21 days in Australia Itinerary

21 days in Australia Itinerary

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21 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  19​h 45​min
1
Perth
— 3 nights
Fly:  9​h 15​min
2
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
3
Sydney
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
4
Whitsunday Island
— 1 night
bus:  45​min
5
Airlie Beach
— 2 nights
Drive + ferry:  4​h 30​min
6
Magnetic Island
— 2 nights
ferry:  30​min
7
Townsville
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 15​min
8
Cairns
— 4 nights
Fly:  23​h 15​min
End: London

3
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at The Perth Mint and St Johns Lutheran Church. You'll get in some beach time at Cottesloe Beach and Secret Harbour Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Perth side-trips: Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Mandurah), Caversham Wildlife Park (in Whiteman) and The Artisan Store Fremantle (in Fremantle). There's still lots to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Swan River, tour the pleasant surroundings at Perth Zoo, and appreciate the history behind Kings Park War Memorial.

To find more things to do, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Perth road trip planner.

London, UK to Perth is an approximately 20-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from London to Perth is 8 hours. Traveling from London in December, you will find days in Perth are warmer (35°C), and nights are a bit warmer (17°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Perth

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Caversham Wildlife Park, Dolphin & Whale Watching, Perth Zoo, The Artisan Store Fremantle, Cottesloe Beach
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Cottesloe Beach ©
Cottesloe Beach
Caversham Wildlife Park ©
Caversham Wildlife Park
Dolphin & Whale Watching

2
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Kata Tjuta and Valley of the Winds. Get a sense of the local culture at Uluru and Mutitjulu Waterhole. Next up on the itinerary: get engrossed in the history at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, get outside with Walpa Gorge, explore the galleries of Walkatjara Art, and go for a walk through Field of Light.

To find ratings, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park online trip maker .

You can fly from Perth to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. The time zone changes from Australian Western Standard Time (AWST) to Australian Central Standard Time (Northern Territory) (ACST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. In December, Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is a bit warmer than Perth - with highs of 42°C and lows of 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Sydney.

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

2
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.
Visiting Bondi Beach and Featherdale Wildlife Park will get you outdoors. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Sydney Opera House and Darling Harbour. Change things up with a short trip to Wentworth Falls in Katoomba (about 1h 30 min away). And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Manly Beach, stroll through Clovelly, admire the natural beauty at The Royal Botanic Garden, and wander the streets of The Rocks.

To find other places to visit, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read Sydney trip maker website .

Fly from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Sydney in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in December, things will get a bit cooler in Sydney: highs are around 32°C and lows about 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Whitsunday Island.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Wentworth Falls, Featherdale Wildlife Park
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Featherdale Wildlife Park ©
Featherdale Wildlife Park
Wentworth Falls ©
Wentworth Falls

1
night
Whitsunday Island

Whitsunday Island ©
Start off your visit on the 1st (Wed): explore the activities along Hill Inlet and then enjoy the sand and surf at Whitehaven Beach.

To see traveler tips, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read Whitsunday Island online travel planner .

Getting from Sydney to Whitsunday Island by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or take a train. When traveling from Sydney in December, plan for a bit warmer days in Whitsunday Island, with highs around 37°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) to allow enough time to take a bus to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Whitsunday Island

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

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, and then kick back and relax at Airlie Beach Lagoon. On the next day, get interesting insight from Tours.

To see more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Airlie Beach trip maker site .

You can take a bus from Whitsunday Island to Airlie Beach in an hour. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In January in Airlie Beach, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 28°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to travel to Magnetic Island.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Kayaking & Canoeing
Airlie Beach Lagoon ©
Airlie Beach Lagoon
Scuba & Snorkeling

2
nights
Magnetic Island

Magnetic Island ©
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sat): kick back and relax at Geoffrey Bay, then head off the coast to Magnetic Island Forts Walk, and then tour the water at your own pace with Big Mama Sailing. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: identify plant and animal life at Nelly Bay to Arcadia Trail and then step off the mainland to explore Magnetic Island National Park.

To find ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Magnetic Island day trip planning website .

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Airlie Beach to Magnetic Island in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of bus, train, and ferry. In January, daily temperatures in Magnetic Island can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) to allow time to ride a ferry to Townsville.

Things to do in Magnetic Island

Wildlife Parks Nature
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Magnetic Island National Park ©
Magnetic Island National Park
Magnetic Island Forts Walk ©
Magnetic Island Forts Walk
Geoffrey Bay ©
Geoffrey Bay

1
night
Townsville

Townsville
Tucked snugly beneath a steep, craggy mount--known as Castle Hill--the vibrant city of Townsville is as picturesque as its backdrop.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Mon): head off the coast to Museum of Tropical Queensland, tour the pleasant surroundings at The Strand, and then admire all the interesting features of Castle Hill.

To find photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read Townsville holiday app .

Townsville is just a short distance from Magnetic Island. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in January, and nighttime lows around 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Townsville

Parks Outdoors Nature
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Castle Hill
Castle Hill
Museum of Tropical Queensland ©
Museum of Tropical Queensland
The Strand ©
The Strand

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.
Get in touch with nature at Palm Cove Beach and Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Spas & Wellness. Spend the 7th (Tue) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For reviews, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Cairns vacation planner .

You can fly from Townsville to Cairns in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Cairns are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. On the 10th (Fri), you're off tohome.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, Palm Cove Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach

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