21 days in Australia Itinerary

21 days in Australia Itinerary

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21 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  25​h
1
Melbourne
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
2
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 2 nights
Fly + shuttle:  6​h
3
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
+4
shuttle + Fly + Drive + ferry + Drive:  11​h
4
Fraser Island
— 2 nights
+3
Drive + ferry + Drive + Fly:  9​h 30​min
5
Lord Howe Island
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 30​min
6
Sydney
— 5 nights
Fly:  24​h
End: London

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 get in some beach time at St. Kilda Beach and Sandridge Beach. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Old Melbourne Gaol and Shrine of Remembrance. Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Melbourne Zoo, take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck 88, enjoy the sand and surf at Half Moon Bay, and take in nature's colorful creations at Fitzroy Gardens.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Melbourne road trip planning tool .

London, UK to Melbourne is an approximately 25-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Victoria), which is usually a 10 hour difference. When traveling from London in December, plan for warmer days and a bit warmer nights in Melbourne: temperatures range from 30°C by day to 14°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Melbourne

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Museums

Side Trip

St. Kilda Beach
Find places to stay Dec 17 — 20:
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Melbourne Boat Hire ©
Melbourne Boat Hire
St. Kilda Beach ©
St. Kilda Beach
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo

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.
On the 21st (Fri), hike along Uluru Hiking Path, get engrossed in the history at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, then hike along Kuniya Walk, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Uluru. Here are some ideas for day two: view the masterpieces at Walkatjara Art, take in the dramatic natural features at Kata Tjuta, and then get outside with Walpa Gorge.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip planner .

You can fly from Melbourne to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Melbourne in December, things will get somewhat warmer in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park: highs are around 42°C and lows about 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Nature
Find places to stay Dec 20 — 22:
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Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta ©
Kata Tjuta
Kuniya Walk ©
Kuniya Walk

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Scuba & Snorkeling and Palm Cove Beach. Spend the 25th (Tue) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. It doesn't end there: experience rural life at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures and look for gifts at With Sugar.

To find traveler tips, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Port Douglas online itinerary planner .

Getting from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Port Douglas by combination of flight and shuttle takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in December: highs in Port Douglas hover around 36°C, while lows dip to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Port Douglas

#Outdoors, #Wildlife, #Tours

Side Trip

Palm Cove
Find places to stay Dec 22 — 25:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Safaris

2
nights
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
Get in touch with nature at Lake McKenzie and Indian Head. Visit Seventy-Five Mile Beach and Eli Creek for some beach relaxation.

For maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Fraser Island day trip tool .

Traveling by combination of shuttle, flight, ferry, and car from Port Douglas to Fraser Island takes 11 hours. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Port Douglas in December since evenings lows in Fraser Island dip to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Lord Howe Island.

Things to do in Fraser Island

#Parks, #Nature, #Beaches
Find places to stay Dec 25 — 28:
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Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie
Seventy-Five Mile Beach ©
Seventy-Five Mile Beach
Eli Creek ©
Eli Creek

1
night
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 29th (Sat): stroll through Lagoon Beach and then stroll through Ned's Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the awesome beauty at Mt Gower and then hike along Lord Howe Island Walking Trails.

To see maps, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Lord Howe Island online trip planner .

You can do a combination of car, ferry, and flight from Fraser Island to Lord Howe Island in 9.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Lord Howe Island

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches
Find places to stay Dec 28 — 30:
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Ned's Beach ©
Ned's Beach
Lord Howe Island Walking Trails ©
Lord Howe Island Walking Trails
Mt Gower ©
Mt Gower

5
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like The Rocks and Darling Harbour. Step out of the city life by going to Bondi Beach and Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk. And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Sydney Opera House, stroll through Coogee Beach, snap pictures at Sydney Harbour Bridge, and see the interesting displays at Australian National Maritime Museum.

To see photos, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Sydney route planner.

You can fly from Lord Howe Island to Sydney in 3.5 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Sydney can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. You will leave for home on the 4th (Fri).

Things to do in Sydney

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Beaches
Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 4:
Highlights from your plan
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©

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