21 days in Australia Itinerary

21 days in Australia Itinerary

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21 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Barcelona
Fly:  26​h
Melbourne
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h
Cairns
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 15​min
Townsville
— 11 nights
Fly:  6​h
Lord Howe Island
— 3 nights
Fly:  34​h
End: Barcelona

1
night
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sun): enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck 88 and then look for all kinds of wild species at Blackburn Lake Sanctuary.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Melbourne driving holiday planning app .

Barcelona, Spain to Melbourne is an approximately 26-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Victoria) is 9 hours. When traveling from Barcelona in September, plan for little chillier days in Melbourne, with highs around 20°C, while nights are cooler with lows around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Melbourne

#Wildlife, #Parks

Side Trip

Blackburn Lake Sanctuary
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Blackburn Lake Sanctuary ©
Blackburn Lake Sanctuary
Eureka Skydeck 88 ©
Eureka Skydeck 88

2
nights
Cairns

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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Mon): take in the dramatic natural features at Babinda Boulders and then look for all kinds of wild species at Tablelands, Waterfalls, and Spanish Castle. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: relax in the rural setting at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures and then explore the activities along Centenary Lakes - Cairns Botanic Gardens.

To see photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Cairns trip itinerary maker website .

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Cairns takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. When traveling from Melbourne in September, plan for somewhat warmer days in Cairns, with highs around 33°C, while nights are much warmer with lows around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can travel to Townsville.

Things to do in Cairns

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Nature

Side Trips

Centenary Lakes - Cairns Botanic Gardens, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, Babinda Boulders
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Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Babinda Boulders ©
Babinda Boulders

11
nights
Townsville

Townsville ©
Tucked snugly beneath a steep, craggy mount--known as Castle Hill--the vibrant city of Townsville is as picturesque as its backdrop.
Step off the beaten path and head to Billabong Sanctuary and Wet Tropics World Heritage Area. Step out of Townsville with an excursion to Paluma Range National Park in Mutarnee--about 1h 25 min away. Spend the 15th (Sat) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 21st (Fri) on the water with a fishing tour. The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at Little Crystal Creek, make a trip to Jezzine Barracks, contemplate the waterfront views at Tully River, and head off the coast to Museum of Tropical Queensland.

To see ratings, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Townsville trip itinerary planning site .

You can fly from Cairns to Townsville in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Townsville can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) to allow time to travel to Lord Howe Island.

Things to do in Townsville

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Nature

Side Trips

Queensland, Paluma Range National Park, Dan Gleeson Memorial Gardens, Royal Australian Air Force Townsville Museum, Bowling Green Bay National Park
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Little Crystal Creek ©
Little Crystal Creek
Billabong Sanctuary ©
Billabong Sanctuary
Paluma Range National Park ©
Paluma Range National Park

3
nights
Lord Howe Island

Bursting out of the Tasman Sea, Lord Howe Island offers stunning scenery and many sandy beaches.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Ned's Beach and Lagoon Beach. And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Lord Howe Island Walking Trails, examine the collection at Lord Howe Island Museum, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and take in the awesome beauty at Mt Gower.

For photos, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Lord Howe Island tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Townsville to Lord Howe Island takes 6 hours. On the 26th (Wed), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Lord Howe Island

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Tours
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Ned's Beach ©
Ned's Beach
Lord Howe Island Walking Trails ©
Lord Howe Island Walking Trails

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