21 days in Australia Itinerary

21 days in Australia Itinerary

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21 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: San Juan, Puerto Rico
Fly:  29​h
1
Sydney
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Melbourne
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
3
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
4
Cairns
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
+4
shuttle + Fly + Drive + ferry + Drive:  11​h
6
Fraser Island
— 2 nights
Fly:  35​h
End: San Juan, Puerto Rico


5
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.
The Rocks and Australian National Maritime Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll explore and learn at Brett Whiteley Studio and Justice & Police Museum. Spend the 11th (Thu) exploring nature at Sydney Harbour National Park. There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Bondi Beach, wander the streets of Darling Harbour, admire the masterpieces at Art Gallery of New South Wales, and don't miss a visit to Sydney Opera House.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, use the Sydney trip planner.

San Juan, Puerto Rico to Sydney is an approximately 29-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone changes from Atlantic Standard Time (AST) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) (AEST), which is usually a 14 hour difference. Plan for much colder temperatures traveling from San Juan in July, with highs in Sydney at 21°C and lows at 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
The Rocks ©
The Rocks

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 Museum and National Gallery of Victoria will appeal to museum buffs. Get some cultural insight at Shrine of Remembrance and Australian Centre for the Moving Image. There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Old Melbourne Gaol, enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck 88, see the interesting displays at National Sports Museum, and pause for some serene contemplation at Scots Church.

To find reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Melbourne holiday planning website .

Fly from Sydney to Melbourne in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Sydney in July, with highs in Melbourne at 15°C and lows at 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums Historic Sites Childrens Museums
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Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum
Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance
National Gallery of Victoria ©
National Gallery of Victoria

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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Wed): hike along Kuniya Walk and then take in the dramatic natural features at Uluru. On your second day here, get outside with Walpa Gorge, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Kata Tjuta, then take an in-depth tour of Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Walkatjara Art.

For traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park travel route builder site .

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. When traveling from Melbourne in July, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park: temperatures range from 24°C by day to 4°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta ©
Kata Tjuta
Kuniya Walk ©
Kuniya Walk

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Scuba & Snorkeling and Hartley's Crocodile Adventures. You'll get in some beach time at Palm Cove Beach and Trinity Beach. Next up on the itinerary: take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Monica's Cathedral.

For more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Cairns tour planner.

You can fly from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Cairns in 3.5 hours. Another option is to drive. When traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in July, plan for somewhat warmer days in Cairns, with highs around 30°C, while nights are much hotter with lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can drive to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Trinity Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Mon): look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas. On the next day, take in the exciting artwork at Des Spencer Galleries, then get interesting insight from Shaolin Junk Cruises, then meet the residents at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Four Mile Beach.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Port Douglas day trip website .

Drive from Cairns to Port Douglas in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. July in Port Douglas sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Shaolin Junk Cruises
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Four Mile Beach ©
Four Mile Beach
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas ©
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas

2
nights
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Thu): don't miss a visit to K'gari and then explore the activities along Indian Head. Keep things going the next day: stroll through Eli Creek and then enjoy the sand and surf at Seventy-Five Mile Beach.

For photos, reviews, and tourist information, use the Fraser Island trip itinerary maker .

You can do a combination of shuttle, flight, ferry, and car from Port Douglas to Fraser Island in 11 hours. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Port Douglas in July, with highs in Fraser Island at 26°C and lows at 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Beaches Parks Outdoors
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Seventy-Five Mile Beach ©
Seventy-Five Mile Beach
Eli Creek ©
Eli Creek

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