21 days in Australia Itinerary

21 days in Australia Itinerary

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21 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Lagos
Fly:  38​h
1
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 1 night
Fly + shuttle:  5​h 45​min
2
Port Douglas
— 1 night
bus:  1​h 15​min
3
Cairns
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
4
Lord Howe Island
— 1 day
Fly:  3​h 30​min
5
Sydney
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
6
Melbourne
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
7
Adelaide
— 3 nights
Fly:  30​h
End: Lagos

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Sat): hike along Uluru Hiking Path, then get answers to all your questions at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, then view the masterpieces at Walkatjara Art, and finally take in the awesome beauty at Kata Tjuta. On the next day, trek along Kuniya Walk, then contemplate the waterfront views at Mutitjulu Waterhole, and then explore and take pictures at Uluru.

To see where to stay, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park sightseeing planning tool .

Lagos, Nigeria to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is an approximately 38-hour flight. Traveling from Lagos to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, you'll lose 8 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Lagos in November, plan for somewhat warmer days in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, with highs around 41°C, while nights are a bit cooler with lows around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Trails
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Walkatjara Art ©
Walkatjara Art
Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga ©
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga

1
night
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 (Mon): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On the next day, experience rural life at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, stop by Funstuff by Lynda, then stop by Coffee Works, and finally look for gifts at With Sugar.

For ratings, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Port Douglas online journey planner .

Do a combination of flight and shuttle from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Port Douglas in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. When traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in November, plan for little chillier days in Port Douglas, with highs around 36°C, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Find places to stay Nov 4 — 6:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Funstuff by Lynda ©
Funstuff by Lynda

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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Wed): enjoy the sand and surf at Trinity Beach, then stroll through Esplanade Boardwalk, then stop by WetRez, and finally stop by Australian Leather Company. On the 8th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For photos, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Cairns trip itinerary planning tool .

You can drive from Port Douglas to Cairns in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a shuttle. November in Cairns sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 26°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to travel to Lord Howe Island.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Trinity Beach
Find places to stay Nov 6 — 8:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk

1
day
Lord Howe Island

Lord Howe Island ©
Bursting out of the Tasman Sea, Lord Howe Island offers stunning scenery and many sandy beaches.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Fri): get a new perspective on nature at Lord Howe Island Museum, then enjoy the sand and surf at Lagoon Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Ned's Beach.

To find ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Lord Howe Island vacation maker app .

Getting from Cairns to Lord Howe Island by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Lord Howe Island

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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Ned's Beach ©
Ned's Beach
Lagoon Beach ©
Lagoon Beach
Lord Howe Island Museum ©
Lord Howe Island Museum

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Bondi Beach and Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk. Get a sense of the local culture at The Rocks and Australian National Maritime Museum. Next up on the itinerary: browse the eclectic array of goods at Sydney Fish Market, stop by Volle Jewellery, admire the masterpieces at Art Gallery of New South Wales, and see a show at Sydney Opera House.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read Sydney day trip planning tool .

You can fly from Lord Howe Island to Sydney in 3.5 hours. In November in Sydney, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
The Rocks ©
The Rocks

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.
Melbourne Museum and National Gallery of Victoria will appeal to museum buffs. Do your shopping at Melbourne Central and Readings Book Shop. There's lots more to do: browse the exhibits of Shrine of Remembrance, take a stroll through Degraves Street, stop by Minotaur Entertainment Melbourne, and examine the collection at National Sports Museum.

To find ratings, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, use the Melbourne trip itinerary maker app .

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Melbourne takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Sydney in November since evenings lows in Melbourne dip to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums Shopping Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Nov 13 — 17:
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Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum
Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance
National Gallery of Victoria ©
National Gallery of Victoria

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes National Wine Centre of Australia. On the 18th (Sun), do a tasting at National Wine Centre of Australia, admire the masterpieces at Art Gallery of South Australia, then get a new perspective on nature at South Australian Museum, then contemplate the long history of Adelaide Oval, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Semaphore Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Mon): take a stroll through Rundle Mall and then meet the residents at Adelaide Zoo.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Adelaide road trip tool .

Getting from Melbourne to Adelaide by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. In November, daytime highs in Adelaide are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Tue) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Adelaide

Parks Shopping Museums

Side Trip

Semaphore Beach
Find places to stay Nov 17 — 20:
Highlights from your plan
Adelaide Zoo ©
Adelaide Zoo
South Australian Museum ©
South Australian Museum
Art Gallery of South Australia ©
Art Gallery of South Australia

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