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
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
2
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 3 nights
Fly + bus:  13​h 45​min
3
Margaret River
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  8​h 45​min
4
Broome
— 2 nights
5
Darwin
— 2 nights
6
Cairns
— 4 nights
Fly + bus:  23​h 15​min
End: New York City

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Sydney Opera House and Art Gallery of New South Wales. Museum-lovers will get to explore Australian National Maritime Museum and White Rabbit Gallery. Spend the 4th (Thu) exploring nature at Sydney Harbour National Park. There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, get to know the fascinating history of The Rocks, and kick back and relax at Bondi Beach.

For maps, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read our Sydney trip itinerary builder 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. You'll lose 15 hours traveling from New York City to Sydney due to the time zone difference. Plan for colder temperatures traveling from New York City in July, with highs in Sydney at 65°F and lows at 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Nature Museums
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©

3
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 Valley of the Winds and Kata Tjuta. Get outdoors at Uluru and Uluru Hiking Path. The adventure continues: trek along Kuniya Walk, head outdoors with Walpa Gorge, explore the activities along Mutitjulu Waterhole, and take an in-depth tour of Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre.

To see maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park sightseeing planning website .

Fly from Sydney to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Sydney in July since evenings lows in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park dip to 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Margaret River.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta ©
Kata Tjuta
Valley of the Winds ©
Valley of the Winds

2
nights
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Lake Cave and Dolphin & Whale Watching. Visit Cowaramup Bay and Margaret River Mouth Beach for some beach relaxation. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Margaret River: Augusta (Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse & Jewel Cave). Next up on the itinerary: indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, look for all kinds of wild species at Sunflowers Animal Farm, and explore the fascinating underground world of Mammoth Cave.

To see reviews, maps, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Margaret River road trip planner.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Margaret River in 14 hours. Another option is to drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Margaret River due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can travel to Broome.

Things to do in Margaret River

Parks Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

Augusta, Boranup, Dolphin & Whale Watching, Cowaramup Bay
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Lake Cave ©
Lake Cave
Cowaramup Bay ©
Cowaramup Bay
Jewel Cave ©
Jewel Cave

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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Broome Historical Museum and SSJG Heritage Centre. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Cable Beach. The adventure continues: admire all the interesting features of Gantheaume Point, look for all kinds of wild species at Malcolm Douglas Crocodile Park and Animal Refuge, and get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To find maps, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Broome trip itinerary builder site .

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. In July, daily temperatures in Broome can reach 86°F, while at night they dip to 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to travel to Darwin.

Things to do in Broome

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
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Broome Historical Museum ©
Broome Historical Museum
Cable Beach ©
Cable Beach
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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.
Defence of Darwin Experience and Mason Gallery are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Darwin Aviation Museum and RFDS Darwin Tourist Facility will appeal to museum buffs. Spend the 16th (Tue) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's still lots to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Berry Springs Nature Park, take a memorable tour with Tours, indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, and explore the galleries of Mbantua Fine Art Gallery.

For photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Darwin online tour builder .

Getting from Broome to Darwin by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Broome to Darwin, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Broome in July, expect a bit warmer with lows of 67°F in Darwin. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Darwin

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

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 Trinity Beach and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Explore hidden gems such as Palm Cove Beach and Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas. Change things up with these side-trips from Cairns: Hartley's Crocodile Adventures (in Palm Cove) and Australian Butterfly Sanctuary (in Kuranda). There's more to do: admire the natural beauty at Botanical Gardens.

To find ratings, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Cairns trip planning site .

Traveling by flight from Darwin to Cairns takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Darwin in July, you will find days in Cairns are a bit cooler (79°F), and nights are about the same (64°F). On the 21st (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

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

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