21 days in Australia Itinerary

21 days in Australia Itinerary

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21 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  8​h 15​min
1
Darwin
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
2
Cairns
— 7 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Mission Beach
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
4
Townsville
— 1 night
ferry:  30​min
5
Magnetic Island
— 3 nights
ferry + Drive:  4​h 30​min
6
Mission Beach
— 1 night
bus:  3​h
7
Townsville
— 1 night
bus:  1​h 15​min
8
Airlie Beach
— 1 night
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  5​h 45​min
End: Sydney


4
nights
Darwin

The smallest of Australia’s state capitals, Darwin has nevertheless become an attractive and important urban center, being simultaneously one of the country’s most modernized cities and a gateway to both the Top End region and South East Asia.
Get outdoors at Mindil Beach and Koolpin Gorge. Take a break from Darwin with a short trip to Litchfield National Park in Batchelor, about 1h 20 min away. Spend the 27th (Wed) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Crocosaurus Cove, stop by Viva La Body, and take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, use the Darwin trip site .

Melbourne to Darwin is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Melbourne in June, expect Darwin to be much hotter, temps between 36°C and 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Darwin

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Koolpin Gorge, Litchfield National Park
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Mindil Beach ©
Mindil Beach
Litchfield National Park ©
Litchfield National Park

7
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Four Mile Beach and Palm Cove Beach. Visit Trinity Beach and Yorkeys Knob Beach for some beach relaxation. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cairns: Port Douglas (Scuba & Snorkeling, Safaris, & more) and Hartley's Crocodile Adventures (in Palm Cove). The adventure continues: trek along Esplanade Boardwalk, take in nature's colorful creations at Munro Martin Parklands, browse the collection at Cairns Library, and have some family-friendly fun at Cairns Kart Hire Track.

To see ratings, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Cairns holiday planner.

You can fly from Darwin to Cairns in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Darwin in June: highs in Cairns hover around 30°C, while lows dip to 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to drive to Mission Beach.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Port Douglas, Palm Cove, Cattana Wetlands, Trinity Beach, Yorkeys Knob Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Safaris

1
night
Mission Beach

Gracing the coast along the Coral Sea, Mission Beach is a collection of villages that merged into one city.
To find traveler tips, reviews, maps, and tourist information, use the Mission Beach trip planner .

Getting from Cairns to Mission Beach by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to drive to Townsville.

Things to do in Mission Beach

Adventure Tours Parks
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Skydiving
Mission Beach ©
Mission Beach

1
night
Townsville

Townsville ©
Tucked snugly beneath a steep, craggy mount--known as Castle Hill--the vibrant city of Townsville is as picturesque as its backdrop.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sun): take in the pleasant sights at Castle Hill and then kick back and relax at The Strand.

Make your Townsville itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Getting from Mission Beach to Townsville by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. July in Townsville sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to ride a ferry to Magnetic Island.

Things to do in Townsville

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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The Strand ©
The Strand
Castle Hill
Castle Hill

3
nights
Magnetic Island

Magnetic Island ©
Escape the urban bustle at Pilgrim Sailing and West Point.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, use the Magnetic Island road trip planning site .

Magnetic Island is very close to Townsville. In July, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 17°C. On the 11th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Mission Beach.

Things to do in Magnetic Island

Parks Outdoors Tours
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Geoffrey Bay ©
Geoffrey Bay
Pilgrim Sailing ©
Pilgrim Sailing
Fishing Charters & Tours

1
night
Mission Beach

To find traveler tips, reviews, maps, and tourist information, use the Mission Beach trip planner .

Getting from Cairns to Mission Beach by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to drive to Townsville.

Things to do in Mission Beach

Adventure Tours Parks
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Skydiving
Mission Beach ©
Mission Beach

1
night
Townsville

Townsville ©
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sun): take in the pleasant sights at Castle Hill and then kick back and relax at The Strand.

Make your Townsville itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Getting from Mission Beach to Townsville by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. July in Townsville sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to ride a ferry to Magnetic Island.

Things to do in Townsville

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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The Strand ©
The Strand
Castle Hill
Castle Hill

1
night
Airlie Beach

Airlie Beach ©
Very much a town with an emphasis on the tropical lifestyle, Airlie Beach offers exotic surroundings with palm trees and charming, sandy beaches.
On the 14th (Sat), soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

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You can ride a ferry from Townsville to Airlie Beach in 1.5 hours. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Townsville in July: highs in Airlie Beach hover around 24°C, while lows dip to 20°C. On the 15th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Airlie Beach Lagoon ©
Airlie Beach Lagoon
Bicentennial Walkway ©
Bicentennial Walkway
Spas & Wellness

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