21 days in Australia Itinerary

21 days in Australia Itinerary

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21 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Manchester
Fly:  23​h
1
Cairns
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
2
Port Douglas
— 3 nights
shuttle + Fly:  6​h 45​min
3
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
4
Melbourne
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
5
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 4 nights
Fly:  9​h 15​min
6
Perth
— 1 day
Fly:  23​h
End: Manchester

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.
Spend the 12th (Thu) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 14th (Sat) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's still lots to do: hike along Esplanade Boardwalk, view the masterpieces at Bones and Jones, have fun at Esplanade Lagoon Pool, and take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Gardens.

To find reviews, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Cairns trip itinerary planner.

Manchester, UK to Cairns is an approximately 23-hour flight. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) (AEST), which is usually a 10 hour difference. Traveling from Manchester in September, things will get somewhat warmer in Cairns: highs are around 33°C and lows about 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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 15th (Sun) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 17th (Tue) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. There's lots more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, and make a trip to St Mary’s by The Sea chapel.

To find traveler tips, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Port Douglas online vacation planner .

You can drive from Cairns to Port Douglas in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a shuttle. In September in Port Douglas, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 22°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

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

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: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, examine the collection at Australian National Maritime Museum, and wander the streets of The Rocks.

For reviews, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read Sydney holiday builder website .

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Port Douglas to Sydney takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Port Douglas in September, things will get little chillier in Sydney: highs are around 25°C and lows about 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) to allow time to 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

3
nights
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, shopping, parks, zoos & aquariums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Melbourne Zoo, and don't miss a visit to Flinders Street Station.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Melbourne trip itinerary maker app .

Fly from Sydney to Melbourne in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Sydney in September, expect Melbourne to be slightly colder, temps between 20°C and 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Melbourne

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

4
nights
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park ©
For quintessential Outback scenery and culture, you can't beat a holiday in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, a World Heritage Site.
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is known for nature, museums, outdoors, trails, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the dramatic natural features at Uluru, admire the verdant scenery at Valley of the Winds, head outdoors with Walpa Gorge, and take in the awesome beauty at Kata Tjuta.

To see more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park day trip app .

You can fly from Melbourne to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 5 hours. Another option is to drive. Traveling from Melbourne in September, things will get somewhat warmer in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park: highs are around 33°C and lows about 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Sat) to allow time for travel to Perth.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga ©
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga
Valley of the Winds ©
Valley of the Winds

1
day
Perth

Perth ©
A modern metropolis of glassy skyscrapers, waterside boulevards, and lush residential neighborhoods, Perth sits on the edge of the Swan Coastal Plain.
On the 29th (Sun), contemplate the waterfront views at Swan River, then steep yourself in history at The Perth Mint, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Kings Park & Botanic Garden.

To see maps, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Perth driving holiday planner .

You can fly from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Perth in 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Perth due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in September, plan for slightly colder days in Perth, with highs around 24°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Perth

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Kings Park and Botanic Garden ©
Kings Park and Botanic Garden
Swan River ©
Swan River
The Perth Mint ©
The Perth Mint

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