21 days in Australia Itinerary

21 days in Australia Itinerary

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21 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  3​h 30​min
1
Sydney
— 6 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
2
Brisbane
— 6 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Whitsunday Island
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
4
Cairns
— 5 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
End: Melbourne

6
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Wentworth Falls (in Katoomba) and Blackheath (Gallery Blackheath & Day FIne Art). Spend the 11th (Sat) exploring nature at Sydney Harbour National Park. There's much more to do: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, see the interesting displays at Australian National Maritime Museum, take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, and enjoy the sand and surf at Manly Beach.

For photos, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Sydney road trip site .

Melbourne to Sydney is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Melbourne in May: high temperatures in Sydney hover around 24°C and lows are around 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Blackheath, Sydney Harbour National Park, Wentworth Falls
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney ©
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney

6
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Brisbane: Warner Bros. Movie World (in Oxenford), Sea World Theme Park (in Main Beach) and Surfers Paradise (Surfers Paradise Beach, Infinity Attraction, & more). And it doesn't end there: stroll around South Bank Parklands, explore the activities along The Brisbane River, take some stellar pictures from Mount Coot-tha Lookout, and have some family-friendly fun at Psychic Readings Twin Featherz.

For traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Brisbane trip planner .

You can fly from Sydney to Brisbane in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In May, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Whitsunday Island.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Theme Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Gold Coast
Find places to stay May 13 — 19:
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Sea World Theme Park ©
Sea World Theme Park
South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary

2
nights
Whitsunday Island

Whitsunday Island ©
You've now added Whitehaven Beach to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 20th (Mon): explore the activities along Hill Inlet and then kick back and relax at Whitehaven Beach. On your second day here, head off the coast to Whitsunday Islands National Park.

To see photos, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Whitsunday Island holiday tool .

Getting from Brisbane to Whitsunday Island by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or take a train. May in Whitsunday Island sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Whitsunday Island

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Hill Inlet ©
Hill Inlet
Whitehaven Beach ©
Whitehaven Beach
Whitsunday Islands National Park ©
Whitsunday Islands National Park

5
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cairns: Port Douglas (Safaris, Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, & more) and Palm Cove (Hartley's Crocodile Adventures & Palm Cove Beach). Spend the 22nd (Wed) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's much more to do: trek along Esplanade Boardwalk, view the masterpieces at Bones and Jones, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Blue Sky Brewery, and browse the exhibits of Michael Seebeck Gallery.

To see other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Cairns trip builder app .

Getting from Whitsunday Island to Cairns by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Whitsunday Island in May, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 24°C in Cairns. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Port Douglas, Palm Cove
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Safaris

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