21 days in Australia Itinerary

21 days in Australia Itinerary

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21 days in Australia Itinerary

London
Fly:  20​h
Perth
— 1 night
ferry:  1​h 15​min
Rottnest Island
— 2 nights
+3
ferry + foot + bus + Fly:  6​h 30​min
Alice Springs
— Few hours
Drive:  3​h 45​min
Kings Canyon
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 45​min
Atherton
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h 30​min
Daintree
— 1 night
Drive:  45​min
Mossman
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
Townsville
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h
Cairns
— 2 nights
Fly:  1​h 45​min
Whitsunday Island
— 1 night
ferry:  1​h 15​min
Airlie Beach
— 1 night
ferry:  1​h
Hamilton Island
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly:  24​h
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 26th (Wed), pause for some photo ops at Kings Park War Memorial and then enjoy the sand and surf at Cottesloe Beach. Keep things going the next day: kick back and relax at Scarborough Beach, appreciate the history behind The Bell Tower, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Swan River.

For more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Perth tour itinerary planner.

London, UK to Perth is an approximately 20-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Australian Western Standard Time (AWST) is 8 hours. Expect much warmer weather when traveling from London in December: highs in Perth hover around 35°C, while lows dip to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can ride a ferry to Rottnest Island.

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#Parks, #Beaches, #Outdoors

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Scarborough Beach, Cottesloe Beach
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Cottesloe Beach
Scarborough Beach ©
Scarborough Beach
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Swan River

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Rottnest Island

Rottnest Island ©
Rottnest Island is an island off the coast of Western Australia, located 18km west of Fremantle. Kick off your visit on the 28th (Fri): look for all kinds of wild species at Cathedral Rocks, kick back and relax at West End, and then stroll through Ricey Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at Salmon Bay, then contemplate the long history of Oliver Hill Battery, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Parakeet Bay.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, go to the Rottnest Island trip itinerary builder website .

Ride a ferry from Perth to Rottnest Island in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and taxi; or do a combination of ferry and train. December in Rottnest Island sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Alice Springs.

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#Parks, #Beaches, #Outdoors
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Parakeet Bay ©
Parakeet Bay
Salmon Bay ©
Salmon Bay
Ricey Beach ©
Ricey Beach

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Alice Springs

Alice Springs ©
Situated right in the heart of Australia, Alice Springs serves as an urban oasis deep within the country’s parched, desert-like Red Center.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Sun): identify plant and animal life at Alice Springs Reptile Centre, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Gillen, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Alice Springs Desert Park.

To see ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Alice Springs driving holiday site .

You can do a combination of ferry, bus, and flight from Rottnest Island to Alice Springs in 6.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry, train, and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Rottnest Island to Alice Springs. Traveling from Rottnest Island in December, things will get somewhat warmer in Alice Springs: highs are around 41°C and lows about 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to travel to Kings Canyon.

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#Parks, #Wildlife, #Nature
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Alice Springs Desert Park ©
Alice Springs Desert Park
Alice Springs Reptile Centre ©
Alice Springs Reptile Centre
Mount Gillen ©
Mount Gillen

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Kings Canyon

Kings Canyon ©
On the 31st (Mon), explore the stunning scenery at Kings Canyon and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kings Creek Station.

To find where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Kings Canyon trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Alice Springs to Kings Canyon in 6 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Kings Canyon

#Historic Sites, #Nature, #Parks

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Kings Canyon
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Kings Creek Station ©
Kings Creek Station
Kings Canyon ©
Kings Canyon

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Tue): admire all the interesting features of Uluru, take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, and then explore the striking landscape at Kata Tjuta.

To see reviews, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park day trip planning website .

Drive from Kings Canyon to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 4 hours. In December, daytime highs in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park are 42°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to travel to Atherton.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

#Nature, #Parks, #Tours

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Helicopter Tours
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Kata Tjuta ©
Kata Tjuta
Uluru ©
Uluru
Helicopter Tours

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Atherton

Atherton ©
Atherton is a town and locality on the Atherton Tablelands within the Tablelands Region, Far North Queensland, Australia. Start off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): steep yourself in history at Historic Village Herberton and then admire the sheer force of Nandroya Falls.

For photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Atherton trip itinerary planning website .

Explore your travel options from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Atherton with the Route module. When traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in January, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Atherton: temperatures range from 37°C by day to 28°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to travel to Daintree.

