21 days in Australia Itinerary

21 days in Australia Itinerary

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21 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Karachi
Fly:  25​h
1
Cairns
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
2
Port Douglas
— 3 nights
shuttle + Fly:  7​h 30​min
3
Lord Howe Island
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 30​min
4
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
5
Melbourne
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
6
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + foot + bus:  9​h 15​min
7
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)
— 3 nights
Fly:  27​h
End: Karachi

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 11th (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at Trinity Beach. On the next day, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For where to stay, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read our Cairns route planner.

Karachi, Pakistan to Cairns is an approximately 25-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 5 hours traveling from Karachi to Cairns. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Karachi in October: high temperatures in Cairns hover around 34°C and lows are around 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to catcht the bus to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Trinity Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Safaris and Scuba & Snorkeling. And it doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Sunday Market Port Douglas.

To see ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read Port Douglas day trip tool .

Take a bus from Cairns to Port Douglas in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In October, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can travel to Lord Howe Island.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

1
night
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 17th (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Lord Howe Island Walking Trails and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt Gower. On the 18th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: learn more about the world around you at Lord Howe Island Museum, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Ned's Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Lagoon Beach.

For traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Lord Howe Island online day trip planner .

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Port Douglas to Lord Howe Island in 7.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Lord Howe Island

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

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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Queen Victoria Building and Volle Jewellery. Get in touch with nature at Bondi Beach and Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk. Take a break from Sydney with a short trip to Wentworth Falls in Katoomba, about 1h 30 min away. There's lots more to do: wander the streets of The Rocks, make a trip to Sydney Harbour Bridge, admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, and see a show at Sydney Opera House.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Sydney trip maker site .

Getting from Lord Howe Island to Sydney by flight takes about 3.5 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Sydney can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) to allow time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Neighborhoods Outdoors

Side Trip

Wentworth Falls
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
The Rocks ©
The Rocks

2
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): admire the striking features of Shrine of Remembrance, take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, and then wander the streets of Melbourne Central. On your second day here, admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Victoria, then make a trip to Block Arcade, then take a stroll through Degraves Street, and finally don't miss a visit to Melbourne Star Observation Wheel.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read Melbourne trip site .

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Melbourne takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Sydney in October: high temperatures in Melbourne hover around 24°C and lows are around 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Melbourne

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

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Thu): trek along Kuniya Walk, take in the dramatic natural features at Uluru, and then get outside with Walpa Gorge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Fri): take an in-depth tour of Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, then take in the dramatic natural features at Kata Tjuta, and then appreciate the views at Valley of the Winds.

To find photos, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip itinerary planner .

You can fly from Melbourne to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 5 hours. Another option is to drive. Traveling from Melbourne in October, you will find days in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park are much hotter (38°C), and nights are somewhat warmer (18°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to travel to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park).

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta ©
Kata Tjuta
Valley of the Winds ©
Valley of the Winds

3
nights
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) ©
Jabiru is a town in the Northern Territory of Australia. Your inner history buff will appreciate Ubirr and Nourlangie Rock. Get a sense of the local culture at Maguk Gorge and Anbangbang Billabong. There's much more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Yellow Water, take in the dramatic scenery at Gunlom Waterfall Creek, and see the interesting displays at Warradjan Cultural Centre.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) trip planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) takes 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and car. On the 29th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trip

Kakadu National Park
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Maguk Gorge ©
Maguk Gorge
Ubirr ©
Ubirr
Yellow Water ©
Yellow Water

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