21 days in Australia Itinerary

21 days in Australia Itinerary

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21 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  25​h
1
Adelaide
— 2 nights
Fly:  30​h
2
Darwin
— 4 nights
Fly + shuttle:  30​h
3
Port Douglas
— 5 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
4
Cairns
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
5
Brisbane
— 3 nights
Fly:  25​h
End: London

2
nights
Adelaide

Adelaide ©
Adelaide exists contentedly as a cultured, diverse, and attractive city with a laid-back center, leafy residential districts, and an underlying cosmopolitan atmosphere.
You've now added Kangaroo Island Adventure Tours to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 19th (Tue): steep yourself in history at Adelaide Oval and then see the top attractions with Kangaroo Island Adventure Tours. On the 20th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the world behind art at Art Gallery of South Australia, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Adelaide Zoo, and then admire the natural beauty at Adelaide Botanic Garden.

To see reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Adelaide trip planner .

London, UK to Adelaide is an approximately 25-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. You'll lose 9 hours traveling from London to Adelaide due to the time zone difference. Traveling from London in February, things will get much hotter in Adelaide: highs are around 32°C and lows about 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to drive to Darwin.

Things to do in Adelaide

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Ballycroft Vineyard and Cellars, Seppeltsfield
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Adelaide Botanic Garden ©
Adelaide Botanic Garden
Art Gallery of South Australia ©
Art Gallery of South Australia
Adelaide Oval ©
Adelaide Oval

4
nights
Darwin

Darwin ©
The smallest of Australia’s state capitals, Darwin has nevertheless become an attractive and important urban center, being simultaneously one of the country’s most modernized cities and a gateway to both the Top End region and South East Asia.
Darwin is known for museums, beaches, wildlife, theme parks, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: kick back and relax at Mindil Beach, see the interesting displays at Defence of Darwin Experience, don't miss a visit to The Old Town Hall, and take in nature's colorful creations at George Brown Darwin Botanic Gardens.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, go to the Darwin online tour itinerary planner .

Drive from Adelaide to Darwin in 30 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Adelaide in February, with highs in Darwin at 37°C and lows at 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can drive to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Darwin

Parks Outdoors Museums
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Mindil Beach ©
Mindil Beach
Crocosaurus Cove ©
Crocosaurus Cove

5
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.
Change things up with a short trip to Daintree National Park in Cape Tribulation (about 48 minutes away). Spend the 27th (Wed) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 28th (Thu) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. Next up on the itinerary: meet the residents at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, look for gifts at Coffee Works, enjoy the sand and surf at Four Mile Beach, and identify plant and animal life at Mossman Gorge.

For reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Port Douglas holiday maker .

Getting from Darwin to Port Douglas by car takes about 30 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in February, and nighttime lows around 28°C. You'll have a few hours on the 4th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Daintree National Park, Mossman Gorge, Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas ©
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Mon): take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Gardens and then enjoy some diversion at Esplanade Lagoon Pool. Here are some ideas for day two: get interesting insight from Tours.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read Cairns online sightseeing planner .

Drive from Port Douglas to Cairns in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in March, and nighttime lows around 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk
Esplanade Lagoon Pool ©
Esplanade Lagoon Pool

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.
Change things up with a short trip to Sea World Theme Park in Main Beach (about 1h 30 min away). Next up on the itinerary: have fun at South Bank Parklands, admire the natural beauty at Roma Street Parkland, look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, and get great views at Mount Coot-tha Lookout.

To find other places to visit, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read our Brisbane trip planning site .

Fly from Cairns to Brisbane in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Cairns in March: high temperatures in Brisbane hover around 32°C and lows are around 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Theme Parks

Side Trip

Sea World Theme Park
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South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Sea World Theme Park ©
Sea World Theme Park

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