21 days in Australia Itinerary

21 days in Australia Itinerary

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21 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Jeddah
Fly:  20​h
1
Melbourne
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Sydney
— 5 nights
Fly + shuttle:  6​h 45​min
3
Port Douglas
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
4
Cairns
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
5
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 3 nights
Fly:  9​h 15​min
6
Perth
— 1 night
Fly:  18​h 30​min
End: Jeddah

3
nights
Melbourne

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Melbourne is known for museums, shopping, nightlife, parks, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, get to know the resident critters at Melbourne Zoo, and pause for some photo ops at Shrine of Remembrance.

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

Jeddah, Saudi Arabia to Melbourne is an approximately 20-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference moving from Arabia Standard Time (AST) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Victoria) (AEST) is 7 hours. Expect colder temperatures when traveling from Jeddah in October; daily highs in Melbourne reach 24°C and lows reach 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Tours Parks Museums
Highlights from your plan
Balloon Rides
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum

5
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.
Step out of Sydney with an excursion to Wentworth Falls in Wentworth Falls--about 1h 30 min away. Next up on the itinerary: enjoy some music at Sydney Opera House, take in the views from Sydney Harbour Bridge, take a stroll through Darling Harbour, and get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium.

To find reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Sydney trip planner.

Getting from Melbourne to Sydney by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Melbourne in October; daily highs in Sydney reach 28°C and lows reach 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Wentworth Falls
Highlights from your plan
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge

3
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.
Port Douglas is known for wildlife, adventure, beaches, zoos & aquariums, and spas. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, get to know the resident critters at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, look for all kinds of wild species at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, and do a tasting at Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery.

For photos, maps, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Port Douglas trip planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Sydney to Port Douglas takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Sydney in October; daily highs in Port Douglas reach 34°C and lows reach 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can take a bus to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Safaris

3
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.
Take a break from Cairns with a short trip to Spas in Palm Cove, about 34 minutes away. There's lots more to do: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, see Off-Road Tours, explore and take pictures at The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk, and take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Gardens.

To see reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Cairns travel route planner .

Getting from Port Douglas to Cairns by bus takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in October, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk, Spas
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk
Nature & Wildlife Tours

3
nights
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park ©
Please note that visitors are no longer allowed to trek up Uluru.

Located right in the center of Australia, the national park boasts perhaps the country's most iconic natural symbol and a sacred place for the region's indigenous people--as well as Kata Tjuta, a collection of 36 red rocks forming an equally distinctive sight.
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is known for nature, museums, outdoors, trails, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Uluru, tour the pleasant surroundings at Kuniya Walk, take in the pleasant sights at Field of Light, and explore the activities along Mutitjulu Waterhole.

To find other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip builder app .

Fly from Cairns to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Cairns in October: highs in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park hover around 38°C, while lows dip to 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can travel to Perth.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga ©
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga
Valley of the Winds ©
Valley of the Winds

1
night
Perth

Perth ©
A modern metropolis of glassy skyscrapers, waterside boulevards, and lush residential neighborhoods, Perth sits on the edge of the Swan Coastal Plain.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Tue): take in nature's colorful creations at Kings Park and Botanic Garden and then steep yourself in history at The Perth Mint.

To see where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read our Perth trip planner .

You can fly from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Perth in 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. The time zone changes from Australian Central Standard Time (Northern Territory) to Australian Western Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in October; daily highs in Perth reach 28°C and lows reach 12°C. On the 21st (Wed), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Perth

Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Kings Park and Botanic Garden ©
Kings Park and Botanic Garden
The Perth Mint ©
The Perth Mint

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