21 days in Australia Itinerary

21 days in Australia Itinerary

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21 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Santiago
Fly:  17​h 45​min
1
Melbourne
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
2
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 3 nights
Fly + shuttle:  5​h 45​min
3
Port Douglas
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
4
Cairns
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
5
Lord Howe Island
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 30​min
6
Sydney
— 5 nights
Fly:  17​h 15​min
End: Santiago

3
nights
Melbourne

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Melbourne Zoo and Werribee Open Range Zoo. There's much more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, steep yourself in history at Old Melbourne Gaol, and take in panoramic vistas at Melbourne Star Observation Wheel.

To find reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Melbourne travel route builder site .

Santiago, Chile to Melbourne is an approximately 18-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or do a combination of flight and train. You'll lose 14 hours traveling from Santiago to Melbourne due to the time zone difference. In December in Melbourne, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 14°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Outdoors

Side Trip

Werribee Open Range Zoo
Find places to stay Dec 23 — 26:
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Balloon Rides
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo
Werribee Open Range Zoo ©
Werribee Open Range Zoo

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: take in the dramatic natural features at Uluru, tour the pleasant surroundings at Uluru Hiking Path, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga, and get advice or help at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre.

To plan Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

You can fly from Melbourne to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Melbourne in December, things will get a bit warmer in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park: highs are around 42°C and lows about 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Find places to stay Dec 26 — 29:
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Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga ©
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga
Valley of the Winds ©
Valley of the Winds

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.
Bring the kids along to Myall Beach and Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Port Douglas: Thornton Beach (in Thornton Beach) and Daintree Entomological museum (in Diwan). There's much more to do: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, take an exotic tour of a safari tour, look for all kinds of wild species at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, and don't miss a visit to St Mary’s by The Sea chapel.

Discover how to plan a Port Douglas trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

You can do a combination of flight and shuttle from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Port Douglas in 6 hours. Another option is to drive. While traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Port Douglas, ranging from highs of 36°C to lows of 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) to allow time to take a bus to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Cape Tribulation, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Find places to stay Dec 29 — Jan 1:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

3
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.
Change things up with a short trip to Palm Cove Beach in Palm Cove (about 32 minutes away). There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, take a leisurely stroll along The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, and get your game on at Cairns Kart Hire Track.

To plan Cairns vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

You can take a bus from Port Douglas to Cairns in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. January in Cairns sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can travel to Lord Howe Island.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk, Palm Cove Beach, Cairns Kart Hire Track
Find places to stay Jan 1 — 4:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk

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 5th (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Lagoon Beach and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Lord Howe Island Walking Trails. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: learn more about the world around you at Lord Howe Island Museum, then enjoy the sand and surf at Ned's Beach, and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see photos, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read Lord Howe Island online driving holiday planner .

Traveling by flight from Cairns to Lord Howe Island takes 6.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Lord Howe Island

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Find places to stay Jan 4 — 6:
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Ned's Beach ©
Ned's Beach
Lagoon Beach ©
Lagoon Beach
Lord Howe Island Walking Trails ©
Lord Howe Island Walking Trails

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.
Attractions like Bondi Beach and Chinese Garden of Friendship make great kid-friendly stops. There's lots more to do: hike along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, take in the views from Sydney Harbour Bridge, take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, and wander the streets of Darling Harbour.

To find maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Sydney journey planner.

Getting from Lord Howe Island to Sydney by flight takes about 3.5 hours. In January in Sydney, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 23°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Find places to stay Jan 6 — 11:
Highlights from your plan
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Manly Beach
Manly Beach

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