21 days in Australia & Dubai Itinerary

21 days in Australia & Dubai Itinerary

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21 days in Australia & Dubai Itinerary

Start: London, United Kingdom
Fly:  25​h
1
Sydney, Australia
— 4 nights
Fly + Bus:  4​h 30​min
2
Byron Bay, Australia
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
3
Noosa, Australia
— 3 nights
+2
Bus + Foot + Fly:  6​h 15​min
4
Melbourne, Australia
— 5 nights
Fly:  16​h
5
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
— 3 nights
Fly:  9​h 30​min
End: London, United Kingdom

4
nights
Sydney, Australia

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.
Sydney is known for nightlife, trails, beaches, parks, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see a show at Sydney Opera House, trek along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, take a stroll through The Rocks, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Bondi Beach.

To see maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Sydney holiday builder app .

London, UK to Sydney is an approximately 25-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales), which is usually a 10 hour difference. Prepare for warmer weather when traveling from London in January: high temperatures in Sydney hover around 32°C and lows are around 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Byron Bay.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Bondi to Coogee Walk
Highlights from your plan
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney ©
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney

3
nights
Byron Bay, Australia

Byron Bay ©
Named after Lord Byron's grandfather, Byron Bay is not only famous as the easternmost point of Australia, but even more so as one of the liveliest vacation spots in the country.
Change things up with these side-trips from Byron Bay: Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre (in Murwillumbah) and Watersports Guru (in Kingscliff). Next up on the itinerary: visit a coastal fixture at Cape Byron Lighthouse, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, stroll through Cape Byron Walking Track, and add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

To find photos, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Byron Bay road trip planning site .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Sydney to Byron Bay in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in January, and nighttime lows around 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Brisbane.

Things to do in Byron Bay

Outdoors Adventure Tours

Side Trips

Crystal Castle & Shambhala Gardens, Watersports Guru, Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre
Highlights from your plan
Watersports Guru ©
Watersports Guru
Cape Byron Lighthouse ©
Cape Byron Lighthouse
Cape Byron Walking Track
Cape Byron Walking Track

3
nights
Noosa, Australia

Noosa ©
Known for its "green" development and north-facing beach, Noosa is a natural getaway.
Change things up with these side-trips from Noosa: Artworks in Clay by Anne Gentry-Smith (in Montville), Mooloolaba Beach (in Mooloolaba) and Maleny Botanic Gardens & Bird World (in Maleny). There's much more to do: explore the striking landscape of Noosa National Park, meet the residents at Australia Zoo, enjoy the sand and surf at Noosa Main Beach, and shop like a local with Hastings Street.

To see ratings, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Noosa trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Byron Bay to Noosa takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Noosa

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trips

Artworks in Clay by Anne Gentry-Smith, Australia Zoo, Maleny Botanic Gardens & Bird World, Mooloolaba Beach
Highlights from your plan
Noosa National Park ©
Noosa National Park
Noosa Main Beach ©
Noosa Main Beach
Mooloolaba Beach ©
Mooloolaba Beach

5
nights
Melbourne, Australia

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Go for a jaunt from Melbourne to Torquay to see The Great Ocean Road about 1h 20 min away. The adventure continues: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck, and get to know the resident critters at Melbourne Zoo.

For other places to visit, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Melbourne trip itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Noosa to Melbourne in 6.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In January, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to travel to Dubai.

Things to do in Melbourne

Tours Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

The Great Ocean Road
Highlights from your plan
Balloon Rides
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo

3
nights
Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Dubai ©
Take a holiday in Dubai to experience a mix of excitement, entertainment, and relaxation.
Change things up with these side-trips from Dubai: Abu Dhabi (Heritage Village, Bur Dubai Grand Mosque, & more). Next up on the itinerary: admire the striking features of Burj Khalifa, buy something for everyone on your list at The Dubai Mall, zoom along the surf with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, and get to know the fascinating history of Bastakia Quarter.

To see other places to visit, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read our Dubai visit planner.

You can fly from Melbourne to Dubai in 16 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (Victoria) (AEST) to Gulf Standard Time (GST), which is usually a -6 hour difference. When traveling from Melbourne in January, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Dubai: temperatures range from 28°C by day to 19°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 24th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Dubai

Theme Parks Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trip

Abu Dhabi
Highlights from your plan
Burj Khalifa ©
Burj Khalifa
The Dubai Mall ©
The Dubai Mall
Ferrari World Abu Dhabi ©
Ferrari World Abu Dhabi

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