21 days in Australia Itinerary

21 days in Australia Itinerary

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21 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  23​h 15​min
1
Cairns
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
2
Port Douglas
— 3 nights
shuttle + Fly:  4​h
3
Whitsunday Island
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 15​min
4
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
5
Gold Coast
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h
6
Melbourne
— 5 nights
Fly:  24​h
End: London

3
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.
Visiting Scuba & Snorkeling and Esplanade Boardwalk will get you outdoors. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cairns: Palm Cove (Palm Cove Beach & Spas & Wellness). Spend the 14th (Thu) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To find photos, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Cairns day trip website .

London, UK to Cairns is an approximately 23.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) (AEST) is 10 hours. Plan for much hotter temperatures traveling from London in March, with highs in Cairns at 36°C and lows at 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Palm Cove Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach

3
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.
Visiting Scuba & Snorkeling and Safaris will get you outdoors. There's much more to do: experience rural life at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, meet the residents at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, and soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

For where to stay, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Port Douglas day trip planning app .

Traveling by car from Cairns to Port Douglas takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. March in Port Douglas sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 27°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can travel to Whitsunday Island.

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

1
night
Whitsunday Island

Whitsunday Island ©
Start off your visit on the 18th (Mon): explore the activities along Hill Inlet and then kick back and relax at Whitehaven Beach.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Whitsunday Island road trip planner .

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Port Douglas to Whitsunday Island takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. In March in Whitsunday Island, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 25°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Whitsunday Island

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Hill Inlet ©
Hill Inlet
Whitehaven Beach ©
Whitehaven Beach

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.
The Rocks and Elizabeth Bay House will appeal to history buffs. Get some cultural insight at Sydney Opera House and Customs House. The adventure continues: stroll through Bondi Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Maroubra Beach Rocky Climb, don't miss a visit to Sydney Harbour Bridge, and see the interesting displays at Australian National Maritime Museum.

To see reviews, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Sydney online tour itinerary planner .

Fly from Whitsunday Island to Sydney in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a train. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Whitsunday Island in March, with highs in Sydney at 30°C and lows at 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) so you can travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Darling Harbour ©
Darling Harbour

3
nights
Gold Coast

Gold Coast ©
A city of towering skyscrapers, sandy beaches, and tree-lined streets, Gold Coast has an unpretentious air complemented by a citywide focus on sports and the arts.
Visiting Burleigh Heads Beach and Watersports Guru will get you outdoors. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Surfer's Paradise Beach and Tugun Beach. The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Coolangatta Beach, visit a coastal fixture at Captain Cook Memorial and Lighthouse, look for all kinds of wild species at David Fleay Wildlife Park, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Burleigh Head National Park.

For photos, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Gold Coast trip itinerary app .

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Gold Coast takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In March in Gold Coast, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 23°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Watersports Guru
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Watersports Guru ©
Watersports Guru
Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Surfers Paradise Beach ©
Surfers Paradise Beach

5
nights
Melbourne

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Get outdoors at Melbourne Zoo and Half Moon Bay. Visit Shrine of Remembrance and Old Melbourne Gaol for their historical value. There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Melbourne Museum, enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, admire the landmark architecture of Royal Exhibition Building, and get interesting insight from Melbourne Boat Hire.

To see more things to do and tourist information, you can read our Melbourne trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Gold Coast to Melbourne takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Gold Coast in March, expect a bit cooler with lows of 15°C in Melbourne. You will leave for home on the 30th (Sat).

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Outdoors Museums
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Balloon Rides
Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance
Old Melbourne Gaol ©
Old Melbourne Gaol

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