21 days in Australia Itinerary

21 days in Australia Itinerary

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21 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  23​h 15​min
1
Cairns
— 4 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
2
Port Douglas
— 4 nights
shuttle + Fly:  4​h 15​min
3
Townsville
— 3 nights
bus:  3​h 45​min
4
Airlie Beach
— 3 nights
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  5​h
5
Brisbane
— 4 nights
Fly:  25​h
End: London

4
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.
Village Gallery and The Australian Armour & Artillery Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Do some cultural sightseeing at St Monica's Cathedral and Samurai Gallery Australia. Go for a jaunt from Cairns to Palm Cove to see Palm Cove Beach about 32 minutes away. Spend the 23rd (Tue) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's lots more to do: trek along Esplanade Boardwalk, take in the exciting artwork at Michael Seebeck Gallery, browse the exhibits of Underart Gallery, and admire the masterpieces at KickArts Contemporary Arts.

To see where to stay, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Cairns online trip maker .

London, UK to Cairns is an approximately 23.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) is 10 hours. Traveling from London in April, expect Cairns to be warmer, temps between 34°C and 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can go by car to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Yorkeys Knob Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach

4
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Scuba & Snorkeling and Four Mile Beach. Appreciate the collections at Des Spencer Galleries and Ngarru Gallery. Spend the 29th (Mon) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. The adventure continues: experience rural life at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, stop by With Sugar, tour the pleasant surroundings at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, and get engrossed in the history at Port Douglas Court House Museum.

To see photos, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read Port Douglas trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Cairns to Port Douglas in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a shuttle. In April, daily temperatures in Port Douglas can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) so you can travel to Townsville.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

3
nights
Townsville

Townsville ©
Tucked snugly beneath a steep, craggy mount--known as Castle Hill--the vibrant city of Townsville is as picturesque as its backdrop.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Museum of Tropical Queensland and The Drill Hall Studio. Take a break from the city and head to Scuba & Snorkeling and The Strand. There's still lots to do: brush up on your military savvy at Army Museum North Queensland, view the masterpieces at Pinnacles Gallery, explore the galleries of Perc Tucker Regional Gallery, and examine the collection at Maritime Museum of Townsville.

For more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Townsville trip itinerary website .

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Port Douglas to Townsville takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. April in Townsville sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 24°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can catcht the bus to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Townsville

Museums Outdoors Wildlife
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Museum of Tropical Queensland ©
Museum of Tropical Queensland
Scuba & Snorkeling
The Strand ©
The Strand

3
nights
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Above & Below Photography and Art Whitsunday Gallery & Shop. Step out of the city life by going to Scuba & Snorkeling and Airlie Beach Lagoon. On the 5th (Sun), spend a thrilling day on the water with a speed boat tour. The adventure continues: zoom along the surf with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure.

For ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Airlie Beach online holiday planner .

You can take a bus from Townsville to Airlie Beach in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. While traveling from Townsville, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Airlie Beach, ranging from highs of 28°C to lows of 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Speed Boats Tours
Scuba & Snorkeling
Waterskiing & Jetskiing

4
nights
Brisbane

Brisbane ©
Queensland’s biggest town and state capital, Brisbane has an attractive, manicured image based around its riverside aesthetic as well as the contrast between its high-rise center and extensive urban greenery.
Visit Catholic Old St. Stephen's Church (chapel) and Cathedral Square for their historical value. Museum-lovers will appreciate Queensland Museum & Sciencentre and Gallery of Modern Art. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Brisbane: Pine Rivers Heritage Museum (in Whiteside) and TAVAS Aviation Museum (in Caboolture). And it doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, see the interesting displays at Museum of Brisbane, admire the masterpieces at The Henderson Gallery, and let the kids burn off some steam at South Bank Parklands.

To find photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Brisbane travel route website .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Airlie Beach to Brisbane takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and flight; or drive. Traveling from Airlie Beach in May, expect slightly colder with lows of 15°C in Brisbane. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Brisbane

Museums Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Pine Rivers Heritage Museum, TAVAS Aviation Museum
Find places to stay May 6 — 10:
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South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Queensland Art Gallery ©
Queensland Art Gallery

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