21 days in Australia Itinerary

21 days in Australia Itinerary

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21 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Bristol
Fly:  25​h
1
Cairns
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
2
Port Douglas
— 3 nights
shuttle + Fly:  4​h
3
Whitsunday Island
— 1 night
bus:  1​h 15​min
4
Airlie Beach
— 3 nights
ferry:  1​h
5
Hamilton Island
— 1 night
+2
Fly + foot + train:  5​h
6
Gold Coast
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
7
Sydney
— 4 nights
Fly + train:  26​h
End: Bristol

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 Palm Cove (Hartley's Crocodile Adventures & Palm Cove Beach). Spend the 4th (Sun) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. The adventure continues: stroll through Esplanade Boardwalk, have fun at Esplanade Lagoon Pool, and take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Gardens.

To find more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read Cairns day trip planning app .

Bristol, UK to Cairns is an approximately 25-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. You'll lose 10 hours traveling from Bristol to Cairns due to the time zone difference. November in Cairns sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 26°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Palm Cove
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
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 7th (Wed) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 8th (Thu) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. The adventure continues: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, enjoy the sand and surf at Four Mile Beach, and take a memorable tour with Port Douglas Boat Hire.

For other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Port Douglas road trip planning tool .

You can drive from Cairns to Port Douglas in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. November in Port Douglas sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 26°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to travel to Whitsunday Island.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas ©
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas

1
night
Whitsunday Island

Whitsunday Island ©
On the 10th (Sat), explore the activities along Hill Inlet and then enjoy the sand and surf at Whitehaven Beach.

To see reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read Whitsunday Island trip website .

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Port Douglas to Whitsunday Island takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. Traveling from Port Douglas in November, plan for little chillier nights in Whitsunday Island, with lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to ride a ferry to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Whitsunday Island

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Hill Inlet ©
Hill Inlet
Whitehaven Beach ©
Whitehaven Beach

3
nights
Airlie Beach

Very much a town with an emphasis on the tropical lifestyle, Airlie Beach offers exotic surroundings with palm trees and charming, sandy beaches.
Spend the 11th (Sun) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On the 12th (Mon), spend a thrilling day on the water with a speed boat tour. The adventure continues: get some thrills out on the water with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, tour the pleasant surroundings at Airlie Beach Lagoon, and explore the activities along Heart Reef.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read our Airlie Beach trip planner.

You can ride a ferry from Whitsunday Island to Airlie Beach in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Whitsunday Island in November, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 27°C in Airlie Beach. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) to allow time to ride a ferry to Hamilton Island.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Waterskiing & Jetskiing
Scuba & Snorkeling
Speed Boats Tours

1
night
Hamilton Island

Hamilton Island ©
A trip to Hamilton Island takes you to a car-free destination mostly covered in bushland.
On the 14th (Wed), tee off at Hamilton Island Golf Club, go for a stroll along the water at Hamilton Island Marina, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

To find ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Hamilton Island trip builder website .

You can ride a ferry from Airlie Beach to Hamilton Island in an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in November, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Hamilton Island

Outdoors Golf Parks
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Hamilton Island Golf Club ©
Hamilton Island Golf Club
Hamilton Island Marina ©
Hamilton Island Marina

3
nights
Gold Coast

Gold Coast ©
A city of towering skyscrapers, sandy beaches, and tree-lined streets, Gold Coast has an unpretentious air complemented by a citywide focus on sports and the arts.
Gold Coast is known for theme parks, beaches, shopping, nightlife, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get in on the family fun at Sea World Theme Park, tour the pleasant surroundings at Burleigh Heads Beach, kick back and relax at Surfer's Paradise Beach, and buy something for everyone on your list at Robina Town Shopping Centre.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Gold Coast vacation app .

You can do a combination of flight and train from Hamilton Island to Gold Coast in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry, bus, and train; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Traveling from Hamilton Island in November, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Gold Coast, with lows of 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Theme Parks Zoos & Aquariums
Find places to stay Nov 14 — 17:
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Sea World Theme Park ©
Sea World Theme Park
Warner Bros. Movie World
Warner Bros. Movie World
Surfers Paradise Beach ©
Surfers Paradise Beach

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: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, admire the natural beauty at The Royal Botanic Garden, kick back and relax at Coogee Beach, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Manly Beach.

For reviews, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Sydney trip planner.

Fly from Gold Coast to Sydney in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in November, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge

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