21 days in Australia Itinerary

21 days in Australia Itinerary

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21 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  25​h
1
Adelaide
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Melbourne
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Sydney
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
4
Brisbane
— 5 nights
Fly:  25​h
End: London

3
nights
Adelaide

Adelaide ©
Adelaide exists contentedly as a cultured, diverse, and attractive city with a laid-back center, leafy residential districts, and an underlying cosmopolitan atmosphere.
Step out of the city life by going to Gorge Wildlife Park and Aldinga Beach. Get a sense of the local culture at Martindale Hall Heritage Museum and Chateau Tanunda. Venture out of the city with trips to Wirra Wirra Vineyards (in McLaren Vale), Rockford Winery (in Tanunda) and Sevenhill Cellars (in Clare). There's much more to do: shop like a local with North Terrace, enjoy the sand and surf at Glenelg Beach, steep yourself in history at Carrick Hill, and stop by Unique Opal Mine Pty Ltd.

To see ratings, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Adelaide trip planner.

London, UK to Adelaide is an approximately 25-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 9 hours traveling from London to Adelaide. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from London in July; daily highs in Adelaide reach 17°C and lows reach 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Adelaide

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Tanunda, Martindale Hall Heritage Museum, Gorge Wildlife Park, Glenelg Beach, Aldinga Beach
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Gorge Wildlife Park ©
Gorge Wildlife Park
Aldinga Beach ©
Aldinga Beach
Henley Beach ©
Henley Beach

4
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Art Gallery of Ballarat and Shrine of Remembrance. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Spas & Wellness and Lake Wendouree. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Melbourne: Ballarat Wildlife Park (in Ballarat) and Eastern Beach Reserve (in Geelong). Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum, take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck 88, meet the residents at Melbourne Zoo, and explore the galleries of Old Treasury Building.

For more things to do, maps, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Melbourne planning app .

You can fly from Adelaide to Melbourne in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In August, daytime highs in Melbourne are 16°C, while nighttime lows are 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Ballarat, Eastern Beach Reserve
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Eastern Beach Reserve ©
Eastern Beach Reserve
Ballarat Wildlife Park ©
Ballarat Wildlife Park
Lake Wendouree ©
Lake Wendouree

5
nights
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 Dolphin & Whale Watching. Explore hidden gems such as Wentworth Falls and The Rocks Markets. Get out of town with these interesting Sydney side-trips: Dirty Janes Bowral (in Bowral), The Bay Tree Gallery (in Berrima) and Canyoning & Rappelling Tours (in Katoomba). There's lots more to do: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, take a stroll through The Rocks, enjoy the sand and surf at Manly Beach, and don't miss a visit to Mrs Macquarie's Chair.

For traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Sydney day trip site .

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Sydney takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Melbourne in August; daily highs in Sydney reach 22°C and lows reach 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Katoomba, Dirty Janes Bowral, The Bay Tree Gallery
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
The Rocks ©
The Rocks

5
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Queen Street Mall and Catholic Old St. Stephen's Church (chapel). Your inner history buff will appreciate Caloundra Lighthouses and Newstead House. Venture out of the city with trips to Kirra Beach (in Coolangatta), Zipline (in Gold Coast) and Slideways - Go Karting Gold Coast (in Nerang). Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve, pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral Square, sample the tasty concoctions at Sunshine Coast Brewery, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Burleigh Head National Park.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Brisbane trip itinerary maker tool .

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Brisbane takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in August, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Brisbane

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast Brewery, Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve, Caloundra Lighthouses
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Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park
Kirra Beach ©
Kirra Beach
Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve ©
Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve

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