21 days in Australia Itinerary

21 days in Australia Itinerary

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21 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Dublin
Fly:  26​h
1
Sydney
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Katoomba
— 2 nights
train + Fly:  7​h 45​min
3
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 45​min
4
Cairns
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
5
Hamilton Island
— 2 nights
Travel:  3​h
6
Whitsunday Island
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  156​h
End: Dublin

3
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 Ocean Beach and Port Kembla Beach. Explore hidden gems such as North Head Sanctuary and Australia Walkabout Wildlife Park. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Sydney: Sublime Point Lookout (in Bulli Tops) and Wattamolla Beach (in Wollongong). There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Maroubra Beach, hike along Parsley Bay Reserve, and stroll through Camp Cove.

For traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Sydney trip itinerary maker tool .

Dublin, Ireland to Sydney is an approximately 26-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 10 hours traveling from Dublin to Sydney. Traveling from Dublin in December, things will get warmer in Sydney: highs are around 32°C and lows about 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can drive to Katoomba.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Wollongong, North Head Sanctuary, Australia Walkabout Wildlife Park, Maroubra Beach, Ocean Beach
Find places to stay Dec 26 — 29:
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North Head Sanctuary ©
North Head Sanctuary
Maroubra Beach ©
Maroubra Beach
Port Kembla Beach ©
Port Kembla Beach

2
nights
Katoomba

Katoomba ©
Located off of the Great Western Highway, Katoomba is the main hub of the City of Blue Mountains.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Mon): explore the activities along Wentworth Falls Lake, identify plant and animal life at Logan Brae Orchard, look for all kinds of wild species at Pulpit Rock Lookout, then take some stellar pictures from Cahill's Lookout, and finally wander the streets of Street Art Walk - by Street Art Murals Australia. On your second day here, see the interesting displays at Lithgow Small Arms Factory Museum, then learn about winemaking at Megalong Creek Estate, and then stroll through Ruined Castle Walking Track.

For photos, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Katoomba day trip tool .

Traveling by car from Sydney to Katoomba takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In December, daytime highs in Katoomba are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Katoomba

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trips

Lithgow Small Arms Factory Museum, Logan Brae Orchard, Wentworth Falls Lake, Pulpit Rock Lookout, Megalong Creek Estate
Find places to stay Dec 29 — 31:
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Pulpit Rock Lookout ©
Pulpit Rock Lookout
Lithgow Small Arms Factory Museum ©
Lithgow Small Arms Factory Museum

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Wed): view the masterpieces at Walkatjara Art, then take in the dramatic natural features at Kata Tjuta, then head outdoors with Walpa Gorge, and finally hike along Kuniya Walk.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park online visit planner .

Getting from Katoomba to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park by combination of train and flight takes about 8 hours. Other options: drive. Traveling from Katoomba in January, things will get a bit warmer in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park: highs are around 43°C and lows about 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Outdoors Parks Nature
Find places to stay Dec 31 — Jan 2:
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Kuniya Walk ©
Kuniya Walk
Walpa Gorge ©
Walpa Gorge
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga ©
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga

3
nights
Cairns

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.
Bring the kids along to Daintree Rainforest - Cooper Creek Wilderness and Michaelmas Cay. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Atherton Tablelands and Shark Diving. Explore Cairns' surroundings by going to Historic Village Herberton (in Herberton), St Mary’s by The Sea chapel (in Port Douglas) and Walu Wugirriga Lookout (in Cow Bay). Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, learn about winemaking at Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery, and sample the tasty concoctions at Blue Sky Brewery.

To see photos, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Cairns journey planner.

You can fly from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Cairns in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. When traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in January, plan for little chillier days in Cairns, with highs around 37°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can travel to Hamilton Island.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

St Mary’s by The Sea chapel, Historic Village Herberton, Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery, Walu Wugirriga Lookout, Photography Tours
Find places to stay Jan 2 — 5:
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Atherton Tablelands ©
Atherton Tablelands
Historic Village Herberton ©
Historic Village Herberton
Photography Tours

2
nights
Hamilton Island

Hamilton Island ©
A trip to Hamilton Island takes you to a car-free destination mostly covered in bushland.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Mon): tee off at Hamilton Island Golf Club, then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and then make a trip to Passage Peak. On the next day, admire all the interesting features of Go-Kart Racing Track, stroll through Catseye Beach, and then get outside with Jetryder.

To see photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Hamilton Island holiday builder .

Fly from Cairns to Hamilton Island in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in January, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can travel to Whitsunday Island.

Things to do in Hamilton Island

Outdoors Beaches Parks
Find places to stay Jan 5 — 7:
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Catseye Beach ©
Catseye Beach
Passage Peak ©
Passage Peak
Hamilton Island Golf Club ©
Hamilton Island Golf Club

1
night
Whitsunday Island

Whitsunday Island ©
On the 8th (Wed), step off the mainland to explore Whitsunday Islands National Park and then kick back and relax at Whitehaven Beach.

To find ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Whitsunday Island trip itinerary planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Hamilton Island to Whitsunday Island. In January in Whitsunday Island, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 26°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Whitsunday Island

Parks Nature Wildlife
Find places to stay Jan 7 — 8:
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Whitehaven Beach ©
Whitehaven Beach
Whitsunday Islands National Park ©
Whitsunday Islands National Park

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