21 days in Australia Itinerary

21 days in Australia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Australia visit planner

This plan was created by another user.  Make it your plan

Route & dates

21 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Brussels
train + Fly:  24​h
1
Cairns
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 30​min
2
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
shuttle + Fly:  6​h 30​min
3
Gold Coast
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
4
Canberra
— 1 day
Drive:  3​h 30​min
5
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h
6
Hobart
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h
7
St Kilda
— 1 night
Drive:  30​min
8
Melbourne
— 3 nights
Fly:  23​h 30​min
End: Brussels

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.
Keep things going the next day: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find maps, photos, ratings, and tourist information, use the Cairns trip builder tool .

Brussels, Belgium to Cairns is an approximately 23.5-hour combination of train and flight. You can also fly. Traveling from Brussels to Cairns, you'll lose 9 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Brussels in December, things will get warmer in Cairns: highs are around 36°C and lows about 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to take a bus to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Palm Cove Beach, Trinity Beach
Find places to stay Dec 21 — 23:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach

2
nights
Port Douglas

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.
On the 24th (Tue), kick back and relax at Four Mile Beach, get to know the resident critters at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, and then identify plant and animal life at Mossman Gorge Centre. Keep things going the next day: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find reviews, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Port Douglas trip itinerary builder site .

Traveling by bus from Cairns to Port Douglas takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In December, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Mossman Gorge Centre
Find places to stay Dec 23 — 25:
Highlights from your plan
Mossman Gorge Centre ©
Mossman Gorge Centre
Scuba & Snorkeling
Four Mile Beach ©
Four Mile Beach

2
nights
Gold Coast

Gold Coast ©
A city of towering skyscrapers, sandy beaches, and tree-lined streets, Gold Coast has an unpretentious air complemented by a citywide focus on sports and the arts.
Visiting Cape Byron Walking Track and Burleigh Head National Park will get you outdoors. Step off the beaten path and head to Burleigh Heads Beach and Tugun Beach. There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Kirra Beach, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, and kick back and relax at Coolangatta Beach.

To see photos, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Gold Coast trip planning site .

Getting from Port Douglas to Gold Coast by combination of shuttle and flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle, flight, and train; or drive. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Port Douglas in December: high temperatures in Gold Coast hover around 32°C and lows are around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to travel to Canberra.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Cape Byron Walking Track
Find places to stay Dec 25 — 28:
Highlights from your plan
Coolangatta Beach ©
Coolangatta Beach
Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park

1
day
Canberra

Canberra ©
A planned city with streets laid out in elaborate, geometric patterns and founded specifically to serve as the capital of the emerging Australian state, Canberra has a self-sufficient atmosphere.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Sun): take an in-depth tour of Australian War Memorial, then explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Australia, and then explore the activities along Lake Burley Griffin.

To see more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Canberra day trip planning site .

Fly from Gold Coast to Canberra in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Gold Coast in December since evenings lows in Canberra dip to 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Sydney.

Things to do in Canberra

Museums Nature Parks
Find places to stay Dec 28 — 29:
Highlights from your plan
National Gallery of Australia ©
National Gallery of Australia
Lake Burley Griffin ©
Lake Burley Griffin
Australian War Memorial ©
Australian War Memorial

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.
Get in touch with nature at Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk and Manly Beach. You'll get in some beach time at Bondi Beach and Clovelly Beach. And it doesn't end there: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, wander the streets of Darling Harbour, enjoy the sand and surf at Camp Cove, and get to know the fascinating history of The Rocks.

For more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Sydney trip planner .

Traveling by car from Canberra to Sydney takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Canberra in December, plan for a bit warmer nights in Sydney, with lows around 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to travel to Hobart.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Find places to stay Dec 29 — Jan 1:
Highlights from your plan
Manly Beach
Manly Beach
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©

3
nights
Hobart

Hobart ©
Snaking up the side of a rounded, tree-dotted hill, Hobart sits between Tasmania’s sprawling mountains and the vast estuary of the River Derwent.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary and Okines Beach. We've included these beaches for you: Opossum Bay Beach and Kingston Beach. Step out of Hobart with an excursion to Tahune Forest AirWalk in Geeveston--about 1h 15 min away. Next up on the itinerary: take in the pleasant sights at Battery Point Sculpture Trail, kick back and relax at Roches Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Bellerive Beach, and take in the views from Richmond Bridge.

