21 days in Australia Itinerary

21 days in Australia Itinerary

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21 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Cairns
Drive:  1​h 15​min
Port Douglas
— 4 nights
fly:  2​h 30​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
End: London

4
nights
Port Douglas

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Tony's Tropical Tours as well as Wavedancer Low Isles Cruise. There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Four Mile Beach.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Port Douglas road trip planner .

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, daytime highs in Port Douglas are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. On the 13th (Mon), you'll travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Port Douglas

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Wildlife
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Tony's Tropical Tours ©
Tony's Tropical Tours

3
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Queen Street Mall, Wheel of Brisbane and River City Cruises. Get outdoors at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary and Moffat Beach. There's more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at The Brisbane River and indulge your thirst for a good beer at XXXX Brewery Tour.

To find more things to do, reviews, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Brisbane attractions planner.

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Port Douglas to Brisbane takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and bus; or drive. In August, Brisbane is little chillier than Port Douglas - with highs of 25°C and lows of 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, #Outdoors, #Shopping

Side Trip

Moffat Beach
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Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Queen Street Mall ©
Queen Street Mall
The Brisbane River
The Brisbane River

1
night
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.

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

1
night
Coffs Harbour

Coffs Harbour ©
Nestled between the mountains and the ocean, Coffs Harbour is one of the larger cities in New South Wales.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes The Big Banana. Start off your visit on the 17th (Fri): appreciate the history behind The Big Banana, tour the pleasant surroundings at Coffs Creek Walk and Cycleway, then enjoy the sand and surf at Diggers beach, then take a peaceful walk through Korora Lookout, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

To find photos and more tourist information, read Coffs Harbour holiday maker website .

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. In August, daytime highs in Coffs Harbour are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. You'll have a few hours on the 18th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling to Port Macquarie.

Things to do in Coffs Harbour

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Trails

Side Trip

The Yellow Shed
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Korora Lookout ©
Korora Lookout
Diggers beach ©
Diggers beach
The Yellow Shed ©
The Yellow Shed

1
night
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.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Port Macquarie trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

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

1
night
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
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.
You've added Taronga Zoo, Sydney Tower Eye and Skywalk, Manly Beach, and other attractions to your itinerary. There's more to do: get to know the fascinating history of The Rocks and tour the pleasant surroundings at Bondi Beach.

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Getting from Newcastle to Sydney by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in August, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Tours

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Taronga Zoo
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The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Manly Beach
Manly Beach

4
nights
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 Shrine of Remembrance and National Gallery of Victoria. Explore Melbourne's surroundings by going to Quealy Winemakers (in Balnarring), Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park (in Pearcedale) and Ballarat Wildlife Park (in Ballarat). The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Eastern Beach Reserve, tour the pleasant surroundings at Bells Beach, have fun and explore at Australian Centre for the Moving Image, and steep yourself in history at Old Melbourne Gaol.

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

#Museums, #Parks, #Historic Sites

Side Trips

Ballarat, Bells Beach, Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park, Quealy Winemakers, Eastern Beach Reserve
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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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