21 days in Australia Itinerary

21 days in Australia Itinerary

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21 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Vancouver
Fly:  17​h 45​min
1
Cairns
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
2
Alice Springs
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 45​min
3
Melbourne
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
4
Sydney
— 7 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
5
Brisbane
— 3 nights
Fly:  16​h 30​min
End: Vancouver

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Scuba & Snorkeling and The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cairns: Safaris (in Port Douglas) and Palm Cove (Hartley's Crocodile Adventures & Palm Cove Beach). There's more to do: enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour and view the masterpieces at Bones and Jones.

To find traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Cairns trip planning tool .

Vancouver, Canada to Cairns is an approximately 18-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. You'll lose 18 hours traveling from Vancouver to Cairns due to the time zone difference. In November, Cairns is warmer than Vancouver - with highs of 36°C and lows of 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can travel to Alice Springs.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Safaris, The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

1
night
Alice Springs

Alice Springs ©
Situated right in the heart of Australia, Alice Springs serves as an urban oasis deep within the country’s parched, desert-like Red Center.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Thu): look for all kinds of wild species at Alice Springs Desert Park, see the interesting displays at Hartley Street School Museum, and then look for all kinds of wild species at The Kangaroo Sanctuary.

For photos, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, use the Alice Springs trip planner .

You can fly from Cairns to Alice Springs in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Cairns, expect somewhat warmer days and slightly colder nights in Alice Springs, ranging from highs of 40°C to lows of 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Alice Springs

Wildlife Parks Museums
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The Kangaroo Sanctuary ©
The Kangaroo Sanctuary
Alice Springs Desert Park ©
Alice Springs Desert Park
Hartley Street School Museum ©
Hartley Street School Museum

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Melbourne Zoo and St. Kilda Beach. Museum-lovers will appreciate National Gallery of Victoria and The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia. There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Melbourne Museum, take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, get engrossed in the history at Museum of Chinese Australian History Inc., and learn about all things military at Shrine of Remembrance.

To see reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Melbourne route planning site .

You can fly from Alice Springs to Melbourne in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Alice Springs in November, you will find days in Melbourne are cooler (26°C), and nights are little chillier (11°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

St. Kilda Beach
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Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum
National Gallery of Victoria ©
National Gallery of Victoria
Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance

7
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.
Appreciate the collections at Australian National Maritime Museum and Hyde Park Barracks Museum. Visit Bondi Beach and Freshwater Beach for some beach relaxation. There's still lots to do: trek along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, take in the views from Sydney Harbour Bridge, explore the world behind art at Art Gallery of New South Wales, and view the masterpieces at Brett Whiteley Studio.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Sydney vacation builder site .

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Sydney takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Melbourne in November, Sydney is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Manly Beach
Manly Beach

3
nights
Brisbane

Brisbane ©
Queensland’s biggest town and state capital, Brisbane has an attractive, manicured image based around its riverside aesthetic as well as the contrast between its high-rise center and extensive urban greenery.
Visiting Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary and Moffat Beach will get you outdoors. The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Dicky Beach, admire the masterpieces at Queensland Art Gallery, take in nature's colorful creations at Roma Street Parkland, and have fun at South Bank Parklands.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Brisbane trip planning website .

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Brisbane takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In November, daily temperatures in Brisbane can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Caloundra
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Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Dicky Beach ©
Dicky Beach
Moffat Beach ©
Moffat Beach

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