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
+4
shuttle + Fly + Drive + ferry + Drive:  11​h 15​min
3
Fraser Island
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  16​h 30​min
4
Airlie Beach
— 2 nights
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  8​h 15​min
5
Adelaide
— 2 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.
Visiting Scuba & Snorkeling and River Rafting & Tubing will get you outdoors. Bring the kids along to Palm Cove Beach and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Change things up with a short trip to Village Gallery in Palm Cove (about 36 minutes away). There's still lots to do: trek along Esplanade Boardwalk, take in the exciting artwork at Bones and Jones, don't miss a visit to Freshwater Station, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Monica's Cathedral.

To see photos, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Cairns route builder site .

London, UK to Cairns is an approximately 23.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) (AEST) is 10 hours. Expect much hotter temperatures when traveling from London in December; daily highs in Cairns reach 36°C and lows reach 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Palm Cove
Find places to stay Dec 16 — 20:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Nature & Wildlife Tours
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.
Attractions like Scuba & Snorkeling and Hartley's Crocodile Adventures make great kid-friendly stops. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Des Spencer Galleries and Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery. Spend the 22nd (Sun) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Four Mile Beach, look for gifts at With Sugar, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas.

To find traveler tips, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Port Douglas journey planner .

Getting from Cairns to Port Douglas by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a shuttle. In December, daytime highs in Port Douglas are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

3
nights
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
Relax by the water at Seventy-Five Mile Beach and Indian Head. Take a break from the city and head to Sandy Cape Lighthouse and Lake McKenzie.

For maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Fraser Island online vacation planner .

You can do a combination of shuttle, flight, car, and ferry from Port Douglas to Fraser Island in 11.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus, train, car, and ferry; or do a combination of bus, car, and ferry. Traveling from Port Douglas in December, expect a bit cooler with lows of 23°C in Fraser Island. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can travel to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Sandy Cape Lighthouse ©
Sandy Cape Lighthouse
Seventy-Five Mile Beach ©
Seventy-Five Mile Beach
Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie

2
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Scuba & Snorkeling and Airlie Beach Lagoon. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Above & Below Photography and Art Whitsunday Gallery & Shop. On the 30th (Mon), spend a thrilling day on the water with a speed boat tour. Next up on the itinerary: zoom along the surf with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure.

To find where to stay, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Airlie Beach trip itinerary builder website .

Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Fraser Island to Airlie Beach takes 16.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, ferry, and bus. Traveling from Fraser Island in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Airlie Beach, with lows of 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can travel to Adelaide.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

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

2
nights
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.
Adelaide Oval and ISKCON Adelaide will appeal to history buffs. South Australian Museum and Fox Creek Wines are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Adelaide: Tanunda (Langmeil Winery & Rusden Wines), Murray Street Vineyards (in Greenock) and The Cedars (in Hahndorf). There's much more to do: explore the world behind art at Art Gallery of South Australia, do a tasting at National Wine Centre of Australia, and take an in-depth tour of Migration Museum.

To find where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Adelaide trip itinerary planner.

Do a combination of bus and flight from Airlie Beach to Adelaide in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and flight; or drive. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Airlie Beach in January since evenings lows in Adelaide dip to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Adelaide

Wineries Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

McLaren Vale, Tanunda, Murray Street Vineyards, The Cedars, ISKCON Adelaide
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Murray Street Vineyards ©
Murray Street Vineyards
Adelaide Oval ©
Adelaide Oval
Langmeil Winery ©
Langmeil Winery

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