Things to do in Atherton

#Nature, #Parks, #Museums

Side Trip

Historic Village Herberton
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Nandroya Falls ©
Nandroya Falls
Historic Village Herberton ©
Historic Village Herberton

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Daintree

Daintree ©
Daintree is a settlement in North Queensland 111km north of Cairns and 56km from Port Douglas, Queensland. Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): make a trip to Elizas Gallery, experience rural life at Daintree Tea, then hike along Mount Sorrow Ridge Trail, and finally stop by Daintree Naturals Artist Market.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Daintree attractions planner .

You can drive from Atherton to Daintree in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in January, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can travel to Mossman.

Things to do in Daintree

#Outdoors, #Trails, #Parks
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Mount Sorrow Ridge Trail ©
Mount Sorrow Ridge Trail
Elizas Gallery ©
Elizas Gallery

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Mossman

Mossman ©
Mossman is a town and a locality in Far North Queensland, Australia, on the Mossman River. Kick off your visit on the 4th (Fri): do a tasting at Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery, then look for all kinds of wild species at Mossman Gorge, and then tee off at Mossman Golf Club. On the next day, explore the striking landscape of Daintree National Park.

To find reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Mossman trip planner .

Mossman is very close to Daintree. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in January, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can travel to Townsville.

Things to do in Mossman

#Wildlife, #Parks, #Nature

Side Trips

Mossman Gorge, Daintree National Park
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Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery ©
Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery
Daintree National Park ©
Daintree National Park

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Townsville

Townsville ©
Tucked snugly beneath a steep, craggy mount--known as Castle Hill--the vibrant city of Townsville is as picturesque as its backdrop.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Sun): step off the mainland to explore Reef HQ Great Barrier Reef Aquarium, enjoy the sand and surf at The Strand, and then admire all the interesting features of Castle Hill.

For reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Townsville road trip planning website .

Explore your travel options from Mossman to Townsville with the Route module. In January, daily temperatures in Townsville can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to travel to Cairns.

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The Strand ©
The Strand
Castle Hill
Castle Hill
Reef HQ Great Barrier Reef Aquarium ©

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Mon): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Keep things going the next day: identify plant and animal life at Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Trinity Beach, and then stroll through Palm Cove Beach.

For ratings, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Cairns day trip planning app .

Traveling by flight from Townsville to Cairns takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Cairns are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to travel to Whitsunday Island.

Things to do in Cairns

#Outdoors, #Wildlife, #Tours

Side Trips

Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, Trinity Beach, Palm Cove Beach
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Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach

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Whitsunday Island

Whitsunday Island ©
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Wed): explore the activities along Hill Inlet and then enjoy the sand and surf at Whitehaven Beach.

To see ratings, maps, photos, and tourist information, use the Whitsunday Island travel route planner.

You can fly from Cairns to Whitsunday Island in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or take a train. In January, daytime highs in Whitsunday Island are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Whitsunday Island

#Parks, #Beaches, #Outdoors
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Hill Inlet ©
Hill Inlet
Whitehaven Beach ©
Whitehaven Beach

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Airlie Beach

Airlie Beach ©
Very much a town with an emphasis on the tropical lifestyle, Airlie Beach offers exotic surroundings with palm trees and charming, sandy beaches.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Thu): look for gifts at Whitsunday Opals, tour the pleasant surroundings at Airlie Beach Lagoon, and then add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

To find reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Airlie Beach trip planner .

You can ride a ferry from Whitsunday Island to Airlie Beach in 1.5 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Airlie Beach can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can ride a ferry to Hamilton Island.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Adventure
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Airlie Beach Lagoon ©
Airlie Beach Lagoon
Kayaking & Canoeing
Whitsunday Opals ©
Whitsunday Opals

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Hamilton Island

Start off your visit on the 11th (Fri): play a few rounds at Hamilton Island Golf Club and then identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Hamilton Island travel planner .

Traveling by ferry from Airlie Beach to Hamilton Island takes an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. In January, daytime highs in Hamilton Island are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Hamilton Island

#Outdoors, #Wildlife, #Tours
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hamilton Island Golf Club ©
Hamilton Island Golf Club

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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.
On the 12th (Sat), see a show at Sydney Opera House, then hike along The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk, then kick back and relax at Manly Beach, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Camp Cove. On the 13th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sand and surf at Coogee Beach, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Clovelly, then hike along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, and finally kick back and relax at Bondi Beach.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Sydney online route planner .

You can fly from Hamilton Island to Sydney in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Hamilton Island in January since evenings lows in Sydney dip to 23°C. On the 14th (Mon), you'll travel back home.

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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Manly Beach
Manly Beach
Coogee Beach ©
Coogee Beach

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