21 days in Australia Itinerary

21 days in Australia Itinerary

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21 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Newark
Fly:  27​h
1
Hobart
— 1 day
Fly:  4​h 15​min
2
Melbourne
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Sydney
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
4
Canberra
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h 45​min
5
Perth
— 1 night
Fly + shuttle:  8​h 30​min
6
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
7
Cairns
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h
8
Brisbane
— 3 nights
Fly:  23​h 15​min
End: Newark

1
day
Hobart

Hobart ©
Snaking up the side of a rounded, tree-dotted hill, Hobart sits between Tasmania’s sprawling mountains and the vast estuary of the River Derwent.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Mon): take in the awesome beauty at Mount Wellington, then contemplate the long history of Cascades Female Factory Historic Site, then admire the natural beauty at Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens, and finally identify plant and animal life at Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Hobart trip itinerary maker .

Newark, USA to Hobart is an approximately 27-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Tasmania) (AEST) is 15 hours. Traveling from Newark in December, expect nights in Hobart to be a bit warmer, around 52°F, while days are much warmer, around 70°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Hobart

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary
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Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary
Mount Wellington ©
Mount Wellington
Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens ©
Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens

3
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Melbourne is known for museums, parks, shopping, zoos & aquariums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Victoria, take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck 88, and examine the collection at Melbourne Museum.

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Fly from Hobart to Melbourne in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. When traveling from Hobart in December, plan for a bit warmer days in Melbourne, with highs around 78°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Museums Outdoors
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Melbourne Boat Hire ©
Melbourne Boat Hire
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo

4
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.
Sydney is known for nightlife, trails, beaches, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see a show at Sydney Opera House, take a stroll through Darling Harbour, snap pictures at Sydney Harbour Bridge, and kick back and relax at Coogee Beach.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read Sydney trip planning site .

You can fly from Melbourne to Sydney in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Sydney when traveling from Melbourne in January, with lows around 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Canberra.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
The Royal Botanic Garden ©
The Royal Botanic Garden
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©

1
night
Canberra

Canberra ©
A planned city with streets laid out in elaborate, geometric patterns and founded specifically to serve as the capital of the emerging Australian state, Canberra has a self-sufficient atmosphere.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Tue): ponder the world of politics at Royal Australian Mint, then ponder the world of politics at Parliament of Australia, then get engrossed in the history at Australian War Memorial, and finally don't miss a visit to Mount Ainslie Lookout.

To see other places to visit, reviews, photos, and tourist information, go to the Canberra trip builder site .

Traveling by car from Sydney to Canberra takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Traveling from Sydney in January, expect little chillier with lows of 56°F in Canberra. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can travel to Perth.

Things to do in Canberra

Museums
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Australian War Memorial ©
Australian War Memorial
Parliament of Australia ©
Parliament of Australia
Mount Ainslie Lookout ©
Mount Ainslie Lookout

1
night
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 9th (Wed), explore the activities along Swan River, steep yourself in history at The Perth Mint, and then admire the natural beauty at Kings Park & Botanic Garden.

To find other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Perth road trip planning app .

You can fly from Canberra to Perth in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Canberra to Perth is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Canberra in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Perth, with lows of 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Perth

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Kings Park & Botanic Garden ©
Kings Park & Botanic Garden
Swan River ©
Swan River
The Perth Mint ©
The Perth Mint

2
nights
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 10th (Thu) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 11th (Fri) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. There's much more to do: meet the residents at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, look for gifts at Coffee Works, enjoy some diversion at Port Douglas Tennis Club, and enjoy the sand and surf at Four Mile Beach.

To find maps, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Port Douglas itinerary planning app .

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Perth to Port Douglas takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. The time zone difference when traveling from Perth to Port Douglas is 2 hours. Traveling from Perth in January, Port Douglas is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 75°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can go by car to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

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

3
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cairns: Palm Cove (Hartley's Crocodile Adventures & Palm Cove Beach). Spend the 13th (Sun) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Next up on the itinerary: hike along Esplanade Boardwalk, have fun at Esplanade Lagoon Pool, and admire the natural beauty at Botanical Gardens.

To find traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Cairns visit planning website .

You can drive from Port Douglas to Cairns in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. In January, daytime highs in Cairns are 89°F, while nighttime lows are 75°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Palm Cove
Find places to stay Jan 12 — 15:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk

3
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.
Brisbane is known for parks, wildlife, museums, nightlife, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: have fun at South Bank Parklands, take in nature's colorful creations at Roma Street Parkland, get lost in a book at State Library Of Queensland, and admire all the interesting features of Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt. Coot-tha.

For other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Brisbane road trip app .

Traveling by flight from Cairns to Brisbane takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Cairns in January: highs in Brisbane hover around 84°F, while lows dip to 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Fun & Games Wildlife
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Highlights from your plan
South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Mount Coot-tha Lookout ©
Mount Coot-tha Lookout

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