21 days in Australia Itinerary

21 days in Australia Itinerary

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21 days in Australia Itinerary

London
Fly:  20​h
Perth
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
Alice Springs
— 3 nights
Fly + taxi:  1​h 30​min
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
Cairns
— 5 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
Sydney
— 5 nights
Fly:  24​h
London

5
days
Perth

Perth ©
A modern metropolis of glassy skyscrapers, waterside boulevards, and lush residential neighborhoods, Perth sits on the edge of the Swan Coastal Plain.
Explore hidden gems such as Cottesloe Beach and Mandurah Cruises. Relax by the water at Scarborough Beach and Warnbro Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Perth side-trips: Caversham Wildlife Park (in Whiteman), Quinns Rocks Beach (in Quinns Rocks) and Back Beach (in Lancelin). There's much more to do: admire the natural beauty at Kings Park & Botanic Garden, take in the views from Elizabeth Quay, let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, and pause for some photo ops at Kings Park War Memorial.

To find where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Perth trip itinerary maker tool .

London, UK to Perth is an approximately 20-hour flight. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time to Australian Western Standard Time, which is usually an 8 hour difference. Traveling from London in December, expect nights in Perth to be somewhat warmer, around 17°C, while days are much hotter, around 35°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Alice Springs.

Things to do in Perth

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trips

Cottesloe Beach, Warnbro Beach, Scarborough Beach, Quinns Rocks Beach, Mandurah Cruises
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Cottesloe Beach ©
Cottesloe Beach
Mandurah Cruises ©
Mandurah Cruises
Scarborough Beach ©
Scarborough Beach

3
days
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Alice Springs Desert Park and Alice Springs Reptile Centre. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Trephina Gorge Nature Park and Ewaninga Rock Carvings Conservation Reserve. The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at The Kangaroo Sanctuary, contemplate the long history of Alice Springs Telegraph Station Historical Reserve, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Gillen, and take in the exciting artwork at Talapi.

To see photos, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Alice Springs sightseeing planner.

You can fly from Perth to Alice Springs in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Perth to Alice Springs. Traveling from Perth in December, expect Alice Springs to be a bit warmer, temps between 41°C and 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) to allow time to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Alice Springs

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Historic Sites

Side Trip

Red Centre
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The Kangaroo Sanctuary ©
The Kangaroo Sanctuary
Alice Springs Desert Park ©
Alice Springs Desert Park
Alice Springs Reptile Centre ©
Alice Springs Reptile Centre

2
days
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 3rd (Thu): admire the verdant scenery at Valley of the Winds, explore the striking landscape at Kata Tjuta, and then take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: hike along Uluru Hiking Path, take in the exciting artwork at Walkatjara Art, take an in-depth tour of Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, then identify plant and animal life at Kuniya Walk, and finally explore the striking landscape at Uluru.

For more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip builder website .

Getting from Alice Springs to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park by combination of flight and taxi takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive. In January in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, expect temperatures between 43°C during the day and 26°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

#Parks, #Nature, #Trails

Side Trip

Helicopter Tours
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Kata Tjuta ©
Kata Tjuta
Valley of the Winds ©
Valley of the Winds
Uluru ©
Uluru

5
days
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Trinity Beach and Palm Cove Beach. Explore hidden gems such as Mossman Gorge and Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas. Venture out of the city with trips to With Sugar (in Port Douglas), Daintree National Park (in Cape Tribulation) and Australian Butterfly Sanctuary (in Kuranda). Spend the 5th (Sat) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's more to do: enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour and take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Gardens.

To see where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Cairns tour itinerary planning website .

You can fly from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Cairns in 3.5 hours. Another option is to drive. Traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in January, expect nights in Cairns to be about the same, around 28°C, while days are slightly colder, around 37°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Cairns

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Wildlife

Side Trips

Port Douglas, Palm Cove Beach, Daintree National Park, Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, Mossman Gorge
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach

4
days
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Bondi Beach and Manly Beach. We've included these beaches for you: Coogee Beach and Camp Cove. And it doesn't end there: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, engage your brain at Powerhouse Museum, trek along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, and wander the streets of Darling Harbour.

To see ratings, photos, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Sydney tour planner .

Traveling by flight from Cairns to Sydney takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In January, Sydney is a bit cooler than Cairns - with highs of 32°C and lows of 23°C. On the 14th (Mon), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Beaches
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Manly Beach
Manly Beach
Coogee Beach ©
Coogee Beach

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