21 days in Australia Itinerary

21 days in Australia Itinerary

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21 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Sydney
1
Sydney
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Gold Coast
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h
3
Brisbane
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
4
Cairns
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
shuttle + Fly:  7​h 15​min
6
Melbourne
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
End: Sydney

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.
Kids will enjoy Bondi Beach and Manly Beach. There's still lots to do: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, kick back and relax at Clovelly, and snap pictures at Sydney Harbour Bridge.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Sydney travel route planning tool .

If you are flying in from India, the closest major airport is Sydney Kingsford Smith International Airport. In December in Sydney, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 21°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) to allow time to travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Sydney

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches
Find places to stay Dec 26 — 31:
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Sea Life Sydney Aquarium ©
Sea Life Sydney Aquarium

3
nights
Gold Coast

Gold Coast ©
A city of towering skyscrapers, sandy beaches, and tree-lined streets, Gold Coast has an unpretentious air complemented by a citywide focus on sports and the arts.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Sea World Theme Park and Dreamworld. Next up on the itinerary: get in on the family fun at Warner Bros. Movie World, tour the pleasant surroundings at Surfer's Paradise Beach, and buy something for everyone on your list at Marina Mirage.

For more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Gold Coast driving holiday website .

Fly from Sydney to Gold Coast in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In December, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to drive to Brisbane.

Things to do in Gold Coast

#Theme Parks, #Parks, #Zoos & Aquariums
Find places to stay Dec 31 — Jan 3:
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Sea World Theme Park ©
Sea World Theme Park
Dreamworld ©
Dreamworld
Warner Bros. Movie World ©
Warner Bros. Movie World

2
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 3rd (Thu): look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary and then get great views at Mount Coot-tha Lookout. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the natural beauty at Roma Street Parkland and then enjoy some diversion at South Bank Parklands.

To see maps, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Brisbane online trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Gold Coast to Brisbane in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In January, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Brisbane

#Parks, #Fun & Games, #Wildlife
Find places to stay Jan 3 — 5:
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Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Mount Coot-tha Lookout ©
Mount Coot-tha Lookout

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.
Attractions like Scuba & Snorkeling and Trinity Beach make great kid-friendly stops. Change things up with these side-trips from Cairns: Palm Cove Beach (in Palm Cove) and Australian Butterfly Sanctuary (in Kuranda). Spend the 7th (Mon) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's still lots to do: stroll through Esplanade Boardwalk, have fun at Esplanade Lagoon Pool, and admire the natural beauty at Botanical Gardens.

To see where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Cairns day trip planning app .

You can fly from Brisbane to Cairns in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In January, daytime highs in Cairns are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

#Outdoors, #Wildlife, #Tours

Side Trips

Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, Trinity Beach, Palm Cove Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Wed): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On the 10th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the striking landscape of Daintree National Park.

To see photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Port Douglas visit 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. January in Port Douglas sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Port Douglas

#Wildlife, #Adventure, #Outdoors

Side Trip

Daintree National Park
Find places to stay Jan 8 — 11:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Daintree National Park ©
Daintree National Park

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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Melbourne Zoo and Old Melbourne Gaol. Step out of Melbourne with an excursion to Werribee Open Range Zoo in Werribee--about 42 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum, brush up on your military savvy at Shrine of Remembrance, and admire the striking features of Royal Exhibition Building.

To find ratings, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Melbourne holiday app .

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Port Douglas to Melbourne takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. Traveling from Port Douglas in January, expect Melbourne to be a bit cooler, temps between 32°C and 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

#Museums, #Parks, #Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Werribee Open Range Zoo
Find places to stay Jan 11 — 15:
Highlights from your plan
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo
Werribee Open Range Zoo ©
Werribee Open Range Zoo

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