21 days in Australia Itinerary

21 days in Australia Itinerary

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21 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: New York City
bus + Fly:  26​h
1
Sydney
— 1 night
Fly + bus:  12​h 30​min
2
Margaret River
— 1 night
bus + Fly:  8​h 45​min
3
Broome
— 1 night
4
Darwin
— 2 nights
5
Alice Springs
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  2​h
6
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 2 nights
Fly + shuttle:  5​h 45​min
7
Port Douglas
— 1 night
8
Cairns
— 4 nights
Fly + bus:  23​h 15​min
End: New York City

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Wed): enjoy the sand and surf at Bondi Beach, then hike along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, then don't miss a visit to Sydney Opera House, and finally explore the world behind art at Art Gallery of New South Wales. On the 4th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a stroll through Darling Harbour, explore the world behind art at White Rabbit Gallery, and then take a stroll through The Rocks.

To see maps, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read Sydney road trip app .

New York City, USA to Sydney is an approximately 26-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of bus, flight, and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 15 hours traveling from New York City to Sydney. In July, Sydney is much colder than New York City - with highs of 65°F and lows of 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can travel to Margaret River.

Things to do in Sydney

Neighborhoods Parks Outdoors
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©

1
night
Margaret River

Margaret River ©
A low-rise, laid-back town of approximately 4,500 inhabitants, Margaret River serves as an ideal local base to explore the surrounding wine region.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Fri): Head underground at Mammoth Cave, explore the fascinating underground world of Lake Cave, then Head underground at Jewel Cave, then visit a coastal fixture at Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse, and finally don't miss a visit to Hamelin Bay Jetty. Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Cowaramup Bay, then kick back and relax at Surfers Point, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Sunflowers Animal Farm.

To see ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Margaret River online attractions planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Sydney to Margaret River takes 12.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) (AEST) to Australian Western Standard Time (AWST) is minus 2 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Broome.

Things to do in Margaret River

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trips

Augusta, Boranup, Hamelin Bay Jetty, Surfers Point, Cowaramup Bay
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Lake Cave ©
Lake Cave
Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse ©
Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse
Cowaramup Bay ©
Cowaramup Bay

1
night
Broome

Broome ©
A relaxed town of tree-shaded streets and scenic coastal stretches, Broome gained renown as a center of the pearling industry in the late 19th century.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Sun): take an in-depth tour of Broome Historical Museum, take in the dramatic natural features at Gantheaume Point, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Cable Beach, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catholic Diocese of Broome. Here are some ideas for day two: see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour and then identify plant and animal life at Malcolm Douglas Crocodile Park and Animal Refuge.

To find where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Broome tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Margaret River to Broome takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 86°F in July, and nighttime lows around 58°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can travel to Darwin.

Things to do in Broome

Parks Wildlife Outdoors
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Broome Historical Museum ©
Broome Historical Museum
Cable Beach ©
Cable Beach

2
nights
Darwin

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 outdoors at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Speed Boats Tours. Get a sense of the local culture at Defence of Darwin Experience and RFDS Darwin Tourist Facility. And it doesn't end there: take in the dramatic natural features at Berry Springs Nature Park, get engrossed in the history at Darwin Aviation Museum, brush up on your military savvy at Darwin Military Museum, and take in the exciting artwork at Outstation Gallery - Aboriginal Art from Art Centres.

To see more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Darwin visit planner.

Traveling by flight from Broome to Darwin takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Australian Western Standard Time to Australian Central Standard Time (Northern Territory) is 1 hour. Traveling from Broome in July, expect a bit warmer with lows of 67°F in Darwin. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can travel to Alice Springs.

Things to do in Darwin

Tours Outdoors Museums
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Defence of Darwin Experience ©
Defence of Darwin Experience
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Darwin Aviation Museum ©
Darwin Aviation Museum

1
night
Alice Springs

Alice Springs ©
Situated right in the heart of Australia, Alice Springs serves as an urban oasis deep within the country’s parched, desert-like Red Center.
On the 12th (Fri), identify plant and animal life at Alice Springs Desert Park, then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Emily Gap, and then take in the local highlights with Walking tours. Here are some ideas for day two: browse the exhibits of Alice Springs School of the Air Visitor Centre, contemplate the long history of Alice Springs Telegraph Station Historical Reserve, then identify plant and animal life at Alice Springs Reptile Centre, and finally take some stellar pictures from Anzac Hill.

Plan my day in Alice Springs using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Traveling by flight from Darwin to Alice Springs takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Darwin in July: highs in Alice Springs hover around 69°F, while lows dip to 38°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Alice Springs

Wildlife Parks Tours
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Alice Springs Desert Park ©
Alice Springs Desert Park
Walking tours
Alice Springs Reptile Centre ©
Alice Springs Reptile Centre

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.
On the 14th (Sun), take an in-depth tour of Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, take in the exciting artwork at Walkatjara Art, then hike along Kuniya Walk, then contemplate the waterfront views at Mutitjulu Waterhole, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Uluru. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get outside with Walpa Gorge, explore the striking landscape at Kata Tjuta, and then trek along Uluru Hiking Path.

To see reviews and tourist information, read our Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park online itinerary maker .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Alice Springs to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In July, daily temperatures in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park can reach 69°F, while at night they dip to 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Port Douglas.

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

1
night
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 16th (Tue): get interesting insight from Tours. On the 17th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for all kinds of wild species at Mossman Gorge, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, and then meet the residents at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Port Douglas trip itinerary planning app .

Getting from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Port Douglas by combination of flight and shuttle takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive. Traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in July, expect nights in Port Douglas to be much warmer, around 64°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 78°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can go by car to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Mossman Gorge
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Mossman Gorge ©
Mossman Gorge
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas ©
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Trinity Beach and Earl Hill. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Historic Village Herberton and Australian Butterfly Sanctuary. Step out of Cairns to go to Herberton and see Spy & Camera Museum, which is approximately 1h 30 min away. Spend the 19th (Fri) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Spend the 18th (Thu) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see maps, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Cairns online itinerary maker .

Getting from Port Douglas to Cairns by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a shuttle. July in Cairns sees daily highs of 79°F and lows of 64°F at night. On the 21st (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Trinity Beach, Herberton, Australian Butterfly Sanctuary
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Historic Village Herberton ©
Historic Village Herberton
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach

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