21 days in Australia Itinerary

21 days in Australia Itinerary

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21 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Mumbai
Fly:  20​h 15​min
1
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
2
Melbourne
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Sydney
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
4
Lord Howe Island
— 2 nights
Fly + shuttle:  7​h 30​min
5
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Cairns
— 4 nights
Fly:  15​h 30​min
End: Mumbai

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.
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is known for nature, museums, outdoors, trails, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the striking landscape at Uluru, hike along Uluru Hiking Path, stroll through Kuniya Walk, and admire the verdant scenery at Valley of the Winds.

For photos, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park driving holiday site .

Mumbai, India to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is an approximately 20.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Mumbai to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is 4 hours. Traveling from Mumbai in May, you will find days in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park are slightly colder (28°C), and nights are colder (12°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta ©
Kata Tjuta
Lungkata Walk ©
Lungkata Walk

3
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Bring the kids along to Melbourne Zoo and Werribee Open Range Zoo. The adventure continues: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck 88, steep yourself in history at Old Melbourne Gaol, and see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum.

For photos, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Melbourne travel route planning tool .

You can fly from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Melbourne in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In May, Melbourne is slightly colder than Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park - with highs of 20°C and lows of 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Outdoors Museums

Side Trip

Werribee Open Range Zoo
Find places to stay May 11 — 15:
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Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo
Werribee Open Range Zoo ©
Werribee Open Range Zoo
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum

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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Bondi Beach and Manly Beach. The adventure continues: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, look and learn at Sydney Observatory, engage your brain at Powerhouse Museum, and take in the views from Sydney Harbour Bridge.

To find ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Sydney tour itinerary planning site .

Getting from Melbourne to Sydney by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Melbourne in May: high temperatures in Sydney hover around 24°C and lows are around 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to travel to Lord Howe Island.

Things to do in Sydney

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

2
nights
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 20th (Mon): take in the awesome beauty at Mt Gower, explore the striking landscape at Ball's Pyramid, and then kick back and relax at Lagoon Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at Lord Howe Island Museum, identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, and then kick back and relax at Ned's Beach.

For ratings, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Lord Howe Island day trip planning tool .

You can fly from Sydney to Lord Howe Island in 3.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Lord Howe Island

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Find places to stay May 19 — 21:
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Ned's Beach ©
Ned's Beach
Lagoon Beach ©
Lagoon Beach
Mt Gower ©
Mt Gower

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.
Family-friendly places like Scuba & Snorkeling and Hartley's Crocodile Adventures will thrill your kids. Spend the 23rd (Thu) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. The adventure continues: meet the residents at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas and relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

For where to stay and other tourist information, read Port Douglas tour itinerary builder tool .

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Lord Howe Island to Port Douglas takes 7.5 hours. May in Port Douglas sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Find places to stay May 21 — 24:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas ©
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas
Safaris

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.
Family-friendly places like Scuba & Snorkeling and Muddy's Playground will thrill your kids. Change things up with a short trip to Palm Cove Beach in Palm Cove (about 32 minutes away). Spend the 26th (Sun) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Trinity Beach and take in the waterfront at The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk.

To see other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Cairns sightseeing planner .

You can drive from Port Douglas to Cairns in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. In May, daily temperatures in Cairns can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Tue) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Palm Cove Beach, The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk, Trinity Beach
Find places to stay May 24 — 28:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach

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