21 days in Australia Itinerary

21 days in Australia Itinerary

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21 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Dublin
Fly:  25​h
1
Melbourne
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Cowes
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
3
Port Campbell
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Lorne
— 2 nights
+3
bus + shuttle + Fly + train:  9​h 15​min
5
Katoomba
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Sydney
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
7
Whitsunday Island
— 1 night
bus:  45​min
8
Airlie Beach
— 2 nights
ferry:  1​h
9
Hamilton Island
— 2 nights
+3
Fly + foot + bus + ferry:  5​h 15​min
10
Magnetic Island
— 1 night
Fly:  32​h
End: Dublin

1
night
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 10th (Tue), see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum, then take a stroll through Degraves Street, and then wander the streets of Melbourne Central. Keep things going the next day: admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Victoria, then learn about all things military at Shrine of Remembrance, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens.

For ratings, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Melbourne route planner .

Dublin, Ireland to Melbourne is an approximately 25-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Victoria), which is usually a 10 hour difference. In September, daytime highs in Melbourne are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to drive to Cowes.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums Shopping Neighborhoods
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Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance

1
night
Cowes

Cowes ©
Resting on the northern coast of Philip Island, Cowes is sandwiched between a coast and a forest.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Thu): identify plant and animal life at Phillip Island Wildlife Park, then step off the mainland to explore Koala Conservation Centre, then step off the mainland to explore Churchill Island, and finally take an in-depth tour of Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit.

To see photos, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Cowes tour planner .

You can drive from Melbourne to Cowes in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and taxi. In September, daily temperatures in Cowes can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Port Campbell.

Things to do in Cowes

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit, Churchill Island
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Phillip Island Wildlife Park ©
Phillip Island Wildlife Park
Koala Conservation Centre ©
Koala Conservation Centre
Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit ©
Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit

2
nights
Port Campbell

Port Campbell ©
Port Campbell is a coastal town in Victoria, Australia. Start off your visit on the 13th (Fri): explore the striking landscape of Port Campbell National Park. On the 14th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the striking landscape at London Bridge, take some stellar pictures from Loch Ard Gorge, admire all the interesting features of Gibsons Steps, then experience rural life at Apostle Whey Cheese, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at The Razorback.

To see maps, photos, and tourist information, read our Port Campbell travel route builder tool .

Getting from Cowes to Port Campbell by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi, train, and bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Lorne.

Things to do in Port Campbell

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Port Campbell National Park ©
Port Campbell National Park
Loch Ard Gorge ©
Loch Ard Gorge
London Bridge ©
London Bridge

2
nights
Lorne

Lorne ©
Lorne is a seaside town on Louttit Bay in Victoria, Australia. Start off your visit on the 15th (Sun): take in the dramatic scenery at Erskine Falls, make a trip to Teddy's Lookout, and then take a peaceful walk through Mait's Rest. Keep things going the next day: take a peaceful walk through Lorne Beach.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Lorne holiday planner.

Drive from Port Campbell to Lorne in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. September in Lorne sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 7°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to travel to Katoomba.

Things to do in Lorne

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Mait's Rest
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Mait's Rest ©
Mait's Rest
Lorne Beach ©
Lorne Beach
Erskine Falls ©
Erskine Falls

1
night
Katoomba

Located off of the Great Western Highway, Katoomba is the main hub of the City of Blue Mountains.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Tue): take a peaceful walk through Coachwood Glen Nature Trail, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Blue Mountains, then hike along Cathedral of Ferns Walk, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Wentworth Falls. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Wed): hike along The Giant Stairway, then skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, and then take in breathtaking views at Lincoln's Rock.

For other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Katoomba online trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by combination of bus, flight, and train from Lorne to Katoomba takes 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, shuttle, flight, and train; or drive. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Lorne in September: highs in Katoomba hover around 26°C, while lows dip to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Sydney.

Things to do in Katoomba

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Lincoln's Rock, Cathedral of Ferns Walk, Coachwood Glen Nature Trail
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Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
Blue Mountains ©
Blue Mountains
Wentworth Falls ©
Wentworth Falls

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.
On the 19th (Thu), wander the streets of Darling Harbour, see a show at Sydney Opera House, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Bondi Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Elizabeth Bay House, then kick back and relax at Manly Beach, and then take a stroll through The Rocks.

To find where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Sydney road trip planning website .

Getting from Katoomba to Sydney by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train. Traveling from Katoomba in September, plan for a bit warmer nights in Sydney, with lows around 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Whitsunday Island.

Things to do in Sydney

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

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night
Whitsunday Island

Whitsunday Island ©
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sat): contemplate the waterfront views at Hill Inlet and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Whitehaven Beach.

For photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Whitsunday Island trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Whitsunday Island takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a train. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Sydney in September: highs in Whitsunday Island hover around 32°C, while lows dip to 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can catcht the bus to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Whitsunday Island

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

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 22nd (Sun), identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon): kick back and relax at Whitehaven Beach, then take a memorable tour with Tours, and then explore the galleries of Above & Below Photography.

To see reviews, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Airlie Beach vacation planner.

Getting from Whitsunday Island to Airlie Beach by bus takes about an hour. Other options: ride a ferry. Traveling from Whitsunday Island in September, you will find days in Airlie Beach are slightly colder (29°C), and nights are a bit warmer (23°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to ride a ferry to Hamilton Island.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Kayaking & Canoeing
Above & Below Photography Gallery ©
Above & Below Photography Gallery

2
nights
Hamilton Island

A trip to Hamilton Island takes you to a car-free destination mostly covered in bushland.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Tue): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Keep things going the next day: go for a stroll along the water at Hamilton Island Marina and then enjoy the sand and surf at Catseye Beach.

To see traveler tips, maps, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Hamilton Island trip itinerary maker site .

You can ride a ferry from Airlie Beach to Hamilton Island in an hour. September in Hamilton Island sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 23°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can travel to Magnetic Island.

Things to do in Hamilton Island

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hamilton Island Marina ©
Hamilton Island Marina

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night
Magnetic Island

Kick off your visit on the 26th (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Geoffrey Bay, look for all kinds of wild species at Nelly Bay to Arcadia Trail, and then step off the mainland to explore Magnetic Island Forts Walk. On the 27th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the striking landscape of Magnetic Island National Park and then see what you can catch with a fishing tour.

For more things to do, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read Magnetic Island trip itinerary tool .

Do a combination of flight and ferry from Hamilton Island to Magnetic Island in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. In September in Magnetic Island, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 21°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Magnetic Island

Wildlife Parks Nature
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Fishing Charters & Tours
Geoffrey Bay ©
Geoffrey Bay
Magnetic Island National Park ©
Magnetic Island National Park

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