21 days in Australia Itinerary

21 days in Australia Itinerary

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21 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Athens
Fly:  23​h
Cairns
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
Daintree
— 2 nights
+2
taxi + shuttle + Fly:  7​h
Brisbane
— 6 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
Canberra
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
Sydney
— 5 nights
Fly:  24​h
End: London

3
nights
Cairns

A neat, cosmopolitan city of shaded plazas and laid-back neighborhoods, Cairns serves as a popular base for exploration of the surrounding region and the Great Barrier Reef, as well as a center for watersport activities like surfing or waterskiing.
Visit Palm Cove Beach and Trinity Beach for some beach relaxation. Get in touch with nature at Scuba & Snorkeling and Hartley's Crocodile Adventures. The adventure continues: step off the mainland to explore Michaelmas Cay and pause for some serene contemplation at St Monica's Cathedral.

To find photos, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, use the Cairns trip itinerary builder site .

Athens, Greece to Cairns is an approximately 23-hour flight. You'll lose 8 hours traveling from Athens to Cairns due to the time zone difference. In December, Cairns is much warmer than Athens - with highs of 36°C and lows of 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Cairns

#Outdoors, #Wildlife, #Parks

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Trinity Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach

2
nights
Daintree

Daintree ©
Daintree is a settlement in North Queensland 111km north of Cairns and 56km from Port Douglas, Queensland. On the 19th (Wed), kick back and relax at Wonga Beach and then enjoy the sand and surf at Cow Bay Beach. On the 20th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the dramatic scenery at Alexandra Bay Waterfall, then engage your brain at Daintree Discovery Centre, and then relax in the rural setting at Daintree Tea.

For photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Daintree vacation planner .

You can drive from Cairns to Daintree in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and car; or do a combination of shuttle and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in December, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Daintree

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trips

Cow Bay, Alexandra Bay Waterfall, Wonga Beach
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Daintree Discovery Centre ©
Daintree Discovery Centre

6
nights
Brisbane

Brisbane ©
Queensland’s biggest town and state capital, Brisbane has an attractive, manicured image based around its riverside aesthetic as well as the contrast between its high-rise center and extensive urban greenery.
Get in touch with nature at Kirra Beach and Burleigh Head National Park. Your inner history buff will appreciate New Govardhana Australia and Caloundra Lighthouses. Venture out of the city with trips to Pelican Feeding (in Labrador), Natural Bridge (in Springbrook) and Scuba & Snorkeling (in Mooloolaba). There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve, identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, contemplate the long history of Boggo Road Gaol, and explore the world behind art at Queensland Art Gallery.

For ratings, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Brisbane itinerary builder site .

You can do a combination of taxi, shuttle, and flight from Daintree to Brisbane in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, shuttle, flight, and bus; or drive. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Daintree in December: high temperatures in Brisbane hover around 32°C and lows are around 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can travel to Canberra.

Things to do in Brisbane

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Burleigh Head National Park, Kirra Beach, Caloundra Lighthouses, Natural Bridge, Pelican Feeding
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Kirra Beach ©
Kirra Beach
Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park
Natural Bridge ©
Natural Bridge

1
night
Canberra

Canberra ©
A planned city with streets laid out in elaborate, geometric patterns and founded specifically to serve as the capital of the emerging Australian state, Canberra has a self-sufficient atmosphere.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Thu): contemplate the long history of Lanyon Homestead, then engage your brain at Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve. Here are some ideas for day two: get engrossed in the history at Australian War Memorial, then trek along ANZAC Parade Walk, and then pause for some serene contemplation at St John the Baptist Church.

To find other places to visit, maps, photos, and tourist information, go to the Canberra attractions planning site .

Traveling by flight from Brisbane to Canberra takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Brisbane in December, plan for slightly colder nights in Canberra, with lows around 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can go by car to Sydney.

Things to do in Canberra

#Parks, #Museums, #Trails

Side Trips

Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex, Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve
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Australian War Memorial ©
Australian War Memorial
Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve ©
Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve
ANZAC Parade Walk
ANZAC Parade Walk

5
nights
Sydney

Sydney ©
Lent iconic status as a result of its famous bridge and opera house, Sydney has a down-to-earth charm that enhances its spectacular setting and functional efficiency.
Get in touch with nature at Bondi Beach and Clovelly. Popular historic sites such as The Rocks and Nan Tien Temple are in your itinerary. Venture out of the city with trips to Katoomba (Canyoning & Rappelling Tours & Wentworth Falls). There's lots more to do: hike along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, kick back and relax at Manly Beach, get interesting insight from Tours, and stroll through The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk.

To find photos, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read our Sydney online day trip planner .

You can drive from Canberra to Sydney in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Traveling from Canberra in December, Sydney is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 21°C. On the 2nd (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Sydney

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Beaches

Side Trips

Katoomba, Nan Tien Temple
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The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk

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