21 days in Australia Itinerary

21 days in Australia Itinerary

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21 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Montreal
Fly:  26​h
1
Melbourne
— 6 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Sydney
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
3
Brisbane
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
4
Cairns
— 4 nights
Fly:  27​h
End: Toronto

6
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Explore hidden gems such as Lake Wendouree and Art Gallery of Ballarat. Change things up with these side-trips from Melbourne: Ballarat Wildlife Park (in Ballarat) and Eastern Beach Reserve (in Geelong). Next up on the itinerary: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, shop like a local with The White Room Interiors, admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Victoria, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Melbourne Zoo.

For traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Melbourne day trip planning app .

Montreal, Canada to Melbourne is an approximately 26-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Victoria) (AEST), which is usually a 15 hour difference. Prepare for colder weather when traveling from Montreal in July: high temperatures in Melbourne hover around 15°C and lows are around 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) to allow time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Museums Wildlife

Side Trips

Ballarat, Eastern Beach Reserve
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Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Australian Centre for the Moving Image ©
State Library Victoria ©
State Library Victoria

4
nights
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Wentworth Falls and Nan Tien Temple. There's lots more to do: make a trip to Sydney Opera House, take a stroll through Darling Harbour, trek along The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk, and get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour.

For maps, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, go to the Sydney trip planner .

Getting from Melbourne to Sydney by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. When traveling from Melbourne in July, plan for a bit warmer days in Sydney, with highs around 21°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) early enough to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Wentworth Falls, Nan Tien Temple
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Roma Street Parkland and Eagle Street Pier. Step out of Brisbane with an excursion to Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve in Maleny--about 1h 45 min away. Spend the 28th (Sun) with some fine spirits on a distillery tour. There's still lots to do: let the kids burn off some steam at South Bank Parklands, identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, and take some stellar pictures from Mount Coot-tha Lookout.

For where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Brisbane holiday planner .

Getting from Sydney to Brisbane by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in July, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve
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Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve ©
Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve
Distillery Tours
Eagle Street Pier ©
Eagle Street Pier

4
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Photography Tours and Atherton Tablelands. Venture out of the city with trips to Daintree Rainforest - Cooper Creek Wilderness (in Cape Tribulation), Historic Village Herberton (in Herberton) and Walu Wugirriga Lookout (in Cow Bay). Spend the 2nd (Fri) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to St Mary’s by The Sea chapel, browse the exhibits of Doongal Aboriginal Art, and learn about winemaking at Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery.

To see more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Cairns trip builder app .

You can fly from Brisbane to Cairns in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Brisbane in July: high temperatures in Cairns hover around 30°C and lows are around 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Walu Wugirriga Lookout, St Mary’s by The Sea chapel, Historic Village Herberton, Photography Tours, Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery
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Photography Tours
Historic Village Herberton ©
Historic Village Herberton
Scuba & Snorkeling

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