21 days in Australia Itinerary

21 days in Australia Itinerary

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21 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Mumbai
Fly:  15​h 30​min
1
Cairns
— 2 nights
+3
Fly + Drive + ferry + Drive:  10​h 15​min
2
Fraser Island
— 1 night
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  7​h 45​min
3
Brisbane
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
4
Sydney
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
5
Melbourne
— 6 nights
Fly:  16​h 45​min
End: Mumbai

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Hartley's Crocodile Adventures (in Palm Cove) and Safaris (in Port Douglas). Spend the 2nd (Sat) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. It doesn't end there: enjoy some diversion at Esplanade Lagoon Pool.

To find traveler tips, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read our Cairns travel route website .

Mumbai, India to Cairns is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 4 hours traveling from Mumbai to Cairns. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Mumbai in May, with highs in Cairns at 32°C and lows at 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

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

1
night
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Tue): contemplate the waterfront views at Lake McKenzie and then take a peaceful walk through Central Station Rainforest. On the next day, stroll through Seventy-Five Mile Beach.

To find maps, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Fraser Island road trip website .

Getting from Cairns to Fraser Island by combination of flight, ferry, and car takes about 10.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train, ferry, and car; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and car. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie
Seventy-Five Mile Beach ©
Seventy-Five Mile Beach
Central Station Rainforest ©
Central Station Rainforest

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.
Explore Brisbane's surroundings by going to Warner Bros. Movie World (in Oxenford) and Sea World Theme Park (in Main Beach). There's still lots to do: let the kids burn off some steam at South Bank Parklands, look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, take in nature's colorful creations at City Botanic Gardens, and get great views at Mount Coot-tha Lookout.

To find more things to do, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Brisbane road trip planning tool .

Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Fraser Island to Brisbane takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, ferry, and train; or do a combination of car, ferry, and bus. May in Brisbane sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 15°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Theme Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Gold Coast
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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

5
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: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, kick back and relax at Manly Beach, and stroll through Bondi Beach.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Sydney journey planner .

You can fly from Brisbane to Sydney in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In May, daytime highs in Sydney are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can 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

6
nights
Melbourne

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Dedicate the 19th (Tue) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's still lots to do: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Victoria, meet the residents at Melbourne Zoo, and examine the collection at Melbourne Museum.

To see more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Melbourne trip maker app .

Getting from Sydney to Melbourne by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Sydney in May: high temperatures in Melbourne hover around 20°C and lows are around 9°C. On the 21st (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

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

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