To see reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Hobart itinerary maker website .

You can fly from Sydney to Hobart in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, ferry, and bus; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Sydney in January, with highs in Hobart at 26°C and lows at 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) to allow time to travel to St Kilda.

Things to do in Hobart

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Seven Mile Beach, Bellerive Beach, Okines Beach, Opossum Bay Beach, Roches Beach
Find places to stay Jan 1 — 4:
Highlights from your plan
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary
Tahune Forest AirWalk ©
Tahune Forest AirWalk
Opossum Bay Beach ©
Opossum Bay Beach

1
night
St Kilda

St Kilda ©
St Kilda is an inner suburb (neighbourhood) of the metropolitan area of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 6 km south-east of Melbourne's Central Business District. On the 5th (Sun), enjoy the sand and surf at Brighton Beach, kick back and relax at Elwood Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at St. Kilda Beach.

To find ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read our St Kilda travel itinerary planner .

Getting from Hobart to St Kilda by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. While traveling from Hobart, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in St Kilda, ranging from highs of 30°C to lows of 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can go by car to Melbourne.

Things to do in St Kilda

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Brighton Beach, Elwood Beach
Find places to stay Jan 4 — 5:
Highlights from your plan
Brighton Beach ©
Brighton Beach
St. Kilda Beach ©
St. Kilda Beach
Elwood Beach ©
Elwood Beach

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Eastern Beach Reserve and Ocean Beach. Visiting Melbourne Boat Hire and Half Moon Bay will get you outdoors. There's lots more to do: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, learn about all things military at Shrine of Remembrance, enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck, and learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Melbourne Zoo.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Melbourne trip itinerary maker .

Melbourne is just a short distance from St Kilda. In January, daytime highs in Melbourne are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Eastern Beach Reserve, Ocean Beach
Find places to stay Jan 5 — 8:
Highlights from your plan
Eastern Beach Reserve ©
Eastern Beach Reserve
Half Moon Bay ©
Half Moon Bay
Melbourne Boat Hire ©
Melbourne Boat Hire

Similar Plans

22 days in Sydney, Canberra & Melbourne BY A USER FROM FRANCE December, teens, culture, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, shopping, wildlife, popular sights PREFERENCES: December, teens, culture, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 22 days in Gold Coast, Sydney & Melbourne BY A USER FROM PHILIPPINES December, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, popular sights PREFERENCES: December, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 24 days in Sydney BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA January, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, popular sights PREFERENCES: January, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 23 days in Australia BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES September, culture, outdoors, historic sites, wildlife, popular sights PREFERENCES: September, culture, outdoors, historic sites, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 23 days in Australia BY A USER FROM AUSTRIA September, culture, outdoors, historic sites, wildlife, slow & easy, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: September, culture, outdoors, historic sites, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Slow & easy 22 days in Melbourne & Sydney BY A USER FROM VIETNAM August, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, museums, shopping, popular sights PREFERENCES: August, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 60 days in Australia BY A USER FROM NETHERLANDS March, culture, historic sites, museums, wildlife, fast-paced, popular sights PREFERENCES: March, culture, historic sites, museums, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Fast-paced 25 days in Australia BY A USER FROM SINGAPORE May, kids, slow & easy, popular sights PREFERENCES: May, kids ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Slow & easy 23 days in Australia BY A USER FROM INDIA December, outdoors, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, popular sights PREFERENCES: December, outdoors, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 22 days in Sydney BY A USER FROM BELGIUM February, kids, popular sights PREFERENCES: February, kids ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 22 days in Australia BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES November, kids, popular sights PREFERENCES: November, kids ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium
View more plans