21 days in Australia Itinerary

21 days in Australia Itinerary

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21 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Auckland
Fly:  6​h
1
Cairns
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
2
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
shuttle + Fly:  5​h 45​min
3
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
4
Melbourne
— 4 nights
Fly + Drive:  5​h 45​min
5
Wentworth Falls
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
6
Sydney
— 6 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
End: Auckland

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.
Head to Tanks Arts Centre and Australian Leather Companyfor plenty of shopping. Spend the 6th (Sun) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's still lots to do: revel in the low prices at DFO Cairns, Direct Factory Outlets, stroll through Trinity Beach, pause for some serene contemplation at St Monica's Cathedral, and hunt for treasures at Rusty's Market.

To see photos, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Cairns itinerary planner .

Auckland Central, New Zealand to Cairns is an approximately 6-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from New Zealand Standard Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Auckland Central in January, expect nights in Cairns to be somewhat warmer, around 28°C, while days are much warmer, around 37°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can go by car to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Shopping Wildlife

Side Trips

Trinity Beach, Tanks Arts Centre
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
St Monica's Cathedral ©
St Monica's Cathedral

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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Tue): get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports. Keep things going the next day: do a tasting at Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery, meet the residents at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, stop by With Sugar, then hunt for treasures at Sunday Market Port Douglas, then stop by Funstuff by Lynda, and finally stop by Coffee Works.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Port Douglas journey planning website .

You can drive from Cairns to Port Douglas in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a shuttle. In January, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery ©
Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery
With Sugar ©
With Sugar

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Uluru and Walkatjara Art. The adventure continues: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Kata Tjuta, go for a walk through Lungkata Walk, stroll through Kuniya Walk, and contemplate the waterfront views at Mutitjulu Waterhole.

For more things to do and other tourist information, you can read our Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip planner.

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Port Douglas to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. When traveling from Port Douglas in January, plan for a bit warmer days in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, with highs around 43°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can travel to Melbourne.

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
Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre ©
Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre

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.
Get some cultural insight at Melbourne Central and Degraves Street. Shop till you drop at Lightning Ridge Opal Mines and Collins St/Swanston St. There's lots more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, contemplate the long history of Old Melbourne Gaol, explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Victoria, and brush up on your military savvy at Shrine of Remembrance.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Melbourne trip itinerary planner .

You can fly from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Melbourne in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in January, expect Melbourne to be little chillier, temps between 32°C and 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can travel to Wentworth Falls.

Things to do in Melbourne

Shopping Museums Neighborhoods
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Melbourne Central ©
Melbourne Central
Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance
Old Melbourne Gaol ©
Old Melbourne Gaol

1
night
Wentworth Falls

Wentworth Falls ©
Wentworth Falls is a town in the Blue Mountains region of New South Wales, situated approximately west of the Sydney central business district, and about east of Katoomba, Australia on the Great Western Highway, with a Wentworth Falls railway station on the Main Western line. On the 18th (Fri), browse the exhibits of Falls Gallery, look for gifts at Rick Rutherford's Country, stop by Teddy Sinclair, then stop by The Candy Store Leura, then stop by The Nook, and finally stop by OMNIA a little bit of everywhere. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Sat): hike along The National Pass, view the masterpieces at Blue Mountains Cultural Centre, then browse for treasures at Victory Theatre Antique Centre, and finally look for gifts at Blue Mountains Chocolate Company.

For reviews, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Wentworth Falls road trip app .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Melbourne to Wentworth Falls. Traveling from Melbourne in January, Wentworth Falls is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Wentworth Falls

Shopping Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Katoomba, Leura, Rick Rutherford's Country, The National Pass, Victory Theatre Antique Centre
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The Nook ©
The Nook
The National Pass ©
The National Pass
Teddy Sinclair ©
Teddy Sinclair

6
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.
Head to Sydney Fish Market and Belle Fleur Fine Chocolatesfor plenty of shopping. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at The Rocks and Darling Harbour. There's still lots to do: listen to music at Sydney Opera House, look for gifts at The Strand Arcade, see the interesting displays at Australian National Maritime Museum, and get a taste of the local shopping with Queen Victoria Building (QVB).

To see photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Sydney travel itinerary planner .

You can drive from Wentworth Falls to Sydney in 1.5 hours. January in Sydney sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 23°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Shopping Parks Outdoors
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The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Darling Harbour ©
Darling Harbour

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