21 days in Australia Itinerary

21 days in Australia Itinerary

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21 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Copenhagen
Fly:  24​h
1
Cairns
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
2
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
shuttle + Fly:  4​h 15​min
3
Townsville
— 2 nights
ferry:  30​min
4
Magnetic Island
— 1 night
ferry + Drive:  4​h 30​min
5
Airlie Beach
— 2 nights
ferry:  1​h
6
Hamilton Island
— 2 nights
+3
Fly + foot + train + bus:  6​h
7
Byron Bay
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  4​h 30​min
8
Sydney
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
9
Melbourne
— 2 nights
Fly:  23​h 30​min
End: Copenhagen

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 2nd (Sun), view the masterpieces at Bones and Jones. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read our Cairns tour itinerary builder app .

Copenhagen, Denmark to Cairns is an approximately 24-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train, bus, and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time (CET) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) (AEST) is 9 hours. Traveling from Copenhagen in June, expect Cairns to be a bit warmer, temps between 30°C and 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to drive to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Palm Cove Beach
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach
River Rafting & Tubing

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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Wed): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Thu): explore the gorgeous colors at Agincourt Reef, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, and then view the masterpieces at Des Spencer Galleries.

For reviews, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Port Douglas travel route planning app .

Drive from Cairns to Port Douglas in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. In June, daytime highs in Port Douglas are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to travel to Townsville.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Agincourt Reef ©
Agincourt Reef
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas ©
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas

2
nights
Townsville

Townsville
Tucked snugly beneath a steep, craggy mount--known as Castle Hill--the vibrant city of Townsville is as picturesque as its backdrop.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Fri): take in the pleasant sights at Castle Hill, kick back and relax at The Strand, and then identify plant and animal life at Billabong Sanctuary. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Sat): browse the exhibits of Museum of Tropical Queensland, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then take an in-depth tour of Townsville Museum and Historical Society.

To find ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Townsville trip planner .

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Port Douglas to Townsville takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Port Douglas in June since evenings lows in Townsville dip to 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can catch the ferry to Magnetic Island.

Things to do in Townsville

Parks Wildlife Outdoors
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Castle Hill
Castle Hill
Billabong Sanctuary ©
Billabong Sanctuary
Scuba & Snorkeling

1
night
Magnetic Island

Magnetic Island ©
On the 9th (Sun), head off the coast to Magnetic Island Forts Walk, then choose your vessel at Pilgrim Sailing, and then choose your vessel at Big Mama Sailing.

To see reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read our Magnetic Island itinerary planner.

Magnetic Island is very close to Townsville. In June, daily temperatures in Magnetic Island can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can travel to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Magnetic Island

Outdoors Tours Transportation
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Pilgrim Sailing ©
Pilgrim Sailing

2
nights
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.
On the 10th (Mon), view the masterpieces at Art Whitsunday Gallery & Shop, then get interesting insight from Tours, then view the masterpieces at Above & Below Photography, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Airlie Beach Lagoon. Here are some ideas for day two: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Airlie Beach day trip planner .

You can do a combination of ferry and car from Magnetic Island to Airlie Beach in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of ferry, train, and bus. When traveling from Magnetic Island in June, plan for little chillier days in Airlie Beach, with highs around 26°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) to allow time to ride a ferry to Hamilton Island.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Kayaking & Canoeing
Airlie Beach Lagoon ©
Airlie Beach Lagoon
Scuba & Snorkeling

2
nights
Hamilton Island

Hamilton Island ©
A trip to Hamilton Island takes you to a car-free destination mostly covered in bushland.
On the 12th (Wed), look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas. On your second day here, take in the exciting artwork at Hamilton Island Art Gallery, then head off the coast to Whitsunday Islands National Park, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Catseye Beach.

To see maps, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read our Hamilton Island travel planner.

Traveling by ferry from Airlie Beach to Hamilton Island takes an hour. In June, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can travel to Byron Bay.

Things to do in Hamilton Island

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Whitsunday Islands National Park
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Catseye Beach ©
Catseye Beach
Whitsunday Islands National Park ©
Whitsunday Islands National Park
Hamilton Island Art Gallery ©
Hamilton Island Art Gallery

2
nights
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.
Appreciate the collections at Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre and Jules Hunt Studio Gallery. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Thomgallery and Hammer and Hand Byron Bay Jewellery and Metal Collective. Change things up with a short trip to Whian Whian State Conservation Area in Whian Whian (about 40 minutes away). Spend the 15th (Sat) exploring nature at Arakwal National Park. There's still lots to do: stroll through Cape Byron Walking Track, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and get great views at Broken Head Nature Reserve.

For traveler tips, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read Byron Bay day trip planning site .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Hamilton Island to Byron Bay in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry, bus, and train; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Traveling from Hamilton Island in June, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Byron Bay, with lows of 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Byron Bay

Parks Nature Shopping

Side Trips

Broken Head Nature Reserve, Whian Whian State Conservation Area, Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre
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Cape Byron Walking Track
Cape Byron Walking Track
Stand-Up Paddleboarding

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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Mon): see the interesting displays at Australian National Maritime Museum, then kick back and relax at Bondi Beach, then snap pictures at Sydney Harbour Bridge, and finally wander the streets of The Rocks. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Tue): admire the masterpieces at Art Gallery of New South Wales, examine the collection at Hyde Park Barracks Museum, then trek along The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk, then catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, and finally wander the streets of Darling Harbour.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Sydney trip itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Byron Bay to Sydney in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In June, plan for daily highs up to 21°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Neighborhoods Museums Parks
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach

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nights
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 19th (Wed), learn about all things military at Shrine of Remembrance, explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Victoria, then examine the collection at Melbourne Museum, and finally get engrossed in the history at Italian Museum and Historical Society. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take an in-depth tour of Immigration Museum, examine the collection at Federation Square, then examine the collection at The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia, and finally see the interesting displays at National Sports Museum.

For other places to visit, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read Melbourne tour itinerary builder app .

Fly from Sydney to Melbourne in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Sydney in June, expect Melbourne to be slightly colder, temps between 16°C and 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums Shopping Historic Sites
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Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum
Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance
National Gallery of Victoria ©
National Gallery of Victoria

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