21 days in Australia Itinerary

21 days in Australia Itinerary

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21 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Denver
Fly:  26​h
1
Cairns
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 45​min
2
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 2 nights
Fly + taxi:  2​h
3
Alice Springs
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
4
Darwin
— 1 day
Fly:  5​h 45​min
5
Broome
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:  8​h 45​min
6
Margaret River
— 1 night
bus + Fly:  12​h
7
Hobart
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h 45​min
8
Port Macquarie
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
9
Brisbane
— 3 nights
Fly:  20​h 45​min
End: Denver

1
night
Cairns

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.
On the 5th (Wed), surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: identify plant and animal life at Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, then stroll through Trinity Beach, and then kick back and relax at Palm Cove Beach.

For other places to visit, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Cairns trip itinerary app .

Denver, USA to Cairns is an approximately 26-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. You'll lose 17 hours traveling from Denver to Cairns due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Denver in June, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 66°F in Cairns. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Trinity Beach, Palm Cove Beach, Australian Butterfly Sanctuary
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Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
Australian Butterfly Sanctuary ©
Australian Butterfly Sanctuary
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Fri): trek along Kuniya Walk, contemplate the waterfront views at Mutitjulu Waterhole, then make a trip to Uluru, and finally trek along Uluru Hiking Path. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: appreciate the views at Valley of the Winds, then explore the striking landscape at Kata Tjuta, and then take an in-depth tour of Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre.

To see reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park vacation builder website .

Traveling by flight from Cairns to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. When traveling from Cairns in June, plan for little chillier days in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, with highs around 67°F, while nights are much colder with lows around 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can travel to Alice Springs.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

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

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sun): see the interesting displays at Road Transport Hall of Fame, then identify plant and animal life at Alice Springs Reptile Centre, and then identify plant and animal life at Alice Springs Desert Park. Here are some ideas for day two: get engrossed in the history at Alice Springs School of the Air Visitor Centre, contemplate the long history of Alice Springs Telegraph Station Historical Reserve, take some stellar pictures from Anzac Hill, then look for all kinds of wild species at The Kangaroo Sanctuary, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Talapi.

To see photos, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read Alice Springs trip planning app .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Alice Springs in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. June in Alice Springs sees daily highs of 68°F and lows of 40°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to travel to Darwin.

Things to do in Alice Springs

Parks Wildlife Museums
Find places to stay Jun 8 — 10:
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Alice Springs Reptile Centre ©
Alice Springs Reptile Centre
The Kangaroo Sanctuary ©
The Kangaroo Sanctuary

1
day
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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Tue): take an in-depth tour of RFDS Darwin Tourist Facility, take in the exciting artwork at Paul Arnold Gallery, view the masterpieces at Mason Gallery, then see the interesting displays at Defence of Darwin Experience, and finally brush up on your military savvy at Darwin Aviation Museum.

To find maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Darwin online attractions planner .

Fly from Alice Springs to Darwin in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Alice Springs in June, you will find days in Darwin are somewhat warmer (88°F), and nights are much warmer (70°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can travel to Broome.

Things to do in Darwin

Museums Shopping
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RFDS Darwin Tourist Facility ©
RFDS Darwin Tourist Facility
Darwin Aviation Museum ©
Darwin Aviation Museum
Defence of Darwin Experience ©
Defence of Darwin Experience

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Wed): get engrossed in the history at Broome Historical Museum, take in the dramatic natural features at Gantheaume Point, then look for all kinds of wild species at Malcolm Douglas Crocodile Park and Animal Refuge, and finally view the masterpieces at The Courthouse Collection. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To see reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Broome sightseeing planner.

Fly from Darwin to Broome in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Darwin to Broome is minus 1 hour. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Broome when traveling from Darwin in June, with lows around 61°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can travel to Margaret River.

Things to do in Broome

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
Find places to stay Jun 11 — 13:
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Broome Historical Museum ©
Broome Historical Museum
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Malcolm Douglas Crocodile Park ©
Malcolm Douglas Crocodile Park

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 14th (Fri): Head underground at Mammoth Cave, Head underground at Lake Cave, then Head underground at Jewel Cave, then enjoy the sea views from Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse, and finally contemplate the long history of Water wheel. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: identify plant and animal life at Sunflowers Animal Farm and then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To see traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read our Margaret River online itinerary planner .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Broome to Margaret River in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Hobart.

Things to do in Margaret River

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Augusta, Boranup, Dolphin & Whale Watching
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Lake Cave ©
Lake Cave
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse ©
Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse

1
night
Hobart

Hobart ©
Snaking up the side of a rounded, tree-dotted hill, Hobart sits between Tasmania’s sprawling mountains and the vast estuary of the River Derwent.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Sun): steep yourself in history at Hobart Convict Penitentiary, look for all kinds of wild species at Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary, admire the striking features of Richmond Gaol, then take in the views from Richmond Bridge, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Battery Point Sculpture Trail. Keep things going the next day: admire the masterpieces at Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, sample the tasty concoctions at Cascade Brewery, then see the interesting displays at Mawson's Hut Replica Museum, and finally take a leisurely stroll along Constitution Dock.

To find reviews, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Hobart trip planner .

Do a combination of bus and flight from Margaret River to Hobart in 12 hours. The time zone changes from Australian Western Standard Time (AWST) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Tasmania) (AEST), which is usually a 2 hour difference. In June in Hobart, expect temperatures between 56°F during the day and 41°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to travel to Port Macquarie.

Things to do in Hobart

Historic Sites Museums Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trip

Richmond
Find places to stay Jun 16 — 17:
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Battery Point Sculpture Trail ©
Battery Point Sculpture Trail
Mawson's Hut Replica Museum ©
Mawson's Hut Replica Museum
Hobart Convict Penitentiary ©
Hobart Convict Penitentiary

2
nights
Port Macquarie

Port Macquarie ©
Known for its numerous beaches and resident koala population, Port Macquarie offers visitors a welcoming environment in which to unwind.
Do your shopping at The Slim Dusty Centre and Kendall Craft Co-operative. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Wingham Brush Nature Reserve and Port Macquarie Museum. Venture out of the city with trips to North Brother Mountain (in Laurieton) and Ellenborough Falls (in Elands). There's more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at St Thomas Anglican Church and admire the striking features of Port Macquarie Historic Court House.

To find where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Port Macquarie trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Hobart to Port Macquarie takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Hobart in June, plan for a bit warmer nights in Port Macquarie, with lows around 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Port Macquarie

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

North Brother Mountain, Kendall Craft Co-operative, The Slim Dusty Centre, Ellenborough Falls, Wingham Brush Nature Reserve
Find places to stay Jun 17 — 20:
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Ellenborough Falls ©
Ellenborough Falls
Wingham Brush Nature Reserve ©
Wingham Brush Nature Reserve
Port Macquarie Museum ©
Port Macquarie Museum

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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Fri): identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, then admire the masterpieces at Queensland Art Gallery, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Old St Stephen's Catholic Church (Pugin Chapel). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat): take in the exciting artwork at The Henderson Gallery, contemplate the long history of Boggo Road Gaol (Jail), and then enjoy the sand and surf at Shorncliffe Beach.

To find reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Brisbane trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Port Macquarie to Brisbane takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. When traveling from Port Macquarie in June, plan for a bit warmer days in Brisbane, with highs around 70°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Shopping Museums
Find places to stay Jun 20 — 23:
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Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Boggo Road Gaol (Jail) ©
Boggo Road Gaol (Jail)

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