21 days in Australia Itinerary

21 days in Australia Itinerary

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21 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Monterrey
Fly:  27​h
1
Brisbane
— 3 nights
2
Cairns
— 3 nights
3
Melbourne
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
4
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
5
Brisbane
— 3 nights
6
Gold Coast
— 2 nights
+2
train + foot + Fly:  28​h
End: Monterrey

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.
Brisbane is known for parks, wildlife, museums, nightlife, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: have some family-friendly fun at South Bank Parklands, take in nature's colorful creations at City Botanic Gardens, explore the activities along The Brisbane River, and get great views at Mount Coot-tha Lookout.

To find maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Brisbane trip itinerary tool .

Monterrey, Mexico to Brisbane is an approximately 27-hour flight. You'll lose 16 hours traveling from Monterrey to Brisbane due to the time zone difference. In November, daytime highs in Brisbane are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Fun & Games Wildlife
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South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Mount Coot-tha Lookout ©
Mount Coot-tha Lookout

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.
Take a break from Cairns with a short trip to Palm Cove Beach in Palm Cove, about 32 minutes away. Spend the 20th (Tue) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. The adventure continues: stroll through Esplanade Boardwalk, take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Gardens, have fun at Esplanade Lagoon Pool, and see the world from above with a helicopter tour.

To see traveler tips, ratings, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Cairns trip planner .

Getting from Brisbane to Cairns by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Brisbane in November, things will get somewhat warmer in Cairns: highs are around 36°C and lows about 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trip

Palm Cove Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk
Esplanade Lagoon Pool ©
Esplanade Lagoon Pool

3
nights
Melbourne

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, parks, shopping, zoos & aquariums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, savor the flavors at Food & Drink, don't miss a visit to Flinders Street Station, and meet the residents at Melbourne Zoo.

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Traveling by flight from Cairns to Melbourne takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. While traveling from Cairns, expect little chillier days and cooler nights in Melbourne, ranging from highs of 26°C to lows of 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums Parks Tours
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Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo

3
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, take in nature's colorful creations at The Royal Botanic Garden, enjoy the sand and surf at Manly Beach, and take a stroll through Darling Harbour.

To see other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Sydney trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Sydney takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Melbourne in November, Sydney is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 19°C. On the 29th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can 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
The Royal Botanic Garden ©
The Royal Botanic Garden

3
nights
Brisbane

Brisbane ©
On the 29th (Thu), take in the views from Story Bridge. Keep things going the next day: get a sense of history and politics at City Hall, then admire all the interesting features of Suncorp Stadium, then explore the world behind art at GOMA, and finally find something for the whole family at Wheel of Brisbane.

For ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read our Brisbane journey website .

You can fly from Sydney to Brisbane in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to go by car to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Brisbane

Museums Theme Parks
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Gallery of Modern Art ©
Gallery of Modern Art
Queensland Art Gallery ©
Queensland Art Gallery
Queensland Museum & Sciencentre ©
Queensland Museum & Sciencentre

2
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.
On the 2nd (Sun), find something for the whole family at Sea World Theme Park and then make a trip to Rotary Carousel Broadbeach. Here are some ideas for day two: find something for the whole family at Warner Bros. Movie World, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Surfer's Paradise Beach, and then get in on the family fun at Infinity Attraction.

For traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Gold Coast trip builder .

Traveling by car from Brisbane to Gold Coast takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in December, and nighttime lows around 22°C. On the 4th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Theme Parks Zoos & Aquariums
Find places to stay Dec 2 — 4:
Highlights from your plan
Sea World Theme Park ©
Sea World Theme Park
Warner Bros. Movie World ©
Warner Bros. Movie World
Surfer's Paradise Beach
Surfer's Paradise Beach

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