21 days in Australia Itinerary

21 days in Australia Itinerary

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21 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
1
Melbourne
— 4 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
2
Sydney
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h
3
Cairns
— 4 nights
Fly:  1​h 30​min
4
Hamilton Island
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h
5
Brisbane
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 45​min
6
Noosa
— 3 nights
Drive:  12​h 15​min
7
Sydney
— 1 night
Fly:  22​h 30​min
End: Lima

4
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Explore hidden gems such as Eastern Beach Reserve and Art Gallery of Ballarat. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Melbourne: Lake Daylesford (in Daylesford) and Ballarat Wildlife Park (in Ballarat). There's much more to do: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Melbourne Zoo, enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck 88, explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Victoria, and don't miss a visit to Melbourne Star Observation Wheel.

For other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Melbourne trip itinerary planner .

If you are flying in from Peru, the closest major airport is Melbourne International Airport. November in Melbourne sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 11°C at night. On the 1st (Sat), you're off toSydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Museums Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Ballarat, Lake Daylesford, Eastern Beach Reserve
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Eastern Beach Reserve ©
Eastern Beach Reserve
St. Patrick's Cathedral ©
St. Patrick's Cathedral
Ballarat Wildlife Park ©
Ballarat Wildlife Park

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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, hike along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, tour the pleasant surroundings at The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk, and wander the streets of Darling Harbour.

To see traveler tips, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read Sydney route maker .

You can fly from Melbourne to Sydney in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Traveling from Melbourne in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Sydney, with lows of 21°C. You will leave for Cairns on the 5th (Wed).

Things to do in Sydney

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

4
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Daintree Rainforest - Cooper Creek Wilderness and Historic Village Herberton. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cairns: Babinda Boulders (in Babinda), The Bat Hospital Visitor Centre (in Atherton) and Port Douglas (Opal Reef & St Mary’s by The Sea chapel). There's lots more to do: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, look for all kinds of wild species at Atherton Tablelands, enjoy some diversion at Esplanade Lagoon Pool, and step off the mainland to explore Michaelmas Cay.

To find reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Cairns route tool .

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Cairns takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Sydney in December, expect Cairns to be a bit warmer, temps between 36°C and 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Hamilton Island.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife Parks Tours

Side Trips

Port Douglas, Babinda Boulders, Historic Village Herberton, The Bat Hospital Visitor Centre
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Historic Village Herberton ©
Historic Village Herberton
Atherton Tablelands ©
Atherton Tablelands

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nights
Hamilton Island

Hamilton Island ©
A trip to Hamilton Island takes you to a car-free destination mostly covered in bushland.
Step off the beaten path and head to Hamilton Island Marina and Hamilton Island Golf Club. There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Catseye Beach, get your game on at Sports Club, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Wild life Hamilton Island.

Plan a Hamilton Island trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

Getting from Cairns to Hamilton Island by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. December in Hamilton Island sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 28°C at night. On the 12th (Wed), you're off toBrisbane.

Things to do in Hamilton Island

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Hamilton Island Marina ©
Hamilton Island Marina
Passage Peak ©
Passage Peak
Catseye Beach ©
Catseye Beach

few
hours
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.
To find where to stay, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read Brisbane trip planner .

You can fly from Hamilton Island to Brisbane in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, bus, and train; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Traveling from Hamilton Island in December, plan for a bit cooler nights in Brisbane, with lows around 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can go by car to Noosa.
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Anzac Square ©
Anzac Square

3
nights
Noosa

Noosa ©
Known for its "green" development and north-facing beach, Noosa is a natural getaway.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Noosa National Park and Point Cartwright. Venture out of the city with trips to Queensland Air Museum (in Caloundra), Marcoola Beach (in Marcoola) and Buderim Forest Park (in Buderim). There's lots more to do: stroll through Noosa Main Beach, stop by Belmondos Organic Market, kick back and relax at Mooloolaba Beach, and wander the streets of Hastings Street.

To see photos, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, use the Noosa trip itinerary builder site .

You can drive from Brisbane to Noosa in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Noosa

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Mooloolaba, Noosa Botanic Gardens, Queensland Air Museum, Coolum Beach, Marcoola Beach
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Point Cartwright ©
Point Cartwright
Noosa Main Beach ©
Noosa Main Beach
Mooloolaba Beach ©
Mooloolaba Beach

1
night
Sydney

Sydney
To see photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read Sydney trip itinerary maker tool .

Do a combination of bus and flight from Noosa to Sydney in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, and flight; or drive. You'll set off for home on the 17th (Mon).

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Tours Parks
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