21 days in Australia Itinerary

21 days in Australia Itinerary

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21 days in Australia Itinerary

Cairns
Drive:  1​h 15​min
Port Douglas
— 4 nights
shuttle + Fly:  6​h 15​min
Brisbane
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
Byron Bay
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
Coffs Harbour
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
Port Macquarie
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
Newcastle
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
Sydney
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
Melbourne
— 4 nights
Fly:  25​h
London

4
days
Port Douglas

A holiday in Port Douglas balances an activity-filled getaway with plenty of opportunities to relax, thanks to its proximity to the Great Barrier Reef and bustling beach life.
Get outdoors at Scuba & Snorkeling and Safaris. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Michaelmas Cay and Sunday Market Port Douglas. When in Port Douglas, make a side trip to see Birdworld Kuranda in Kuranda, approximately 1h 10 min away. Next up on the itinerary: experience rural life at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures and kick back and relax at Four Mile Beach.

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Cairns to Port Douglas is an approximately 1.5-hour car ride. You can also take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. In August in Port Douglas, expect temperatures between 31°C during the day and 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Port Douglas

#Wildlife, #Outdoors, #Tours

Side Trips

Birdworld Kuranda, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, Michaelmas Cay
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Safaris

3
days
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Queen Street Mall and State Library Of Queensland. Boggo Road Gaol and Catholic Old St. Stephen's Church (chapel) will appeal to history buffs. There's lots more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, sample the tasty concoctions at XXXX Brewery Tour, contemplate the waterfront views at The Brisbane River, and take a stroll through West End.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Brisbane trip planning app .

Do a combination of shuttle and flight from Port Douglas to Brisbane in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and bus; or drive. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Port Douglas in August: high temperatures in Brisbane hover around 25°C and lows are around 11°C. On the 16th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Byron Bay.

Things to do in Brisbane

#Parks, #Neighborhoods, #Shopping
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Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Queensland Art Gallery ©
Queensland Art Gallery
Queen Street Mall ©
Queen Street Mall

1
day
Byron Bay

Byron Bay ©
Named after Lord Byron's grandfather, Byron Bay is not only famous as the easternmost point of Australia, but even more so as one of the liveliest vacation spots in the country.
On the 16th (Thu), kick back and relax at Wategos Beach and then enjoy the sea views from Cape Byron Lighthouse.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Byron Bay trip planner.

You can drive from Brisbane to Byron Bay in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Brisbane in August since evenings lows in Byron Bay dip to 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Coffs Harbour.

Things to do in Byron Bay

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches
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Wategos Beach ©
Wategos Beach
Cape Byron Lighthouse ©
Cape Byron Lighthouse

1
day
Coffs Harbour

Coffs Harbour ©
Nestled between the mountains and the ocean, Coffs Harbour is one of the larger cities in New South Wales.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Fri): learn about winemaking at Raleigh Vineyard & Winery, grab your bike and head to Coffs Creek Walk and Cycleway, enjoy the sand and surf at Diggers beach, then look for all kinds of wild species at Korora Lookout, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

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Traveling by car from Byron Bay to Coffs Harbour takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. August in Coffs Harbour sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 10°C at night. On the 18th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Port Macquarie.

Things to do in Coffs Harbour

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Trails

Side Trips

The Yellow Shed, Raleigh Vineyard & Winery
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Korora Lookout ©
Korora Lookout
Raleigh Vineyard & Winery ©
Raleigh Vineyard & Winery
Diggers beach ©
Diggers beach

1
day
Port Macquarie

Port Macquarie ©
Known for its numerous beaches and resident koala population, Port Macquarie offers visitors a welcoming environment in which to unwind.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Sat): identify plant and animal life at Koala Hospital and then pause for some serene contemplation at St Thomas Anglican Church.

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Traveling by car from Coffs Harbour to Port Macquarie takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. While traveling from Coffs Harbour, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Port Macquarie, ranging from highs of 14°C to lows of 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to drive to Newcastle.

Things to do in Port Macquarie

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Nature

Side Trip

Bago Vineyards and Bago Maze
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Koala Hospital ©
Koala Hospital
St Thomas Anglican Church ©
St Thomas Anglican Church
Bago Vineyards and Bago Maze ©
Bago Vineyards and Bago Maze

0
days
Newcastle

Newcastle
While Newcastle is known for its coal exports, it's also made a name for itself with a cultural boom.
To find reviews, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Newcastle holiday planning site .

You can drive from Port Macquarie to Newcastle in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. When traveling from Port Macquarie in August, plan for somewhat warmer days in Newcastle, with highs around 22°C, while nights are a bit cooler with lows around 7°C. On the 20th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Sydney.

Things to do in Newcastle

#Historic Sites
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4
days
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Wentworth Falls and Coachwood Glen Nature Trail. Relax by the water at Bondi Beach and Manly Beach. When in Sydney, make a side trip to see Bradman Museum & International Cricket Hall of Fame in Bowral, approximately 1h 55 min away. The adventure continues: appreciate the extensive heritage of The Rocks, wander the streets of Darling Harbour, admire the striking features of Sydney Opera House, and hunt for treasures at Sydney Fish Market.

For maps, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, use the Sydney sightseeing planner .

Getting from Newcastle to Sydney by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or fly. In August, daily temperatures in Sydney can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Beaches

Side Trips

Bradman Museum & International Cricket Hall of Fame, Coachwood Glen Nature Trail, Wentworth Falls
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The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Manly Beach
Manly Beach

5
days
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Head to Art Gallery of Ballarat and Degraves Streetfor plenty of shopping. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Melbourne Museum and Old Melbourne Gaol. Explore Melbourne's surroundings by going to Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park (in Pearcedale), Ballarat Wildlife Park (in Ballarat) and Quealy Winemakers (in Balnarring). The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Eastern Beach Reserve, tour the pleasant surroundings at Bells Beach, get curious at Australian Centre for the Moving Image, and explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Victoria.

To see maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Melbourne trip itinerary builder website .

Fly from Sydney to Melbourne in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Sydney in August: high temperatures in Melbourne hover around 16°C and lows are around 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

#Parks, #Museums, #Historic Sites

Side Trips

Ballarat, Bells Beach, Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park, Eastern Beach Reserve, Quealy Winemakers
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Art Gallery of Ballarat ©
Art Gallery of Ballarat
Eastern Beach Reserve ©
Eastern Beach Reserve
Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance

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