21 days in Australia Itinerary

21 days in Australia Itinerary

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21 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Amsterdam
Fly:  26​h
1
Darwin
— 1 night
Fly + bus:  10​h 45​min
2
Byron Bay
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  9​h 30​min
3
Fraser Island
— 1 night
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  6​h 30​min
4
Blackheath
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h
6
Hamilton Island
— 2 nights
ferry:  1​h
7
Airlie Beach
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
8
Whitsunday Island
— 1 night
Fly:  1​h 45​min
9
Cairns
— 3 nights
Fly:  21​h 45​min
End: Amsterdam

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Wed): identify plant and animal life at Crocosaurus Cove, then examine the collection at Defence of Darwin Experience, and then take in the waterfront at Darwin Wharf Precinct. Keep things going the next day: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Darwin trip builder site .

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Darwin is an approximately 26-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 8 hours traveling from Amsterdam to Darwin. Traveling from Amsterdam in November, things will get much hotter in Darwin: highs are around 39°C and lows about 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to travel to Byron Bay.

Things to do in Darwin

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Defence of Darwin Experience ©
Defence of Darwin Experience
Darwin Wharf Precinct ©
Darwin Wharf Precinct

2
nights
Byron Bay

Byron Bay ©
Named after Lord Byron's grandfather, Byron Bay is not only famous as the easternmost point of Australia, but even more so as one of the liveliest vacation spots in the country.
Explore hidden gems such as Burleigh Heads Beach and Kirra Beach. We've included these beaches for you: Coolangatta Beach and Tugun Beach. Change things up with a short trip to Raggedy Anne Boutique in Kingscliff (about 1 hour away). And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Broken Head Beach, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Cape Byron Distillery, and relax in the rural setting at The Farm Byron Bay.

To find photos, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read our Byron Bay trip planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Darwin to Byron Bay takes 11 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Darwin in November, things will get little chillier in Byron Bay: highs are around 32°C and lows about 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Byron Bay

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Gold Coast, Raggedy Anne Boutique, Broken Head Beach
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Coolangatta Beach ©
Coolangatta Beach
Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Kirra Beach ©
Kirra Beach

1
night
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
On the 12th (Mon), explore the activities along Eli Creek and then kick back and relax at Seventy-Five Mile Beach. On the 13th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the waterfront views at Wanggoolba Creek and then explore the activities along Lake McKenzie.

To see reviews, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read our Fraser Island day trip site .

Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Byron Bay to Fraser Island takes 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, car, and ferry; or do a combination of bus, car, and ferry. November in Fraser Island sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 21°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Blackheath.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Seventy-Five Mile Beach ©
Seventy-Five Mile Beach
Eli Creek ©
Eli Creek
Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie

1
day
Blackheath

Blackheath ©
Located near the highest point of the Blue Mountains, Blackheath offers panoramic views of the surrounding area.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Wed): take some stellar pictures from Govetts Leap, don't miss a visit to Echo Point Lookout, take in nature's colorful creations at Everglades Historic House and Gardens, admire the sheer force of Wentworth Falls, then don't miss a visit to Gallery Blackheath, and finally make a trip to Day FIne Art.

For other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Blackheath tour itinerary planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Fraser Island to Blackheath. Traveling from Fraser Island in November, plan for a bit cooler nights in Blackheath, with lows around 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Blackheath

Parks Nature

Side Trips

Katoomba, Everglades Historic House and Gardens
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Wentworth Falls ©
Wentworth Falls
Govetts Leap ©
Govetts Leap
Everglades Historic House and Gardens ©

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.
Relax by the water at Bondi Beach and Manly Beach. When in Sydney, make a side trip to see Shelly Beach in Manly, approximately 36 minutes away. There's much more to do: see a show at Sydney Opera House, kick back and relax at Clovelly, snap pictures at Sydney Harbour Bridge, and stroll through Camp Cove.

For maps, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Sydney itinerary maker app .

Traveling by car from Blackheath to Sydney takes 2 hours. While traveling from Blackheath, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Sydney, ranging from highs of 29°C to lows of 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Hamilton Island.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Shelly Beach
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Manly Beach
Manly Beach

2
nights
Hamilton Island

Hamilton Island ©
A trip to Hamilton Island takes you to a car-free destination mostly covered in bushland.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Sun): go for a stroll along the water at Hamilton Island Marina, then enjoy the sand and surf at Catseye Beach, and then head outdoors with Jetryder. On the 19th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: play a few rounds at Hamilton Island Golf Club, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, and then make a trip to Passage Peak.

For reviews, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read Hamilton Island road trip tool .

Fly from Sydney to Hamilton Island in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. Traveling from Sydney in November, things will get somewhat warmer in Hamilton Island: highs are around 33°C and lows about 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can ride a ferry to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Hamilton Island

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Catseye Beach ©
Catseye Beach
Passage Peak ©
Passage Peak
Hamilton Island Marina ©
Hamilton Island Marina

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Tue): relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, then contemplate the waterfront views at Heart Reef, and then kick back and relax at Airlie Beach Lagoon. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Wed): look for gifts at Grotty Yachty Clothing, enjoy the sand and surf at Boathaven Beach, and then paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

To see where to stay, photos, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Airlie Beach trip itinerary planning tool .

You can ride a ferry from Hamilton Island to Airlie Beach in an hour. Another option is to do a combination of ferry and bus. In November, daily temperatures in Airlie Beach can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) to allow time to ride a ferry to Whitsunday Island.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Airlie Beach Lagoon ©
Airlie Beach Lagoon
Heart Reef ©
Heart Reef
Spas & Wellness

1
night
Whitsunday Island

Whitsunday Island ©
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): contemplate the waterfront views at Hill Inlet and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Whitehaven Beach.

To find maps, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read Whitsunday Island travel itinerary planner .

Ride a ferry from Airlie Beach to Whitsunday Island in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Airlie Beach in November, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Whitsunday Island, with lows of 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Whitsunday Island

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

3
nights
Cairns

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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): admire the natural beauty at Botanical Gardens, enjoy the sand and surf at Palm Cove Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Trinity Beach. On the 24th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Cairns trip maker website .

You can fly from Whitsunday Island to Cairns in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or take a train. In November, daytime highs in Cairns are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. You'll set off for home on the 25th (Sun).

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Palm Cove Beach, Trinity Beach
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Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling

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