21 days in Australia Itinerary

21 days in Australia Itinerary

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21 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Cape Town
Fly:  20​h 15​min
1
Melbourne
— 5 nights
+2
Fly + taxi + bus:  6​h 15​min
2
Airlie Beach
— 2 nights
+3
ferry + foot + Fly + shuttle:  5​h 45​min
3
Port Douglas
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Cairns
— 4 nights
Fly + taxi:  5​h 15​min
5
Kangaroo Island
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
6
Seppeltsfield
— 2 nights
Fly:  26​h
End: Cape Town

5
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Shrine of Remembrance and Old Melbourne Gaol will appeal to history buffs. And it doesn't end there: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, make a trip to Trinity College Chapel, enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck 88, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Hillsong Church.

For traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Melbourne online journey planner .

Cape Town, South Africa to Melbourne is an approximately 20.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from South Africa Standard Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Victoria) is 8 hours. While traveling from Cape Town, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Melbourne, ranging from highs of 20°C to lows of 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Wed) to allow time for travel to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Melbourne

#Historic Sites, #Museums, #Tours
Find places to stay May 11 — 16:
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Old Melbourne Gaol ©
Old Melbourne Gaol
Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance
St. Patrick's Cathedral ©
St. Patrick's Cathedral

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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Thu): take a memorable tour with Tours and then race across the water with a speed boat tour.

To find more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Airlie Beach trip planner .

Getting from Melbourne to Airlie Beach by combination of flight and bus takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and ferry; or drive. While traveling from Melbourne, expect a bit warmer days and warmer nights in Airlie Beach, ranging from highs of 28°C to lows of 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Adventure
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Speed Boats Tours
Waterskiing & Jetskiing

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.
Spend the 19th (Sat) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 20th (Sun) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. There's much more to do: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, stop by Coffee Works, tee off at Port Douglas Golf Tours, and enjoy the sand and surf at Four Mile Beach.

To find traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Port Douglas journey planner .

Traveling by combination of ferry, flight, and shuttle from Airlie Beach to Port Douglas takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle; or drive. When traveling from Airlie Beach in May, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Port Douglas: temperatures range from 32°C by day to 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Wildlife
Find places to stay May 18 — 21:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas ©
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas

4
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cairns: Palm Cove (Hartley's Crocodile Adventures & Palm Cove Beach). Spend the 22nd (Tue) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Next up on the itinerary: hike along Esplanade Boardwalk, view the masterpieces at Michael Seebeck Gallery, choose your vessel at Shaolin Junk Cruises, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Monica's Cathedral.

To see ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Cairns trip planner .

You can drive from Port Douglas to Cairns in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in May, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Kangaroo Island.

Things to do in Cairns

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Wildlife

Side Trip

Palm Cove
Find places to stay May 21 — 25:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
St Monica's Cathedral ©
St Monica's Cathedral
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

2
nights
Kangaroo Island

Kangaroo Island ©
Abandoned by Aborigines a few thousand years ago, Kangaroo Island attracts over 140,000 visitors each year.
On the 26th (Sat), explore the striking landscape of Flinders Chase National Park. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sea views from Cape Willoughby Lighthouse Keepers Heritage Accommodation.

For other places to visit, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read our Kangaroo Island travel route planning website .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Cairns to Kangaroo Island in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, bus, car, and ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Seppeltsfield.

Things to do in Kangaroo Island

#Nature, #Wildlife, #Parks
Find places to stay May 25 — 27:
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2
nights
Seppeltsfield

Seppeltsfield ©
On the 28th (Mon), learn about winemaking at Seppeltsfield, learn about winemaking at Murray Street Vineyards, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Town Walk of Tanunda. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Tue): learn about winemaking at Kalleske Wines, then learn about winemaking at Wolf Blass, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Kaiserstuhl Conservation Park.

To see more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Seppeltsfield online road trip planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Kangaroo Island to Seppeltsfield. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in May, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Seppeltsfield

#Wineries, #Wildlife, #Parks

Side Trips

Greenock, Town Walk of Tanunda, Wolf Blass, Kaiserstuhl Conservation Park
Find places to stay May 27 — 29:
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Murray Street Vineyards ©
Murray Street Vineyards
Seppeltsfield ©
Seppeltsfield
Kalleske Wines ©
Kalleske Wines

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