21 days in Australia Itinerary

21 days in Australia Itinerary

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21 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Sydney
1
Sydney
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Newcastle
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
3
Coffs Harbour
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
4
Gold Coast
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h
5
Brisbane
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  8​h
6
Fraser Island
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  16​h 30​min
7
Airlie Beach
— 2 nights
Drive:  8​h
8
Cairns
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h
9
Melbourne
— 2 nights
End: Melbourne

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.
Visit Bondi Beach and Manly Beach for some beach relaxation. Take a break from Sydney with a short trip to Wentworth Falls in Katoomba, about 1h 30 min away. There's much more to do: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, take in nature's colorful creations at The Royal Botanic Garden, get to know the fascinating history of The Rocks, and take a stroll through Darling Harbour.

To find reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Sydney online sightseeing planner .

If you are flying in from Finland, the closest major airport is Sydney Kingsford Smith International Airport. In March, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to drive to Newcastle.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Wentworth Falls
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Manly Beach
Manly Beach
Wentworth Falls ©
Wentworth Falls

1
night
Newcastle

Newcastle ©
While Newcastle is known for its coal exports, it's also made a name for itself with a cultural boom.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Wed): learn about winemaking at Hanging Tree Wines and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Caves Beach. Keep things going the next day: admire all the interesting features of Fort Scratchley, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Newcastle Beach, and then stroll through Redhead Beach.

To find maps, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Newcastle tour planner.

You can drive from Sydney to Newcastle in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In March in Newcastle, expect temperatures between 31°C during the day and 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can drive to Coffs Harbour.

Things to do in Newcastle

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Caves Beach, Hanging Tree Wines, Redhead Beach
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Caves Beach ©
Caves Beach
Redhead Beach ©
Redhead Beach
Newcastle Beach ©
Newcastle Beach

1
night
Coffs Harbour

Coffs Harbour ©
Nestled between the mountains and the ocean, Coffs Harbour is one of the larger cities in New South Wales.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Fri): learn about winemaking at Two Tails Wines, identify plant and animal life at Korora Lookout, then stroll through Diggers beach, and finally explore the landscape on two wheels at Coffs Creek Walk and Cycleway.

For other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, use the Coffs Harbour online route planner .

Traveling by car from Newcastle to Coffs Harbour takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or fly. In March in Coffs Harbour, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 21°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Coffs Harbour

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Two Tails Wines
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Korora Lookout ©
Korora Lookout
Diggers Beach ©
Diggers Beach
Two Tails Wines ©
Two Tails Wines

3
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Gold Coast

Gold Coast ©
A city of towering skyscrapers, sandy beaches, and tree-lined streets, Gold Coast has an unpretentious air complemented by a citywide focus on sports and the arts.
Step out of the city life by going to Kirra Beach and Natural Bridge. Visit Burleigh Head National Park and Kurrawa Beach for some beach relaxation. There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Surfer's Paradise Beach, contemplate the waterfront views at Black Swan Lake, and explore the world behind art at Watling Fine Art Galleries & Burleigh Framing.

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Traveling by car from Coffs Harbour to Gold Coast takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in March, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Brisbane.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Beaches Nature
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Kirra Beach ©
Kirra Beach
Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park
Kurrawa Beach ©
Kurrawa Beach

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Tue): kick back and relax at Dicky Beach, don't miss a visit to City Hall, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Moffat Beach. On the 20th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary and then take a stroll through West End.

For photos, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Brisbane trip itinerary planning website .

Traveling by car from Gold Coast to Brisbane takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. March in Brisbane sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 23°C at night. On the 21st (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Caloundra
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Dicky Beach ©
Dicky Beach
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Moffat Beach ©
Moffat Beach

2
nights
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
On the 22nd (Fri), contemplate the waterfront views at Wanggoolba Creek and then explore the activities along Lake McKenzie.

To see traveler tips, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Fraser Island online tour itinerary maker .

Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Brisbane to Fraser Island takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, car, and ferry; or do a combination of bus, car, and ferry. In March, daily temperatures in Fraser Island can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Sat) to allow time for travel to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Nature Parks Beaches
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Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie
Eli Creek ©
Eli Creek
Wanggoolba Creek ©
Wanggoolba Creek

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.
You'll get in some beach time at Grays Bay and Boathaven Beach. Discover out-of-the-way places like Whitsunday Great Walk and Colour Me Crazy. Step out of Airlie Beach with an excursion to Mother Beddock Rock in Bowen--about 1h 20 min away. Spend the 24th (Sun) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Airlie Beach day trip tool .

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Fraser Island to Airlie Beach in 16.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, ferry, and bus. Traveling from Fraser Island in March, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Airlie Beach, with lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Bowen, Colour Me Crazy
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Whitsunday Great Walk ©
Whitsunday Great Walk
Mother Beddock Rock ©
Mother Beddock Rock

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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 27th (Wed): take the plunge with a skydiving experience and then admire the sheer force of Josephine Falls.

To see traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Cairns travel itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of ferry and flight from Airlie Beach to Cairns in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. March in Cairns sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 27°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Cairns

Tours Adventure Nature
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Skydiving
Josephine Falls ©
Josephine Falls

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nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
On the 28th (Thu), take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck 88 and then kick back and relax at Brighton Beach. Keep things going the next day: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens and then look for all kinds of wild species at Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park.

To find ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Melbourne trip planning app .

Traveling by flight from Cairns to Melbourne takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Cairns in March, things will get little chillier in Melbourne: highs are around 30°C and lows about 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Beaches

Side Trips

Brighton Beach, Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park
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Brighton Beach ©
Brighton Beach
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens

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