21 days in Australia Itinerary

21 days in Australia Itinerary

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21 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  20​h
Perth
— Few hours
Fly:  6​h
Cairns
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
Port Douglas
— 3 nights
shuttle + Fly:  6​h
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 45​min
Melbourne
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
Sydney
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
Lord Howe Island
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 15​min
Brisbane
— 2 nights
Fly:  24​h
End: London

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Perth

Perth ©
A modern metropolis of glassy skyscrapers, waterside boulevards, and lush residential neighborhoods, Perth sits on the edge of the Swan Coastal Plain.
On the 12th (Fri), enjoy the scholastic atmosphere at The University of Western Australia, admire the natural beauty at Kings Park & Botanic Garden, and then have fun at City Summit Indoor Rock Climbing.

To see reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Perth tour itinerary planner .

London, UK to Perth is an approximately 20-hour flight. You'll lose 8 hours traveling from London to Perth due to the time zone difference. When traveling from London in October, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Perth: temperatures range from 28°C by day to 12°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Perth

#Parks, #Fun & Games

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City Summit Indoor Rock Climbing
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Kings Park & Botanic Garden ©
Kings Park & Botanic Garden
City Summit Indoor Rock Climbing ©
City Summit Indoor Rock Climbing
The University of Western Australia ©

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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.
Bring the kids along to Scuba & Snorkeling and Palm Cove Beach. Step out of Cairns with an excursion to Hartley's Crocodile Adventures in Palm Cove--about 44 minutes away. There's still lots to do: trek along Esplanade Boardwalk, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Monica's Cathedral, and get out on two wheels at Trail Bike Adventures.

To see maps, photos, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Cairns trip maker website .

Fly from Perth to Cairns in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Perth to Cairns. Traveling from Perth in October, things will get somewhat warmer in Cairns: highs are around 34°C and lows about 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

#Outdoors, #Wildlife, #Tours

Side Trip

Palm Cove
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk

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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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Scuba & Snorkeling and Four Mile Beach. Spend the 17th (Wed) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. The adventure continues: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas and get outside with Port Douglas Microlights.

For where to stay, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read Port Douglas online trip maker .

Traveling by car from Cairns to Port Douglas takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. October in Port Douglas sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 23°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Port Douglas

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Wildlife
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas ©
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas

1
night
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park ©
For quintessential Outback scenery and culture, you can't beat a holiday in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, a World Heritage Site.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Fri): trek along Uluru Hiking Path, get engrossed in the history at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, then trek along Kuniya Walk, and finally make a trip to Uluru. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the exciting artwork at Walkatjara Art, take in the awesome beauty at Kata Tjuta, and then head outdoors with Walpa Gorge.

To see reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip planner .

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Port Douglas to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. While traveling from Port Douglas, expect somewhat warmer days and little chillier nights in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, ranging from highs of 38°C to lows of 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Nature
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Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta ©
Kata Tjuta
Kuniya Walk ©
Kuniya Walk

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Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Melbourne Zoo and Werribee Open Range Zoo. The adventure continues: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, steep yourself in history at Old Melbourne Gaol, admire all the interesting features of Royal Exhibition Building, and admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Victoria.

To see more things to do, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Melbourne road trip planner.

You can fly from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Melbourne in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in October, you will find days in Melbourne are cooler (24°C), and nights are a bit cooler (9°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

#Parks, #Zoos & Aquariums, #Outdoors

Side Trip

Werribee Open Range Zoo
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Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo
Werribee Open Range Zoo ©
Werribee Open Range Zoo
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum

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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.
Family-friendly places like Bondi Beach and Manly Beach will thrill your kids. There's much more to do: trek along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, take a stroll through Darling Harbour, get to know the fascinating history of The Rocks, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium.

To see traveler tips, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Sydney travel website .

You can fly from Melbourne to Sydney in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Melbourne in October: high temperatures in Sydney hover around 28°C and lows are around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough to travel to Lord Howe Island.

Things to do in Sydney

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach

1
night
Lord Howe Island

Lord Howe Island ©
Bursting out of the Tasman Sea, Lord Howe Island offers stunning scenery and many sandy beaches.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sun): hike along Lord Howe Island Walking Trails and then enjoy the sand and surf at Ned's Beach.

To find photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Lord Howe Island route tool .

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Lord Howe Island takes 3.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) early enough to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Lord Howe Island

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Trails
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Ned's Beach ©
Ned's Beach
Lord Howe Island Walking Trails ©
Lord Howe Island Walking Trails

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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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Mon): take a memorable drive along Captain Cook Highway and then have fun at South Bank Parklands. Here are some ideas for day two: look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary and then take some stellar pictures from Mount Coot-tha Lookout.

To see reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Brisbane vacation planner.

You can fly from Lord Howe Island to Brisbane in 3.5 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Brisbane can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Brisbane

#Parks, #Fun & Games, #Wildlife

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Captain Cook Highway
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South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Mount Coot-tha Lookout ©
Mount Coot-tha Lookout

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