21 days in Australia Itinerary

21 days in Australia Itinerary

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21 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
1
Melbourne
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Adelaide
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
3
Alice Springs
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  2​h
4
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 1 day
Fly:  5​h 30​min
5
Brisbane
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
6
Cairns
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h
7
Sydney
— 5 nights
End: Sydney

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.
Visit Shrine of Remembrance and St. Patrick's Cathedral for their historical value. Let the collections at Melbourne Museum and Art Gallery of Ballarat capture your imagination. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Melbourne: Ballarat (Lake Wendouree & Ballarat Wildlife Park) and Eastern Beach Reserve (in Geelong). And it doesn't end there: explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Victoria, take in the spiritual surroundings of St Paul's Cathedral, and wander the streets of Degraves Street.

To find out how to plan a trip to Melbourne, use our trip itinerary maker.

If you are flying in from Norway, the closest major airport is Melbourne International Airport. In December in Melbourne, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 14°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can travel to Adelaide.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Ballarat, Eastern Beach Reserve
Find places to stay Dec 13 — 17:
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Art Gallery of Ballarat ©
Art Gallery of Ballarat
St. Patrick's Cathedral ©
St. Patrick's Cathedral
St Paul's Cathedral ©
St Paul's Cathedral

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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate National Motor Museum and National Railway Museum Port Adelaide. Get some historical perspective at Adelaide Oval and Carrick Hill. Change things up with these side-trips from Adelaide: Murray Street Vineyards (in Greenock) and Tanunda (Chateau Tanunda, Rockford Winery, & more). There's still lots to do: shop like a local with North Terrace, take an in-depth tour of Migration Museum, and take in the spiritual surroundings of ISKCON Adelaide.

For more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, go to the Adelaide trip planner .

You can fly from Melbourne to Adelaide in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In December in Adelaide, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Alice Springs.

Things to do in Adelaide

Historic Sites Wineries Museums

Side Trips

Tanunda, National Motor Museum, Murray Street Vineyards, ISKCON Adelaide, National Railway Museum Port Adelaide
Find places to stay Dec 17 — 20:
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National Motor Museum ©
National Motor Museum
Langmeil Winery ©
Langmeil Winery
Carrick Hill ©
Carrick Hill

2
nights
Alice Springs

Alice Springs ©
Situated right in the heart of Australia, Alice Springs serves as an urban oasis deep within the country’s parched, desert-like Red Center.
On the 20th (Fri), explore the world behind art at Araluen Cultural Precinct, admire the masterpieces at Mbantua Fine Art Gallery, then see the interesting displays at Hartley Street School Museum, then get engrossed in the history at National Pioneer Women's Hall of Fame & Old Alice Springs Gaol, and finally browse the exhibits of Yubu Napa Art Gallery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Sat): browse the exhibits of Jila Arts, then contemplate the long history of Alice Springs Telegraph Station Historical Reserve, then get engrossed in the history at Alice Springs School of the Air Visitor Centre, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Alice Springs Desert Park.

Plan my day in Alice Springs using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Fly from Adelaide to Alice Springs in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, Alice Springs is somewhat warmer than Adelaide - with highs of 41°C and lows of 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Alice Springs

Museums Shopping Parks
Find places to stay Dec 20 — 22:
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1
day
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 22nd (Sun): get engrossed in the history at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, take in the exciting artwork at Walkatjara Art, take in the dramatic natural features at Uluru, then contemplate the waterfront views at Mutitjulu Waterhole, and finally hike along Kuniya Walk.

For ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip itinerary builder site .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Alice Springs to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. December in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park sees daily highs of 42°C and lows of 24°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Museums
Find places to stay Dec 22 — 23:
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Kuniya Walk ©
Kuniya Walk
Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre ©
Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre
Uluru ©
Uluru

3
nights
Brisbane

Brisbane ©
Queensland’s biggest town and state capital, Brisbane has an attractive, manicured image based around its riverside aesthetic as well as the contrast between its high-rise center and extensive urban greenery.
Let the collections at Queensland Museum & Sciencentre and Queensland Art Gallery capture your imagination. Your inner history buff will appreciate Miegunyah House Museum and Cathedral Square. And it doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, contemplate the long history of Boggo Road Gaol, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Catholic Old St. Stephen's Church (chapel), and let the kids burn off some steam at South Bank Parklands.

To see maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Brisbane trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Brisbane takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. When traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in December, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Brisbane: temperatures range from 32°C by day to 23°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Museums Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 22 — 26:
Highlights from your plan
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Boggo Road Gaol (Jail) ©
Boggo Road Gaol (Jail)

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.
On the 26th (Thu), kick back and relax at Four Mile Beach and then hunt for treasures at Sunday Market Port Douglas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Fri): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see maps, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Cairns trip itinerary planner .

You can fly from Brisbane to Cairns in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Brisbane in December: highs in Cairns hover around 36°C, while lows dip to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Port Douglas, Rainforest Gems Gallery & Studio
Find places to stay Dec 26 — 28:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Sunday Market Port Douglas ©
Sunday Market Port Douglas
Rainforest Gems Gallery & Studio ©
Rainforest Gems Gallery & Studio

5
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.
Get some historical perspective at The Rocks and Nan Tien Temple. Shop till you drop at Sydney Fish Market and Queen Victoria Building (QVB). Venture out of the city with trips to Wollongong Art Gallery (in Wollongong) and Katoomba (Wentworth Falls & Canyoning & Rappelling Tours). And it doesn't end there: see a show at Sydney Opera House, take in the views from Sydney Harbour Bridge, tour the pleasant surroundings at Manly Beach, and kick back and relax at Bondi Beach.

To find ratings, photos, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Sydney trip site .

Getting from Cairns to Sydney by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Cairns in December; daily highs in Sydney reach 32°C and lows reach 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Wollongong, Katoomba
Find places to stay Dec 28 — Jan 2:
Highlights from your plan
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Nan Tien Temple ©
Nan Tien Temple

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