21 days in Australia Itinerary

21 days in Australia Itinerary

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21 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Bristol
Fly:  25​h
1
Cairns
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
2
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
+4
shuttle + Fly + Drive + ferry + Drive:  11​h 15​min
3
Fraser Island
— 1 night
+4
Drive + ferry + Drive + Fly + train:  10​h 30​min
4
Katoomba
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Sydney
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
6
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 4 nights
Fly + train:  31​h
End: Bristol

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Nature & Wildlife Tours and Skydiving. Take a break from the city and head to Curtain Fig National Park and Josephine Falls. Take a break from Cairns with a short trip to The Crystal Caves in Atherton, about 1h 10 min away.

For traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Cairns online driving holiday planner .

Bristol, UK to Cairns is an approximately 25-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. In May, daily temperatures in Cairns can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to drive to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Curtain Fig National Park, The Crystal Caves
Find places to stay May 22 — 24:
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Curtain Fig National Park ©
Curtain Fig National Park
Josephine Falls ©
Josephine Falls

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 25th (Sat): make a trip to St Mary’s by The Sea chapel, hunt for treasures at Sunday Market Port Douglas, tour the pleasant surroundings at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, then do a tasting at Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery, and finally get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Keep things going the next day: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For more things to do, photos, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Port Douglas travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Cairns to Port Douglas takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. In May, daily temperatures in Port Douglas can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery, Photography Tours
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Photography Tours
Scuba & Snorkeling
St Mary’s by The Sea chapel ©
St Mary’s by The Sea chapel

1
night
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
On the 27th (Mon), explore the activities along Lake McKenzie, then explore the activities along Wanggoolba Creek, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Seventy-Five Mile Beach. On the next day, head outdoors with The Pinnacles and then kick back and relax at Eli Creek.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read our Fraser Island trip itinerary planning website .

Traveling by combination of shuttle, flight, car, and ferry from Port Douglas to Fraser Island takes 11.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, car, and ferry; or do a combination of bus, car, and ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to travel to Katoomba.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks Outdoors Nature
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Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie
Seventy-Five Mile Beach ©
Seventy-Five Mile Beach
Eli Creek ©
Eli Creek

2
nights
Katoomba

Katoomba ©
Located off of the Great Western Highway, Katoomba is the main hub of the City of Blue Mountains.
Explore hidden gems such as Wentworth Falls and Eagle Rock Adventures Pty Ltd. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Street Art Walk - by Street Art Murals Australia and Gallery One88. Step out of Katoomba to go to Bathurst and see Abercrombie Caves, which is approximately 1h 30 min away. There's still lots to do: explore the stunning scenery at Pulpit Rock Lookout, contemplate the waterfront views at Wentworth Falls Lake, hike along The Giant Stairway, and admire the natural beauty at Everglades Historic House and Gardens.

To see other places to visit, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Katoomba travel itinerary planner .

Traveling by combination of car, ferry, flight, and train from Fraser Island to Katoomba takes 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of car, ferry, and train. In May, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) early enough to go by car to Sydney.

Things to do in Katoomba

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Blue Mountains National Park, Abercrombie Caves, Wentworth Falls Lake, Evans Lookout, Everglades Historic House and Gardens
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The Giant Stairway ©
The Giant Stairway
Wentworth Falls ©
Wentworth Falls
Pulpit Rock Lookout ©
Pulpit Rock Lookout

4
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 The Rocks and Sydney Opera House. Get outdoors at Bondi Beach and Bouddi National Park. When in Sydney, make a side trip to see Shelly Beach in Manly, approximately 36 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: wander the streets of Darling Harbour, enjoy the sand and surf at Manly Beach, capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour, and get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Sydney tour builder .

You can drive from Katoomba to Sydney in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. Traveling from Katoomba in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Sydney, with lows of 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Shelly Beach, Bouddi National Park
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Darling Harbour ©
Darling Harbour
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
The Rocks ©
The Rocks

4
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.
Get some cultural insight at Valley of the Winds and Kuniya Walk. Get in touch with nature at Kata Tjuta and Uluru. There's still lots to do: get outside with Walpa Gorge, view the masterpieces at Walkatjara Art, take in the pleasant sights at Field of Light, and take an in-depth tour of Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre.

To find traveler tips and other tourist information, read our Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park tour itinerary planning website .

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Sydney in June, plan for slightly colder nights in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, with lows around 7°C. You will leave for home on the 8th (Sat).

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga ©
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga
Valley of the Winds ©
Valley of the Winds

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