21 days in Australia Itinerary

21 days in Australia Itinerary

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21 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  24​h
1
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Lord Howe Island
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
3
Melbourne
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 45​min
4
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 2 nights
Fly + shuttle:  6​h
5
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
6
Cape Tribulation
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
7
Cairns
— 2 nights
Fly:  23​h 15​min
End: London

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.
You'll get in some beach time at Bondi Beach and Clovelly. Visiting Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk and Freshwater Beach will get you outdoors. Go for a jaunt from Sydney to Manly to see Shelly Beach about 36 minutes away. There's lots more to do: enjoy some music at Sydney Opera House, kick back and relax at Dee Why Beach, admire the natural beauty at The Royal Botanic Garden, and stroll through Manly Beach.

To find other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Sydney visit app .

London, UK to Sydney is an approximately 24-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference when traveling from London to Sydney is 10 hours. In December, Sydney is much warmer than London - with highs of 32°C and lows of 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can travel to Lord Howe Island.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Shelly Beach
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Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
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 8th (Sat): hike along Lord Howe Island Walking Trails, enjoy the sand and surf at Lagoon Beach, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt Gower. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Sun): learn more about the world around you at Lord Howe Island Museum, then kick back and relax at Ned's Beach, and then identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas.

To see reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Lord Howe Island online trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Lord Howe Island takes 3.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Lord Howe Island

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Ned's Beach ©
Ned's Beach
Lagoon Beach ©
Lagoon Beach
Lord Howe Island Walking Trails ©
Lord Howe Island Walking Trails

1
night
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Mon): admire nature's wide array of creatures at Melbourne Zoo, stroll through Sandridge Beach, and then choose your vessel at Melbourne Boat Hire. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck 88, then stroll through St. Kilda Beach, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Half Moon Bay.

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You can fly from Lord Howe Island to Melbourne in 5.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in December, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

St. Kilda Beach
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Sandridge Beach ©
Sandridge Beach
St. Kilda Beach ©
St. Kilda Beach
Half Moon Bay ©
Half Moon Bay

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 12th (Wed): trek along Kuniya Walk, take in the dramatic natural features at Uluru, take an in-depth tour of Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, then view the masterpieces at Walkatjara Art, and finally stroll through Uluru Hiking Path. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Thu): appreciate the views at Valley of the Winds, then explore the striking landscape at Kata Tjuta, and then get outside with Walpa Gorge.

For photos, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park online road trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Melbourne in December, expect Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to be a bit warmer, temps between 42°C and 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) to allow time 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
Valley of the Winds ©
Valley of the Winds

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.
Get outdoors at Scuba & Snorkeling and Four Mile Beach. Spend the 15th (Sat) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. And it doesn't end there: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, kick back and relax at Wonga Beach, and learn about winemaking at Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery.

For more things to do, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read our Port Douglas trip itinerary planner.

Do a combination of flight and shuttle from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Port Douglas in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. When traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in December, plan for little chillier days in Port Douglas, with highs around 36°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Cape Tribulation.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Wonga Beach, Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Four Mile Beach ©
Four Mile Beach

3
nights
Cape Tribulation

Cape Tribulation ©
A lush headland that's part of the forested Daintree Region, Cape Tribulation was so named by Lieutenant--later Captain--Cook in 1770, when his ship ran aground in the area.
Get in touch with nature at Myall Beach and Daintree Rainforest - Cooper Creek Wilderness. We've included these beaches for you: Cape Tribulation Beach and Cow Bay Beach. And it doesn't end there: admire the sheer force of Alexandra Bay Waterfall, experience rural life at Cape Trib Farm, admire the natural beauty at Marrdja Botanical Walk, and trek along Dubuji Boardwalk.

For more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Cape Tribulation trip builder site .

Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Port Douglas to Cape Tribulation takes 2 hours. In December in Cape Tribulation, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Cow Bay Beach
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Myall Beach ©
Myall Beach
Cape Tribulation Beach ©
Cape Tribulation Beach
Dubuji Boardwalk ©
Dubuji Boardwalk

2
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.
On the 20th (Thu), discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take a leisurely stroll along The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Palm Cove Beach, and then experience rural life at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures.

To see photos, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Cairns road trip planning website .

You can do a combination of car, ferry, and bus from Cape Tribulation to Cairns in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, ferry, and shuttle; or drive. In December, daytime highs in Cairns are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

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

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