21 days in Australia Itinerary

21 days in Australia Itinerary

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21 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  23​h 15​min
1
Cairns
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
2
Port Douglas
— 3 nights
shuttle + Fly:  5​h 45​min
3
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 2 nights
Fly + train:  7​h 45​min
4
Katoomba
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Sydney
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
6
Melbourne
— 4 nights
Fly:  24​h
End: London

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.
Spend the 5th (Tue) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 6th (Wed) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Esplanade Boardwalk, cruise along Captain Cook Highway, and have fun at Esplanade Lagoon Pool.

For reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Cairns vacation maker app .

London, UK to Cairns is an approximately 23.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 10 hours traveling from London to Cairns. Expect much hotter temperatures when traveling from London in March; daily highs in Cairns reach 36°C and lows reach 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk

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.
Spend the 8th (Fri) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 10th (Sun) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. There's still lots to do: experience rural life at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, meet the residents at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, use the Port Douglas holiday maker tool .

You can drive from Cairns to Port Douglas in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in March, and nighttime lows around 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Safaris

2
nights
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park ©
For quintessential Outback scenery and culture, you can't beat a holiday in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, a World Heritage Site.
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is known for nature, museums, outdoors, trails, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Uluru, get engrossed in the history at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, take in the pleasant sights at Lungkata Walk, and head outdoors with Walpa Gorge.

To find photos, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park day trip planner.

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Port Douglas to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. While traveling from Port Douglas, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, ranging from highs of 41°C to lows of 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to travel to Katoomba.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga ©
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga
Valley of the Winds ©
Valley of the Winds

1
night
Katoomba

Katoomba ©
Located off of the Great Western Highway, Katoomba is the main hub of the City of Blue Mountains.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Thu): take in nature's colorful creations at Everglades Historic House and Gardens, explore the world behind art at Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum, admire the sheer force of Wentworth Falls, then stroll through The National Pass, then don't miss a visit to Gallery Blackheath, and finally make a trip to Day FIne Art. Keep things going the next day: scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, take in the dramatic natural features at Wind Eroded Cave, then take some stellar pictures from The Three Sisters, and finally get great views at Hargraves Lookout.

To see other places to visit, maps, photos, and tourist information, go to the Katoomba online travel route planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Katoomba takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in March: high temperatures in Katoomba hover around 31°C and lows are around 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can go by car to Sydney.

Things to do in Katoomba

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Blackheath, Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum, The National Pass, Hargraves Lookout, Everglades Historic House and Gardens
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The National Pass ©
The National Pass
Wentworth Falls ©
Wentworth Falls
Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum ©
Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum

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, examine the collection at Australian National Maritime Museum, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, and wander the streets of The Rocks.

For where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Sydney trip builder .

Getting from Katoomba to Sydney by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train. In March, daytime highs in Sydney are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney ©
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney

4
nights
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, shopping, parks, nightlife, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, brush up on your military savvy at Shrine of Remembrance, enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck 88, and don't miss a visit to Flinders Street Station.

To see reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Melbourne online trip builder .

You can fly from Sydney to Melbourne in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Sydney in March, Melbourne is slightly colder at night with lows of 15°C. You'll set off for home on the 23rd (Sat).

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums Tours Outdoors
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Balloon Rides
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo

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