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
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
2
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
shuttle + Fly:  5​h 30​min
3
Alice Springs
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
4
Adelaide
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
5
Kangaroo Island
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + bus + train:  5​h
6
Bendigo
— 1 day
+2
train + bus + Fly:  5​h 45​min
7
Hobart
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h 15​min
8
Canberra
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
9
Sydney
— 2 nights
Fly:  24​h
End: London

2
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.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read our Cairns day trip site .

London, UK to Cairns is an approximately 23.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from London to Cairns is 10 hours. Prepare for much warmer weather when traveling from London in April: high temperatures in Cairns hover around 34°C and lows are around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Herberton
Find places to stay Apr 26 — 28:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Historic Village Herberton ©
Historic Village Herberton
Spy & Camera Museum ©
Spy & Camera Museum

2
nights
Port Douglas

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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Mon): explore the gorgeous colors at Agincourt Reef and then identify plant and animal life at Mossman Gorge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Tue): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see ratings, photos, maps, and tourist information, use the Port Douglas online trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by car from Cairns to Port Douglas takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. In April in Port Douglas, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 25°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) early enough to travel to Alice Springs.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

Mossman Gorge Centre
Find places to stay Apr 28 — 30:
Highlights from your plan
Mossman Gorge Centre ©
Mossman Gorge Centre
Scuba & Snorkeling
Agincourt Reef ©
Agincourt Reef

2
nights
Alice Springs

Alice Springs ©
Situated right in the heart of Australia, Alice Springs serves as an urban oasis deep within the country’s parched, desert-like Red Center.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Wed): identify plant and animal life at Alice Springs Desert Park, get interesting insight from Tours, and then explore the galleries of Talapi. On your second day here, identify plant and animal life at Alice Springs Reptile Centre, then get great views at Anzac Hill, and then steep yourself in history at Alice Springs Telegraph Station Historical Reserve.

To see maps, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Alice Springs trip planner .

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Port Douglas to Alice Springs in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. Traveling from Port Douglas in April, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Alice Springs, with lows of 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) to allow time to travel to Adelaide.

Things to do in Alice Springs

Parks Wildlife Tours
Find places to stay Apr 30 — May 2:
Highlights from your plan
Alice Springs Desert Park ©
Alice Springs Desert Park
Alice Springs Reptile Centre ©
Alice Springs Reptile Centre

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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): steep yourself in history at Carrick Hill, identify plant and animal life at Cleland Wildlife Park, and then contemplate the long history of Johnston Oakbank Cellar Door. Keep things going the next day: hunt for treasures at Adelaide Central Market, then contemplate the long history of Adelaide Oval, then learn more about the world around you at South Australian Museum, and finally admire the masterpieces at Art Gallery of South Australia.

For reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Adelaide trip itinerary builder site .

Traveling by flight from Alice Springs to Adelaide takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Alice Springs, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Adelaide, ranging from highs of 22°C to lows of 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to travel to Kangaroo Island.

Things to do in Adelaide

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Cleland Wildlife Park, Johnston Oakbank Cellar Door
Find places to stay May 2 — 4:
Highlights from your plan
Cleland Wildlife Park ©
Cleland Wildlife Park
Carrick Hill ©
Carrick Hill
Art Gallery of South Australia ©
Art Gallery of South Australia

2
nights
Kangaroo Island

Kangaroo Island ©
Abandoned by Aborigines a few thousand years ago, Kangaroo Island attracts over 140,000 visitors each year.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sun): identify plant and animal life at Raptor Domain and then identify plant and animal life at Seal Bay Conservation Park. On your second day here, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Flinders Chase National Park.

To see maps, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read Kangaroo Island trip builder .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Adelaide to Kangaroo Island in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus, car, and ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to travel to Bendigo.

Things to do in Kangaroo Island

Parks Wildlife Nature
Find places to stay May 4 — 6:
Highlights from your plan
Raptor Domain ©
Raptor Domain
Seal Bay Conservation Park ©
Seal Bay Conservation Park
Flinders Chase National Park ©
Flinders Chase National Park

1
day
Bendigo

Bendigo ©
The architect Vahland had designs to make Bendigo a "Vienna of the south" by encouraging European artisans to immigrate to the city.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Tue): admire all the interesting features of Rosalind Park, then admire the masterpieces at Bendigo Art Gallery, then examine the collection at Golden Dragon Museum, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Kilian's Church.

For traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Bendigo trip planner .

Traveling by combination of taxi, flight, and train from Kangaroo Island to Bendigo takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of car, ferry, and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Hobart.

Things to do in Bendigo

Museums Historic Sites Parks
Find places to stay May 6 — 7:
Highlights from your plan
Bendigo Art Gallery ©
Bendigo Art Gallery
Golden Dragon Museum ©
Golden Dragon Museum
Rosalind Park ©
Rosalind Park

1
night
Hobart

Hobart ©
Snaking up the side of a rounded, tree-dotted hill, Hobart sits between Tasmania’s sprawling mountains and the vast estuary of the River Derwent.
On the 8th (Wed), take in the views from Richmond Bridge, take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens, then steep yourself in history at Cascades Female Factory Historic Site, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Battery Point Sculpture Trail. On the 9th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: identify plant and animal life at Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary, steep yourself in history at Hobart Convict Penitentiary, then get curious at Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, then examine the collection at Mawson's Hut Replica Museum, and finally take a leisurely stroll along Constitution Dock.

To see other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Hobart route planning app .

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Bendigo to Hobart takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, ferry, and bus. In May, daytime highs in Hobart are 18°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can travel to Canberra.

Things to do in Hobart

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Richmond Bridge
Find places to stay May 7 — 9:
Highlights from your plan
Battery Point Sculpture Trail ©
Battery Point Sculpture Trail
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary
Hobart Convict Penitentiary ©
Hobart Convict Penitentiary

2
nights
Canberra

Canberra ©
A planned city with streets laid out in elaborate, geometric patterns and founded specifically to serve as the capital of the emerging Australian state, Canberra has a self-sufficient atmosphere.
Explore hidden gems such as National Gallery of Australia and Old Parliament House. Let the collections at National Portrait Gallery and Scott Leggo Gallery capture your imagination. There's lots more to do: get curious at Questacon, get engrossed in the history at National Museum of Australia, don't miss a visit to Mount Ainslie Lookout, and explore the activities along Lake Burley Griffin.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read our Canberra road trip tool .

You can fly from Hobart to Canberra in 6.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Hobart in May, plan for little chillier nights in Canberra, with lows around 2°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Sydney.

Things to do in Canberra

Museums Childrens Museums Nature
Find places to stay May 9 — 12:
Highlights from your plan
National Portrait Gallery ©
National Portrait Gallery
Old Parliament House ©
Old Parliament House
Australian War Memorial ©
Australian War Memorial

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Mon): admire the natural beauty at The Royal Botanic Garden, then catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, then explore the world behind art at Art Gallery of New South Wales, and finally wander the streets of The Rocks. Keep things going the next day: stroll through Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, then take a stroll through Darling Harbour, and then take in the views from Sydney Harbour Bridge.

To find where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Sydney road trip tool .

You can drive from Canberra to Sydney in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Canberra in May; daily highs in Sydney reach 24°C and lows reach 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Neighborhoods Parks Historic Sites
Find places to stay May 12 — 14:
Highlights from your plan
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Art Gallery of New South Wales ©
Art Gallery of New South Wales
The Rocks ©
The Rocks

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