21 days in Australia Itinerary

21 days in Australia Itinerary

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21 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Dubai
Fly:  17​h 30​min
1
Cairns
— 5 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
2
Brisbane
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
3
Sydney
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
4
Melbourne
— 4 nights
Fly:  16​h
End: Dubai

5
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Nature & Wildlife Tours and Palm Cove Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Jaques Coffee Plantation (in Mareeba), Historic Village Herberton (in Herberton) and Babinda Boulders (in Babinda). Spend the 9th (Fri) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Mossman Gorge, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, let little ones run wild at Muddy's Playground, and admire the sheer force of Josephine Falls.

To find maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Cairns trip itinerary planner .

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Cairns is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of shuttle and flight. You'll lose 6 hours traveling from Dubai to Cairns due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Dubai in August, things will get colder in Cairns: highs are around 31°C and lows about 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Port Douglas, Jaques Coffee Plantation, Rex Lookout, Babinda Boulders, Mossman Gorge Centre
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Historic Village Herberton ©
Historic Village Herberton
Mossman Gorge Centre ©
Mossman Gorge Centre

4
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Burleigh Heads Beach and Suncorp Stadium. Venture out of the city with trips to Bee Gees Way (in Redcliffe), Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve (in Maleny) and Surfers Paradise (SkyPoint Climb & Sling Shot & Vomatron Amusement Rides Gold Coast). And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Mooloolaba Beach, take in nature's colorful creations at City Botanic Gardens, take in the views from Story Bridge, and get lost in a book at State Library Of Queensland.

To find photos, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Brisbane vacation website .

Traveling by flight from Cairns to Brisbane takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from Cairns in August, things will get a bit cooler in Brisbane: highs are around 25°C and lows about 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Gold Coast, Bee Gees Way, Mooloolaba Beach, Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve
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Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Mooloolaba Beach ©
Mooloolaba Beach
Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve ©
Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Blue Mountains and Dolphin & Whale Watching. Venture out of the city with trips to Leura (Leura Cascades & Sublime Point Lookout), Katoomba (Wentworth Falls, The Three Sisters, & more) and Govetts Leap (in Blackheath). There's lots more to do: stroll through Manly Scenic Walkway, take in breathtaking views at Lincoln's Rock, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Mary's Cathedral, and trek along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Sydney route builder .

Traveling by flight from Brisbane to Sydney takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Brisbane in August: highs in Sydney hover around 22°C, while lows dip to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Katoomba, Leura, Govetts Leap, Lincoln's Rock
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Blue Mountains ©
Blue Mountains
Dolphin & Whale Watching

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Spas and Southbank. Change things up with a short trip to Lake Wendouree in Ballarat (about 2 hours away). The adventure continues: get the lay of the land with Walking tours, get lost in a book at State Library of Victoria, see the interesting displays at Federation Square, and take in nature's colorful creations at Fitzroy Gardens.

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You can fly from Sydney to Melbourne in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Sydney in August, with highs in Melbourne at 16°C and lows at 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums Parks Tours

Side Trips

Spas, Lake Wendouree
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Australian Centre for the Moving Image ©
Spas
Southbank ©
Southbank

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