21 days in Australia Itinerary

21 days in Australia Itinerary

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21 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Cardiff
Fly:  26​h
1
Cairns
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 2 nights
Fly + shuttle:  6​h
3
Port Douglas
— 4 nights
shuttle + Fly:  8​h 45​min
4
Lord Howe Island
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
5
Sydney
— 5 nights
Fly + train:  27​h
End: Cardiff

5
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 Trinity Beach will thrill your kids. Step out of the city life by going to Hartley's Crocodile Adventures and Palm Cove Beach. And it doesn't end there: hike along Esplanade Boardwalk, get outside with Esplanade Lagoon Pool, take a leisurely stroll along The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Yorkeys Knob Beach.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Cairns trip planner .

Cardiff, UK to Cairns is an approximately 26-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 10 hours traveling from Cardiff to Cairns. Traveling from Cardiff in April, things will get much warmer in Cairns: highs are around 34°C and lows about 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Trinity Beach, Yorkeys Knob Beach, The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk

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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Kuniya Walk, take in the dramatic natural features at Uluru, and then trek along Uluru Hiking Path. On your second day here, get outside with Walpa Gorge, take in the awesome beauty at Kata Tjuta, then view the masterpieces at Walkatjara Art, and finally get your bearings at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre.

To see more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read our Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip itinerary maker .

Fly from Cairns to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Cairns in April, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, with lows of 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to travel to Port Douglas.

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
Kuniya Walk ©
Kuniya Walk

4
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 Safaris will thrill your kids. Take a break from the city and head to Myall Beach and Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas. Take a break from Port Douglas with a short trip to Alexandra Bay Waterfall in Diwan, about 52 minutes away. There's more to do: look for gifts at Funstuff by Lynda.

To see more things to do and tourist information, read our Port Douglas itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of flight and shuttle from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Port Douglas in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in April, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 25°C in Port Douglas. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to travel to Lord Howe Island.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Cape Tribulation
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Myall Beach ©
Myall 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.
On the 14th (Sat), kick back and relax at Lagoon Beach and then stroll through Ned's Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Sun): take in the awesome beauty at Mt Gower.

To see ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Lord Howe Island online tour planner .

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Port Douglas to Lord Howe Island takes 9 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Sun) to allow time for travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Lord Howe Island

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Ned's Beach ©
Ned's Beach
Lagoon Beach ©
Lagoon Beach
Mt Gower ©
Mt Gower

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.
Relax by the water at Bondi Beach and Newport Beach. Bring the kids along to Manly Beach and Clovelly. Spend the 20th (Fri) exploring nature at Sydney Harbour National Park. Next up on the itinerary: trek along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, tour the pleasant surroundings at Nielsen Park, enjoy the sand and surf at Camp Cove, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium.

To see reviews, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Sydney planning tool .

You can fly from Lord Howe Island to Sydney in 3.5 hours. In April, daily temperatures in Sydney can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Sydney Harbour National Park
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Manly Beach
Manly Beach

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