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
— 2 nights
+3
Fly + Drive + ferry + Drive:  7​h 45​min
2
Fraser Island
— 2 nights
+3
Drive + ferry + Drive + Fly:  9​h
3
Whitsunday Island
— 1 day
Fly + shuttle:  4​h
4
Port Douglas
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Cape Tribulation
— 2 nights
+3
Drive + ferry + Drive + bus:  3​h
6
Cairns
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
7
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
8
Kings Canyon
— 1 night
Drive:  14​h
9
Adelaide
— 1 night
Fly:  23​h 45​min
End: London

2
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.
We've included these beaches for you: Bondi Beach and Clovelly. Visiting Manly Beach and Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk will get you outdoors. Step out of Sydney with an excursion to Shelly Beach in Manly--about 36 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Coogee Beach, get to know the fascinating history of The Rocks, catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, and wander the streets of Darling Harbour.

For ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Sydney day trip tool .

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 changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) (AEST), which is usually a 10 hour difference. Prepare for much hotter weather when traveling from London in December: high temperatures in Sydney hover around 32°C and lows are around 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Sydney

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Beaches

Side Trip

Shelly Beach
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Manly Beach
Manly Beach
Coogee Beach ©
Coogee Beach

2
nights
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
Take a break from the city and head to Lake McKenzie and Seventy-Five Mile Beach. We've included these beaches for you: Indian Head and Eli Creek.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, go to the Fraser Island online trip maker .

Getting from Sydney to Fraser Island by combination of flight, ferry, and car takes about 8 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, car, and ferry. In December, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Whitsunday Island.

Things to do in Fraser Island

#Parks, #Nature, #Beaches
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Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie
Seventy-Five Mile Beach ©
Seventy-Five Mile Beach
Eli Creek ©
Eli Creek

1
day
Whitsunday Island

Whitsunday Island ©
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): explore the activities along Hill Inlet and then kick back and relax at Whitehaven Beach.

To find traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Whitsunday Island trip planner .

You can do a combination of car, ferry, and flight from Fraser Island to Whitsunday Island in 9 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car, ferry, and train; or do a combination of car, ferry, and bus. In January, daytime highs in Whitsunday Island are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Whitsunday Island

#Parks, #Beaches, #Outdoors
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Whitehaven Beach ©
Whitehaven Beach
Hill Inlet ©
Hill Inlet

3
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Scuba & Snorkeling and Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas. Spend the 4th (Fri) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. It doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Four Mile Beach and look for all kinds of wild species at Mossman Gorge.

To see other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Port Douglas trip planner .

You can do a combination of flight and shuttle from Whitsunday Island to Port Douglas in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle; or do a combination of train and taxi. In January, daytime highs in Port Douglas are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Cape Tribulation.

Things to do in Port Douglas

#Outdoors, #Wildlife, #Tours

Side Trip

Mossman Gorge
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Four Mile Beach ©
Four Mile Beach

2
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.
On the 6th (Sun), explore the striking landscape of Daintree National Park. Here are some ideas for day two: identify plant and animal life at Daintree Rainforest - Cooper Creek Wilderness and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Myall Beach.

For other places to visit, maps, ratings, and tourist information, use the Cape Tribulation trip planner .

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Port Douglas to Cape Tribulation in 2 hours. January in Cape Tribulation sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Nature
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Daintree National Park ©
Daintree National Park

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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Tue): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Wed): experience rural life at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures and then enjoy the sand and surf at Palm Cove Beach.

To see maps, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Cairns trip itinerary planning website .

Traveling by combination of car, ferry, and bus from Cape Tribulation to Cairns takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, ferry, and shuttle; or drive. In January, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Cairns

#Outdoors, #Wildlife, #Tours

Side Trip

Palm Cove
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach

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 10th (Thu): hike along Uluru Hiking Path, then take in the exciting artwork at Walkatjara Art, then hike along Kuniya Walk, and finally make a trip to Uluru. Here are some ideas for day two: get engrossed in the history at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Kata Tjuta, and then head outdoors with Walpa Gorge.

To find out how to plan a trip to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, use our trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Cairns to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive. Traveling from Cairns in January, expect nights in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to be about the same, around 26°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 43°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to travel to Kings Canyon.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Nature
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Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta ©
Kata Tjuta
Kuniya Walk ©
Kuniya Walk

1
night
Kings Canyon

Kings Canyon ©
On the 12th (Sat), explore the stunning scenery at Kings Canyon and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kings Creek Station.

To find reviews, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Kings Canyon tour itinerary planner.

Drive from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Kings Canyon in 4 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can travel to Adelaide.

Things to do in Kings Canyon

#Historic Sites, #Nature, #Parks

Side Trip

Kings Canyon Walk
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Kings Creek Station ©
Kings Creek Station
Kings Canyon Walk ©
Kings Canyon Walk

1
night
Adelaide

Adelaide ©
Adelaide exists contentedly as a cultured, diverse, and attractive city with a laid-back center, leafy residential districts, and an underlying cosmopolitan atmosphere.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sun): learn about winemaking at Rockford Winery, then learn about winemaking at God's Hill Wines, and then savor the flavors at National Wine Centre of Australia.

To see maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Adelaide road trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Kings Canyon to Adelaide takes 17 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Adelaide can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. You will leave for home on the 14th (Mon).

Things to do in Adelaide

#Wineries

Side Trips

Rockford Winery, God's Hill Wines
Find places to stay Jan 13 — 14:
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National Wine Centre of Australia ©
National Wine Centre of Australia
Rockford Winery ©
Rockford Winery
God's Hill Wines ©
God's Hill Wines

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