21 days in Australia Itinerary

21 days in Australia Itinerary

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21 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: New Delhi
Fly:  14​h 30​min
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
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
5
Melbourne
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
6
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 3 nights
Fly:  21​h
End: New Delhi

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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Scuba & Snorkeling and Nature & Wildlife Tours. There's much more to do: trek along Esplanade Boardwalk, take in the dramatic scenery at Josephine Falls, and have fun at Esplanade Lagoon Pool.

To find ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Cairns attractions website .

New Delhi, India to Cairns is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 4 hours traveling from New Delhi to Cairns. Traveling from New Delhi in April, you will find days in Cairns are little chillier (34°C), and nights are about the same (26°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can go by car to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk

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.
Attractions like Scuba & Snorkeling and Safaris make great kid-friendly stops. And it doesn't end there: experience rural life at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and meet the residents at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas.

To find photos, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Port Douglas trip builder tool .

Traveling by car from Cairns to Port Douglas takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. April in Port Douglas sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 25°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) to allow time to 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 12th (Fri): learn more about the world around you at Lord Howe Island Museum, then kick back and relax at Lagoon Beach, and then stroll through Ned's Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Lord Howe Island Walking Trails, then take in the dramatic natural features at Ball's Pyramid, and then take in the awesome beauty at Mt Gower.

For ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Lord Howe Island trip planner .

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Port Douglas to Lord Howe Island takes 7.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Lord Howe Island

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

4
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.
Bring the kids along to Bondi Beach and Manly Beach. And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Sydney Opera House, take in nature's colorful creations at The Royal Botanic Garden, get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, and wander the streets of The Rocks.

To see ratings, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Sydney trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by flight from Lord Howe Island to Sydney takes 3.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in April, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Manly Beach
Manly Beach
Sea Life Sydney Aquarium ©
Sea Life Sydney Aquarium

4
nights
Melbourne

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Attractions like Melbourne Zoo and Fitzroy Gardens make great kid-friendly stops. There's lots more to do: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, steep yourself in history at Old Melbourne Gaol, have some family-friendly fun at Pinball Paradise, and choose your vessel at Melbourne Boat Hire.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Melbourne trip itinerary planning app .

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 April: high temperatures in Melbourne hover around 23°C and lows are around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums Parks Outdoors
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Balloon Rides
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum

3
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.
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is known for nature, museums, outdoors, trails, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Uluru, contemplate the waterfront views at Mutitjulu Waterhole, hike along Uluru Hiking Path, and explore the striking landscape at Kata Tjuta.

To see reviews, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park day trip planning website .

Getting from Melbourne to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive. In April, Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is somewhat warmer than Melbourne - with highs of 34°C and lows of 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

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
Valley of the Winds ©
Valley of the Winds

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