Route & dates
21 days in Australia Itinerary
Cairns— 3 nights
bus: 1h 15min
Port Douglas— 2 nights
shuttle + Fly + foot + ferry: 5h 45min
Airlie Beach— 3 nights
bus + taxi + Fly: 5h
Brisbane— 3 nights
Fly: 3h 45min
Sydney— 3 nights
Fly: 5h 30min
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park— 3 nights
Fly + train: 34h
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The Gateway to the Great Barrier Reef
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.Shop till you drop at Rainforest Gems Gallery & Studio and Doongal Aboriginal Art Gallery Cairns. You'll discover tucked-away gems like St Monica's Cathedral and Spy & Camera Museum. Change things up with these side-trips from Cairns: The Crystal Caves (in Atherton), Cathedral Fig Tree (in Yungaburra) and Jaques Coffee Plantation (in Mareeba). There's lots more to do: admire the sheer force of Millaa Millaa Falls, hike along Esplanade Boardwalk, admire the natural beauty at Munro Martin Parklands, and brush up on your military savvy at The Australian Armour & Artillery Museum.
For other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Cairns travel route planner .
Cardiff, UK to Cairns is an approximately 26-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) is 10 hours. Traveling from Cardiff in October, expect nights in Cairns to be a bit warmer, around 24°C, while days are much warmer, around 34°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) early enough to catcht the bus to Port Douglas.
Things to do in Cairns
Rainforest Gems Gallery & Studio, Millaa Millaa Falls, Jaques Coffee Plantation, Cathedral Fig Tree, The Crystal Caves
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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.Kick off your visit on the 29th (Thu): kick back and relax at Four Mile Beach, see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, then make a trip to St Mary’s by The Sea chapel, and finally stop by Coffee Works Port Douglas. Here are some ideas for day two: identify plant and animal life at Opal Reef, identify plant and animal life at Kuku Yalanji Dreamtime, then learn about winemaking at Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery, and finally browse the eclectic array of goods at Sunday Market Port Douglas.
For more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, use the Port Douglas trip itinerary builder tool .
Traveling by bus from Cairns to Port Douglas takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In October, daytime highs in Port Douglas are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sat) so you can travel to Airlie Beach.
Things to do in Port Douglas
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Gateway to the Whitsundays
Very much a town with an emphasis on the tropical lifestyle, Airlie Beach offers exotic surroundings with palm trees and charming, sandy beaches.Escape the urban bustle at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Scuba & Snorkeling. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Horseshoe Bay and Whitsunday Great Walk. Step out of Airlie Beach to go to Collinsville and see The Coalface Experience, which is approximately 2 hours away. There's more to do: paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour and contemplate the waterfront views at Heart Reef.
To see traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Airlie Beach online tour planner .
Traveling by combination of shuttle, flight, and ferry from Port Douglas to Airlie Beach takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and bus; or drive. When traveling from Port Douglas in October, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Airlie Beach: temperatures range from 30°C by day to 24°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) so you can travel to Brisbane.
Things to do in Airlie Beach
The Coalface Experience, Horseshoe Bay
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Australia's New World City
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.Appreciate the collections at Opal Museum and Robert Henderson Gallery. Take a break from the city and head to Dolphin & Whale Watching and D'Aguilar National Park. The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Old St Stephen's Catholic Church (Pugin Chapel), grab your bike and head to Kedron Brook Bikeway, wander the streets of West End, and kick back and relax at Shorncliffe Beach.
For more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Brisbane trip builder .
Getting from Airlie Beach to Brisbane by combination of bus and flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and flight; or drive. Expect little chillier evenings in Brisbane when traveling from Airlie Beach in November, with lows around 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can travel to Sydney.
Things to do in Brisbane
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The Harbour City
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 some cultural insight at Cremorne Point to Mosman Bay Walk and Sydney Opera House. Explore hidden gems such as Dolphin & Whale Watching and The Gap Park. There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Bondi Beach, learn about all things military at Anzac Memorial, stop by Opal Minded, and stroll through Manly Beach.
To find photos, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Sydney trip maker tool .
Traveling by flight from Brisbane to Sydney takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In November, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.
Things to do in Sydney
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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.Get in touch with nature at Valley of the Winds and Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga. Museum-lovers will get to explore Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre and Walkatjara Art. And it doesn't end there: explore the striking landscape at Uluru, hike along Kuniya Walk, explore the activities along Mutitjulu Waterhole, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Uluru Hiking Path.
To find ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park road trip planning app .
You can fly from Sydney to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 5.5 hours. Another option is to drive. Traveling from Sydney in November, you will find days in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park are somewhat warmer (41°C), and nights are about the same (22°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can travel back home.
Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
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