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
— 3 nights
shuttle + Fly:  6​h
3
Gold Coast
— 3 nights
+2
train + foot + Fly:  5​h 15​min
4
Lord Howe Island
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
5
Sydney
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
6
Melbourne
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
7
Perth
— 2 nights
Fly:  19​h 45​min
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.
On the 13th (Tue), get to know the resident critters at ZOO TO YOU HQ - Discovery Centre and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Trinity Beach, then stroll through Palm Cove Beach, and then let the kids burn off some steam at Muddy's Playground.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Cairns online journey planner .

London, UK to Cairns is an approximately 23.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) (AEST), which is usually a 10 hour difference. Expect warmer temperatures when traveling from London in October; daily highs in Cairns reach 34°C and lows reach 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can take a bus to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Palm Cove Beach, Trinity Beach
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach

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.
Kids will enjoy Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas and Horseback Riding Tours. Change things up with these side-trips from Port Douglas: Thornton Beach (in Thornton Beach) and Daintree Discovery Centre (in Cow Bay). The adventure continues: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, kick back and relax at Four Mile Beach, and look for gifts at With Sugar.

For more things to do, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Port Douglas trip planner .

You can take a bus from Cairns to Port Douglas in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a shuttle. In October, daily temperatures in Port Douglas can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Thornton Beach, Daintree Discovery Centre
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas ©
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas
Thornton Beach ©
Thornton Beach

3
nights
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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Sea World Theme Park and Warner Bros. Movie World. Take a break from Gold Coast with a short trip to City Botanic Gardens in Brisbane, about 1 hour away. There's still lots to do: make a splash at Dreamworld, enjoy the sand and surf at Burleigh Heads Beach, head outdoors with Pelican Feeding, and find something for the whole family at Infinity Attraction.

For where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Gold Coast trip itinerary website .

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Port Douglas to Gold Coast in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and train; or drive. Traveling from Port Douglas in October, things will get a bit cooler in Gold Coast: highs are around 29°C and lows about 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can travel to Lord Howe Island.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Theme Parks Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

City Botanic Gardens
Highlights from your plan
Sea World Theme Park ©
Sea World Theme Park
Warner Bros. Movie World
Warner Bros. Movie World
Dreamworld ©
Dreamworld

2
nights
Lord Howe Island

Lord Howe Island ©
Bursting out of the Tasman Sea, Lord Howe Island offers stunning scenery and many sandy beaches.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Wed): see the interesting displays at Lord Howe Island Museum, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Lagoon Beach, and then kick back and relax at Ned's Beach. On your second day here, take in the dramatic natural features at Ball's Pyramid, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt Gower, and then trek along Lord Howe Island Walking Trails.

To find photos, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Lord Howe Island attractions site .

You can do a combination of train and flight from Gold Coast to Lord Howe Island in 5.5 hours. Another option is to fly. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Lord Howe Island

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Ned's Beach ©
Ned's Beach
Lagoon Beach ©
Lagoon Beach
Lord Howe Island Walking Trails ©
Lord Howe Island Walking Trails

4
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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Bondi Beach and Australian National Maritime Museum. The adventure continues: get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, take in the views from Sydney Harbour Bridge, kick back and relax at Manly Beach, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk.

For traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read Sydney day trip website .

Getting from Lord Howe Island to Sydney by flight takes about 3.5 hours. In October in Sydney, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Sea Life Sydney Aquarium ©
Sea Life Sydney Aquarium
Manly Beach
Manly Beach

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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Melbourne Zoo and Eureka Skydeck. Step out of Melbourne with an excursion to Werribee Open Range Zoo in Werribee--about 42 minutes away. The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum, make a trip to Flinders Street Station, learn about all things military at Shrine of Remembrance, and contemplate the long history of Old Melbourne Gaol.

To see maps, photos, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Melbourne trip planner .

You can fly from Sydney to Melbourne in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Sydney in October, with highs in Melbourne at 24°C and lows at 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Perth.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Museums

Side Trip

Werribee Open Range Zoo
Highlights from your plan
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo
Werribee Open Range Zoo ©
Werribee Open Range Zoo
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum

2
nights
Perth

Perth ©
A modern metropolis of glassy skyscrapers, waterside boulevards, and lush residential neighborhoods, Perth sits on the edge of the Swan Coastal Plain.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Fri): steep yourself in history at Fremantle Prison, appreciate the history behind State War Memorial, and then admire the natural beauty at Kings Park and Botanic Garden.

To find maps, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Perth travel route planner .

You can fly from Melbourne to Perth in 6.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (Victoria) to Australian Western Standard Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. When traveling from Melbourne in October, plan for a bit warmer days in Perth, with highs around 28°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 12°C. On the 31st (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Perth

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Fremantle Prison
Highlights from your plan
Fremantle Prison ©
Fremantle Prison
Kings Park and Botanic Garden ©
Kings Park and Botanic Garden
State War Memorial ©
State War Memorial

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