21 days in Australia Itinerary

21 days in Australia Itinerary

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21 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Manchester
Fly:  25 h
1
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly:  3 h 30 min
2
Melbourne
— 3 nights
Fly:  4 h 45 min
3
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 3 nights
Fly:  4 h 45 min
4
Cairns
— 2 nights
Bus:  1 h 15 min
5
Port Douglas
— 4 nights
Shuttle + Fly:  6 h
6
Brisbane
— 2 nights
Fly:  26 h
End: Manchester

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.
Sydney is known for nightlife, shopping, and beaches. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: listen to music at Sydney Opera House, take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Bondi Beach.

For other places to visit, reviews, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Sydney tour itinerary planner.

Manchester, UK to Sydney is an approximately 25-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Manchester to Sydney, you'll lose 10 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Manchester in September, expect nights in Sydney to be about the same, around 14°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

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
Melbourne

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, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Melbourne Zoo, and have some family-friendly fun at Zero Latency.

For traveler tips, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Melbourne trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Melbourne takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Sydney in September: high temperatures in Melbourne hover around 20°C and lows are around 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Museums Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
Zero Latency ©
Zero Latency
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum

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, and outdoors. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire all the interesting features of Uluru, get outside with Walpa Gorge, admire the verdant scenery at Valley of the Winds, and explore the activities along Mutitjulu Waterhole.

To see traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park attractions planner.

You can fly from Melbourne to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Melbourne in September; daily highs in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park reach 33°C and lows reach 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Museums
Highlights from your plan
Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga ©
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga
Lungkata Walk ©
Lungkata Walk

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.
On the 12th (Sat), stroll around Anzac Park, then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then get interesting insight from Tours. Here are some ideas for day two: browse the collection at Cairns Library, take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Gardens, then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Blue Sky Brewery, then stop by Fujii Store, and finally hike along Esplanade Boardwalk.

To find more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read Cairns trip planning website .

Traveling by flight from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Cairns takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in September, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Cairns, with lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to take a bus to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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.
Explore Port Douglas' surroundings by going to Cape Tribulation (Marrdja Botanical Walk & Cape Trib Farm), Daintree Entomological museum (in Diwan) and Daintree Tea (in Daintree). Next up on the itinerary: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, get outside with Horses in Port, take some stellar pictures from Walu Wugirriga Lookout, and identify plant and animal life at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures.

To find traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Port Douglas trip planner.

You can take a bus from Cairns to Port Douglas in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. September in Port Douglas sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Cape Tribulation, Walu Wugirriga Lookout, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, Daintree Tea
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Safaris

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.
Brisbane is known for parks, wildlife, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: walk around South Bank Parklands, explore the activities along The Brisbane River, look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, and take in nature's colorful creations at Roma Street Parkland.

To find more things to do, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Brisbane trip planner.

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Port Douglas to Brisbane in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and bus; or drive. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Port Douglas in September; daily highs in Brisbane reach 28°C and lows reach 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Wildlife Nature
Highlights from your plan
South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Mount Coot-tha Lookout ©
Mount Coot-tha Lookout

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