21 days in Australia Itinerary

21 days in Australia Itinerary

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21 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Dusseldorf
Fly:  24​h
1
Melbourne
— 1 night
Fly + train:  6​h
2
Katoomba
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly + bus:  4​h 30​min
4
Byron Bay
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
5
Noosa
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Maleny
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
7
Brisbane
— 1 night
+2
Fly + taxi + bus:  5​h
8
Airlie Beach
— 1 night
+3
ferry + foot + Fly + shuttle:  5​h 45​min
9
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
10
Cairns
— 2 nights
Fly + train:  22​h 45​min
End: Dusseldorf

1
night
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
On the 27th (Wed), get a taste of the local shopping with The White Room Interiors and then wander the streets of Melbourne Central. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Thu): examine the collection at Melbourne Museum, look for gifts at Lightning Ridge Opal Mines, then hunt for treasures at Degraves Street, and finally take a stroll through Collins St/Swanston St.

To see reviews, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Melbourne online journey planner .

Dusseldorf, Germany to Melbourne is an approximately 24-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 9 hours traveling from Dusseldorf to Melbourne. While traveling from Dusseldorf, expect warmer days and a bit warmer nights in Melbourne, ranging from highs of 26°C to lows of 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to travel to Katoomba.

Things to do in Melbourne

Shopping Neighborhoods Tours
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Melbourne Central ©
Melbourne Central
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum
Degraves Street ©
Degraves Street

1
night
Katoomba

Katoomba ©
Located off of the Great Western Highway, Katoomba is the main hub of the City of Blue Mountains.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Fri): browse for treasures at Katoomba Antique Centre, take in the exciting artwork at Falls Gallery, look for gifts at Teddy Sinclair, then view the masterpieces at Blue Mountains Cultural Centre, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Bridal Veil Falls. Keep things going the next day: take in the exciting artwork at Lost Bear Gallery, view the masterpieces at Gallery One88, buy something for everyone on your list at Leura Mall, then take in the dramatic scenery at Wentworth Falls, and finally admire all the interesting features of The National Pass.

For traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, use the Katoomba visit planning website .

Do a combination of flight and train from Melbourne to Katoomba in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Melbourne in November: high temperatures in Katoomba hover around 32°C and lows are around 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Sydney.

Things to do in Katoomba

Shopping Museums Parks

Side Trips

Leura, The National Pass, Falls Gallery
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Lost Bear Gallery ©
Lost Bear Gallery
Wentworth Falls ©
Wentworth Falls
The National Pass ©
The National Pass

3
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.
Get outdoors at Bondi Beach and Manly Beach. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Sydney Fish Market and ATTY Gallery. There's much more to do: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, tour the pleasant surroundings at Foundation Park, don't miss a visit to Queen Victoria Building (QVB), and pause for some photo ops at Queen Victoria.

For maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Sydney trip planner .

Drive from Katoomba to Sydney in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Traveling from Katoomba in November, expect nights in Sydney to be about the same, around 19°C, while days are little chillier, around 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) to allow time to travel to Byron Bay.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
The Rocks ©
The Rocks

1
night
Byron Bay

Byron Bay ©
Named after Lord Byron's grandfather, Byron Bay is not only famous as the easternmost point of Australia, but even more so as one of the liveliest vacation spots in the country.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Wed): view the masterpieces at Thomgallery, take in the exciting artwork at Hammer and Hand Byron Bay Jewellery and Metal Collective, look for gifts at Jules Hunt Studio Gallery, then enjoy the sand and surf at Broken Head Beach, and finally identify plant and animal life at Broken Head Nature Reserve.

To see where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Byron Bay tour itinerary planning app .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Sydney to Byron Bay takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In December, daytime highs in Byron Bay are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Noosa.

Things to do in Byron Bay

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Broken Head
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Broken Head Beach ©
Broken Head Beach
Thomgallery ©
Thomgallery
Broken Head Nature Reserve ©
Broken Head Nature Reserve

2
nights
Noosa

Noosa ©
Known for its "green" development and north-facing beach, Noosa is a natural getaway.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Thu): stop by The Real McCaul, then browse the different shops at Maroochydore, Sunshine Plaza, then browse the different shops at Kawana Shoppingworld, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Peregian Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the exciting artwork at Artisans Gallery, hunt for treasures at The Original Eumundi Markets, then view the masterpieces at Noosa Regional gallery, and finally wander the streets of Hastings Street.

To see maps, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Noosa road trip site .

You can drive from Byron Bay to Noosa in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can drive to Maleny.

Things to do in Noosa

Shopping Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Eumundi, Maroochydore, Sunshine Plaza, Kawana Shoppingworld
Find places to stay Dec 4 — 6:
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The Real McCaul ©
The Real McCaul
Peregian Beach ©
Peregian Beach
The Original Eumundi Markets ©
The Original Eumundi Markets

1
night
Maleny

Maleny ©
A large influx of people searching for a cooperative lifestyle migrate to Maleny every year.
On the 7th (Sat), take in the exciting artwork at Art on Cairncross, stop by Opals Down Under, take in the exciting artwork at Tina Cooper Gallery, then take in the exciting artwork at Artworks in Clay by Anne Gentry-Smith, then view the masterpieces at Montville Art Gallery, and finally trek along Obi Boardwalk.

To find photos, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Maleny trip planner .

You can drive from Noosa to Maleny in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. December in Maleny sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 23°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Brisbane.

Things to do in Maleny

Shopping Museums Wildlife

Side Trips

Montville, Opals Down Under, Tina Cooper Gallery
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Opals Down Under ©
Opals Down Under
Art on Cairncross ©
Art on Cairncross
Montville Art Gallery ©
Montville Art Gallery

1
night
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 8th (Sun): identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary and then kick back and relax at Dicky Beach.

To see other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Brisbane planning website .

Drive from Maleny to Brisbane in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can travel to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Dicky Beach
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Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Dicky Beach ©
Dicky Beach

1
night
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 9th (Mon): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Airlie Beach trip itinerary builder .

Do a combination of flight and bus from Brisbane to Airlie Beach in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and ferry; or drive. Traveling from Brisbane in December, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Airlie Beach, with lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
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Scuba & Snorkeling

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Scuba & Snorkeling and Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas. Head to Des Spencer Galleries and With Sugarfor plenty of shopping. Spend the 11th (Wed) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. There's more to do: identify plant and animal life at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures.

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Traveling by combination of ferry, flight, and shuttle from Airlie Beach to Port Douglas takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle; or drive. In December in Port Douglas, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 26°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

2
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.
On the 13th (Fri), discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: trek along Esplanade Boardwalk, then enjoy the sand and surf at Palm Cove Beach, and then view the masterpieces at Village Gallery.

For traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Cairns trip itinerary builder app .

Traveling by car from Port Douglas to Cairns takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. In December, daily temperatures in Cairns can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Palm Cove
Find places to stay Dec 12 — 14:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk

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