21 days in Australia Itinerary

21 days in Australia Itinerary

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21 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Cardiff
train + Fly:  23​h 15​min
1
Perth
— 3 nights
train:  1​h
2
Mandurah
— 2 nights
taxi + ferry:  2​h 15​min
3
Rottnest Island
— 4 nights
ferry + Drive:  8​h 30​min
4
Melbourne
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
5
Sydney
— 6 nights
Fly + train:  28​h
End: Cardiff


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3
nights
Perth

Perth ©
A modern metropolis of glassy skyscrapers, waterside boulevards, and lush residential neighborhoods, Perth sits on the edge of the Swan Coastal Plain.
Explore hidden gems such as Kayaking & Canoeing and Kings Park War Memorial. Get out of town with these interesting Perth side-trips: Fremantle Prison (in Fremantle) and Rockingham Beach (in Rockingham). The adventure continues: take in nature's colorful creations at Kings Park & Botanic Garden, contemplate the waterfront views at Swan River, steep yourself in history at The Perth Mint, and make a trip to Monument Hill War Memorial.

For other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read Perth travel tool .

Cardiff, UK to Perth is an approximately 23.5-hour combination of train and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of train, shuttle, and flight. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time to Australian Western Standard Time, which is usually an 8 hour difference. Plan for much hotter temperatures traveling from Cardiff in January, with highs in Perth at 38°C and lows at 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Mandurah.

Things to do in Perth

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Fremantle, Rockingham Beach
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Kings Park and Botanic Garden ©
Kings Park and Botanic Garden
Rockingham Beach ©
Rockingham Beach
Fremantle Prison ©
Fremantle Prison

2
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Mandurah

Mandurah is a coastal city in Western Australia, situated approximately 72km south of the state capital, Perth. On the 4th (Mon), take a leisurely stroll along Dolphin Quay, take in the exciting artwork at Emma Blyth Gallery, then take a memorable tour with Tours, and finally get some thrills out on the water with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the long history of Old Blythewood, then look for all kinds of wild species at Point Peron, and then kick back and relax at Rockingham Beach.

To see maps, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Mandurah day trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Perth to Mandurah takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In February, daily temperatures in Mandurah can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to travel to Rottnest Island.

Things to do in Mandurah

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Rockingham, Old Blythewood
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Waterskiing & Jetskiing
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Rockingham Beach ©
Rockingham Beach

4
nights
Rottnest Island

Rottnest Island ©
Rottnest Island is an island off the coast of Western Australia, located 18km west of Fremantle. Discover out-of-the-way places like Ricey Beach and Cathedral Rocks. And it doesn't end there: stroll through Parakeet Bay, steep yourself in history at Salt Store Gallery and Exhibition Centre, enjoy the sand and surf at Salmon Bay, and explore the activities along Porpoise Bay.

For photos, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Rottnest Island trip itinerary website .

Traveling by combination of taxi and ferry from Mandurah to Rottnest Island takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. In February, daily temperatures in Rottnest Island can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Rottnest Island

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Cathedral Rocks ©
Cathedral Rocks
The Basin ©
The Basin
Ricey Beach ©
Ricey Beach

3
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Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Sat): don't miss a visit to Flinders Street Station and then enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck 88. On the 10th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens and then enjoy the sand and surf at Eastern Beach Reserve.

For photos, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Melbourne travel route site .

You can do a combination of ferry, bus, and flight from Rottnest Island to Melbourne in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Rottnest Island to Melbourne is 2 hours. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Rottnest Island in February: high temperatures in Melbourne hover around 32°C and lows are around 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Outdoors

Side Trip

Eastern Beach Reserve
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Eastern Beach Reserve ©
Eastern Beach Reserve
Rod Laver Arena ©
Rod Laver Arena
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens

6
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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.
Explore hidden gems such as Wentworth Falls and Canyoning & Rappelling Tours. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Sydney: Everglades Historic House and Gardens (in Leura) and Govetts Leap (in Blackheath). There's still lots to do: see a show at Sydney Opera House, stroll through Manly Beach, wander the streets of The Rocks, and see the interesting displays at Australian National Maritime Museum.

For reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Sydney trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Sydney takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Traveling from Melbourne in February, plan for a bit warmer nights in Sydney, with lows around 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Katoomba, Everglades Historic House and Gardens, Govetts Leap
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours

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