21 days in Australia Itinerary

21 days in Australia Itinerary

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21 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Melbourne
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
Sydney
— 4 nights
+3
Fly + bus + foot + bus:  12​h 15​min
Jabiru
— 2 nights
+4
bus + foot + bus + Fly + shuttle:  11​h 15​min
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  1​h 45​min
Cape Tribulation
— 3 nights
+3
Drive + ferry + Drive + bus:  3​h
Cairns
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
End: Melbourne

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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.
Change things up with a short trip to Werribee Open Range Zoo in Werribee (about 42 minutes away). And it doesn't end there: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, meet the residents at Melbourne Zoo, contemplate the long history of Old Melbourne Gaol, and examine the collection at Melbourne Museum.

To find maps, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Melbourne vacation builder site .

Use the Route module to see travel options from your home to Melbourne. In July, plan for daily highs up to 15°C, and evening lows to 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

#Parks, #Museums, #Outdoors

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Werribee Open Range Zoo
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Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo
Werribee Open Range Zoo ©
Werribee Open Range Zoo

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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.
Sydney is known for nightlife, trails, beaches, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: trek along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, kick back and relax at Bondi Beach, stroll through Manly Beach, and take in nature's colorful creations at The Royal Botanic Garden.

For ratings, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Sydney road trip 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. When traveling from Melbourne in July, plan for somewhat warmer days in Sydney, with highs around 21°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Jabiru.

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

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Jabiru

Jabiru ©
Jabiru is a town in the Northern Territory of Australia. Spend the 10th (Tue) exploring nature at Jarrangbarnmi / Koolpin Gorge. There's lots more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Maguk Gorge, delve into the distant past at Ubirr, admire the sheer force of Jim Jim Falls, and look for all kinds of wild species at Cahills Crossing.

For where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Jabiru trip itinerary maker app .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Sydney to Jabiru in 12.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and car; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Jabiru

#Parks, #Nature, #Historic Sites

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Kakadu National Park
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Jim Jim Falls ©
Jim Jim Falls
Twin Falls ©
Twin Falls
Cahills Crossing ©
Cahills Crossing

3
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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.
Spend the 11th (Wed) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 12th (Thu) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, stop by Coffee Works, enjoy the sand and surf at Four Mile Beach, and take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

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Getting from Jabiru to Port Douglas by combination of bus, flight, and shuttle takes about 11.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car, flight, and shuttle; or drive. July in Port Douglas sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Cape Tribulation.

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

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Cape Tribulation

Cape Tribulation ©
A lush headland that's part of the forested Daintree Region, Cape Tribulation was so named by Lieutenant--later Captain--Cook in 1770, when his ship ran aground in the area.
Spend the 14th (Sat) exploring nature at Daintree National Park. And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Myall Beach, experience rural life at Cape Trib Farm, admire the sheer force of Alexandra Bay Waterfall, and stroll through Cape Tribulation Beach.

For maps, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Cape Tribulation travel route planning website .

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Port Douglas to Cape Tribulation in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in July, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Cairns.

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#Parks, #Nature, #Wildlife
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Daintree National Park ©
Daintree National Park
Dubuji Boardwalk ©
Dubuji Boardwalk
Cape Trib Exotic Fruit Farm ©
Cape Trib Exotic Fruit Farm

3
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Cairns side-trips: Palm Cove (Hartley's Crocodile Adventures & Palm Cove Beach). Spend the 17th (Tue) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's lots more to do: take a memorable tour with Shaolin Junk Cruises, tour the pleasant surroundings at Trail Bike Adventures, take in the exciting artwork at Michael Seebeck Gallery, and enjoy some diversion at Muddy's Playground.

For traveler tips, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read our Cairns trip maker tool .

Traveling by combination of car, ferry, and bus from Cape Tribulation to Cairns takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, ferry, and shuttle; or drive. In July in Cairns, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Cairns

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Wildlife

Side Trip

Palm Cove
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Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk

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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 20th (Fri): take an in-depth tour of Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, then hike along Kuniya Walk, and then explore the striking landscape at Uluru. Here are some ideas for day two: head outdoors with Walpa Gorge, then explore the striking landscape at Kata Tjuta, then view the masterpieces at Walkatjara Art, and finally hike along Uluru Hiking Path.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip planning tool .

Getting from Cairns to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Cairns in July: highs in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park hover around 24°C, while lows dip to 4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

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

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