21 days in Australia Itinerary

21 days in Australia Itinerary

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21 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  3​h 30​min
1
Melbourne
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Gold Coast
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
Noosa
— 4 nights
+4
bus + foot + Fly + taxi + bus:  10​h
5
Airlie Beach
— 2 nights
+3
ferry + foot + Fly + shuttle:  5​h 45​min
6
Port Douglas
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
7
Cape Tribulation
— 3 nights
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  10​h 15​min
End: Sydney

2
nights
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 3rd (Tue): get to know the resident critters at Melbourne Zoo, then take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Melbourne Museum and then let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour.

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Sydney to Melbourne is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Sydney in December since evenings lows in Melbourne dip to 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Tours Zoos & Aquariums
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Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum

3
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, shopping, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see a show at Sydney Opera House, see the interesting displays at Australian National Maritime Museum, tour the pleasant surroundings at Manly Beach, and take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney.

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If you are flying in from United Kingdom, the closest major airport is Sydney Kingsford Smith International Airport. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in December, and nighttime lows around 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©

2
nights
Gold Coast

Gold Coast ©
A city of towering skyscrapers, sandy beaches, and tree-lined streets, Gold Coast has an unpretentious air complemented by a citywide focus on sports and the arts.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Mon): enjoy breathtaking views from SkyPoint Climb, then enjoy breathtaking views from SkyPoint Observation Deck, and then try out the rides at Sea World Theme Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get in on the family fun at Warner Bros. Movie World, get in on the family fun at Infinity Attraction, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Burleigh Heads Beach.

For ratings, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read our Gold Coast day trip app .

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Gold Coast takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In December, daytime highs in Gold Coast are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can go by car to Noosa.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Theme Parks Parks Zoos & Aquariums
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Sea World Theme Park ©
Sea World Theme Park
Warner Bros. Movie World
Warner Bros. Movie World
Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach

4
nights
Noosa

Noosa ©
Known for its "green" development and north-facing beach, Noosa is a natural getaway.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Noosa Main Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Noosa: Maleny Botanic Gardens & Bird World (in Maleny), Mooloolaba Beach (in Mooloolaba) and Artworks in Clay by Anne Gentry-Smith (in Montville). There's much more to do: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Noosa National Park, get great views at Laguna Lookout, enjoy breathtaking views from Mount Tinbeerwah, and learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Australia Zoo.

To find more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Noosa journey builder .

Traveling by car from Gold Coast to Noosa takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Sat) to allow time for travel to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Noosa

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Maleny Botanic Gardens & Bird World, Mooloolaba Beach, Artworks in Clay by Anne Gentry-Smith, Australia Zoo
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Noosa Main Beach ©
Noosa Main Beach
Noosa National Park ©
Noosa National Park
Mooloolaba Beach ©
Mooloolaba Beach

2
nights
Airlie Beach

Very much a town with an emphasis on the tropical lifestyle, Airlie Beach offers exotic surroundings with palm trees and charming, sandy beaches.
You've now added Scuba & Snorkeling to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 15th (Sun): stop by Beach Book Boutique, then kick back and relax at Airlie Beach Lagoon, and then get interesting insight from Tours. On the 16th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the exciting artwork at Art Whitsunday Gallery & Shop and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Airlie Beach trip itinerary app .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Noosa to Airlie Beach takes 10 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In December, daily temperatures in Airlie Beach can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Waterskiing & Jetskiing
Scuba & Snorkeling
Airlie Beach Lagoon ©
Airlie Beach Lagoon

3
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Scuba & Snorkeling. There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, view the masterpieces at Ngarru Gallery, get great views at Flagstaff Hill Lookout, and do a tasting at Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery.

To find maps, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Port Douglas online vacation builder .

Getting from Airlie Beach to Port Douglas by combination of ferry, flight, and shuttle takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle; or drive. In December, daily temperatures in Port Douglas can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Cape Tribulation.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery, Mossman Gorge Centre
Find places to stay Dec 16 — 19:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Safaris

3
nights
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.
Ocean Safari has been added to your itinerary. On the 20th (Fri), take in the dramatic scenery at Alexandra Bay Waterfall, then kick back and relax at Myall Beach, and then let the river carry you with Ocean Safari. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: learn more about the world around you at Daintree Entomological museum, get curious at Daintree Discovery Centre, explore the galleries of Floravilla Ice Cream Factory, then take some stellar pictures from Walu Wugirriga Lookout, and finally hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour.

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Traveling by car from Port Douglas to Cape Tribulation takes 2 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Cape Tribulation can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. On the 22nd (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Daintree, Cow Bay
Find places to stay Dec 19 — 22:
Highlights from your plan
Ocean Safari ©
Ocean Safari
Myall Beach ©
Myall Beach
Horseback Riding Tours

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