21 days in Australia Itinerary

21 days in Australia Itinerary

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21 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Cape Town
Fly:  20​h 15​min
Melbourne
— 4 nights
Fly + taxi:  3​h 15​min
Kangaroo Island
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h
Seppeltsfield
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
Cairns
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
Port Douglas
— 3 nights
shuttle + Fly:  6​h 45​min
Sydney
— 5 nights
Fly:  17​h 30​min
End: Cape Town

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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Old Melbourne Gaol and Shrine of Remembrance. Dedicate the 15th (Tue) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's lots more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, admire all the interesting features of Royal Exhibition Building, take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck 88, and examine the collection at Melbourne Museum.

To see photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Melbourne trip builder .

Cape Town, South Africa to Melbourne is an approximately 20.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from South Africa Standard Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Victoria) is 8 hours. When traveling from Cape Town in May, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Melbourne: temperatures range from 20°C by day to 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Kangaroo Island.

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Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Old Melbourne Gaol ©
Old Melbourne Gaol
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Shrine of Remembrance

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Kangaroo Island

Kangaroo Island ©
Abandoned by Aborigines a few thousand years ago, Kangaroo Island attracts over 140,000 visitors each year.
On the 16th (Wed), look for all kinds of wild species at Raptor Domain and then sample the fine beverages at Kangaroo Island Spirits.

For other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Kangaroo Island trip planner.

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Melbourne to Kangaroo Island in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, bus, car, and ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Seppeltsfield.

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Raptor Domain ©
Raptor Domain
Kangaroo Island Spirits ©
Kangaroo Island Spirits

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nights
Seppeltsfield

Seppeltsfield ©
On the 17th (Thu), learn about winemaking at Seppeltsfield, do a tasting at Kalleske Wines, and then do a tasting at Murray Street Vineyards.

To find other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Seppeltsfield attractions planning app .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Kangaroo Island to Seppeltsfield. In May, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Seppeltsfield

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Murray Street Vineyards ©
Murray Street Vineyards
Kalleske Wines ©
Kalleske Wines
Seppeltsfield ©
Seppeltsfield

4
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Palm Cove (Hartley's Crocodile Adventures & Palm Cove Beach). Spend the 19th (Sat) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Next up on the itinerary: take a tour by water with Shaolin Junk Cruises, get out on two wheels at Trail Bike Adventures, trek along Esplanade Boardwalk, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Monica's Cathedral.

To find where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Cairns trip planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Seppeltsfield to Cairns. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Seppeltsfield in May, with highs in Cairns at 32°C and lows at 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can drive to Port Douglas.

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Scuba & Snorkeling
St Monica's Cathedral ©
St Monica's Cathedral
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

3
nights
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.
Spend the 22nd (Tue) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 23rd (Wed) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. There's still lots to do: stroll through Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, look for gifts at With Sugar, have fun at Port Douglas Tennis Club, and kick back and relax at Four Mile Beach.

To see where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Port Douglas online day trip planner .

You can drive from Cairns to Port Douglas in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. In May, daytime highs in Port Douglas are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can travel to Sydney.

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Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas ©
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas

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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.
The Rocks and Cremorne Point to Mosman Bay Walk will appeal to history buffs. Spend the 29th (Tue) exploring nature at Sydney Harbour National Park. There's still lots to do: see a show at Sydney Opera House, wander the streets of Darling Harbour, trek along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Thomas Becket Church.

To find other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Sydney travel itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Port Douglas to Sydney in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of shuttle, bus, and train. Traveling from Port Douglas in May, things will get little chillier in Sydney: highs are around 24°C and lows about 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

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The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Cremorne Point to Mosman Bay Walk ©
Cremorne Point to Mosman Bay Walk
Justice & Police Museum ©
Justice & Police Museum

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