21 days in Australia Itinerary

21 days in Australia Itinerary

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21 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Manchester
Fly:  27​h
1
Darwin
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  7​h 15​min
2
North Stradbroke Island
— 1 day
Drive:  3​h 45​min
3
Brisbane
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
4
Melbourne
— 4 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
5
Perth
— 6 nights
Fly:  23​h
End: Manchester

2
nights
Darwin

The smallest of Australia’s state capitals, Darwin has nevertheless become an attractive and important urban center, being simultaneously one of the country’s most modernized cities and a gateway to both the Top End region and South East Asia.
Get in touch with nature at Mindil Beach and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Museum & Art Gallery of the Northern Territory and Defence of Darwin Experience. There's lots more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Crocosaurus Cove, don't miss a visit to The Old Town Hall, and make a splash at Wave Lagoon.

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Manchester, UK to Darwin is an approximately 27-hour flight. Traveling from Manchester to Darwin, you'll lose 9 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Manchester in December, expect Darwin to be much warmer, temps between 38°C and 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to North Stradbroke Island.

Things to do in Darwin

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Mindil Beach ©
Mindil Beach
Crocosaurus Cove ©
Crocosaurus Cove

1
day
North Stradbroke Island

North Stradbroke Island ©
On the 6th (Fri), stroll through Frenchman's Beach, take in the waterfront at North Gorge Walk, then identify plant and animal life at Myora Springs Conservation Area, and finally stroll through Cylinder Beach.

To see photos, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read our North Stradbroke Island trip itinerary website .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Darwin to North Stradbroke Island. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Darwin in December: high temperatures in North Stradbroke Island hover around 32°C and lows are around 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in North Stradbroke Island

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Frenchman's Beach ©
Frenchman's Beach
Myora Springs Conservation Area ©
Myora Springs Conservation Area
North Gorge Walk
North Gorge Walk

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary and The Brisbane River. Next up on the itinerary: let little ones run wild at South Bank Parklands, get great views at Mount Coot-tha Lookout, admire the natural beauty at City Botanic Gardens, and examine the collection at Queensland Museum & Sciencentre.

To see photos, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read our Brisbane trip builder .

Drive from North Stradbroke Island to Brisbane in 3.5 hours. December in Brisbane sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 23°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Wildlife Museums
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Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Queensland Museum & Sciencentre ©
Queensland Museum & Sciencentre
The Brisbane River ©
The Brisbane River

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.
You'll get in some beach time at St. Kilda Beach and Sandridge Beach. Take a break from the city and head to The Great Ocean Road and Balloon Rides. Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Melbourne Museum, brush up on your military savvy at Shrine of Remembrance, take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck 88, and meet the residents at Melbourne Zoo.

To find ratings, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read Melbourne trip builder website .

You can fly from Brisbane to Melbourne in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Brisbane in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Melbourne, with lows of 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can travel to Perth.

Things to do in Melbourne

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

The Great Ocean Road, St. Kilda Beach
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Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum
The Great Ocean Road ©
The Great Ocean Road
Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance

6
nights
Perth

Perth ©
A modern metropolis of glassy skyscrapers, waterside boulevards, and lush residential neighborhoods, Perth sits on the edge of the Swan Coastal Plain.
Get a sense of the local culture at Fremantle Prison and The Perth Mint. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Cottesloe Beach and Warnbro Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Perth side-trips: Rockingham Beach (in Rockingham), Sorrento Beach (in Sorrento) and Quinns Rocks Beach (in Quinns Rocks). There's lots more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Kings Park & Botanic Garden, enjoy the sand and surf at South Beach Recreation Reserve, tour the pleasant surroundings at Trigg Beach, and contemplate the waterfront views at Swan River.

To see where to stay and tourist information, you can read our Perth driving holiday planner .

You can fly from Melbourne to Perth in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (Victoria) (AEST) to Australian Western Standard Time (AWST) is minus 2 hours. While traveling from Melbourne, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Perth, ranging from highs of 35°C to lows of 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Perth

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Fremantle, Trigg, Warnbro Beach, Quinns Rocks Beach, Sorrento Beach
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Kings Park and Botanic Garden ©
Kings Park and Botanic Garden
Fremantle Prison ©
Fremantle Prison
Cottesloe Beach ©
Cottesloe Beach

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