21 days in Australia Itinerary

21 days in Australia Itinerary

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21 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Zurich
Fly:  22​h 45​min
1
Cairns
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
2
Port Douglas
— 3 nights
shuttle + Fly:  7​h 30​min
3
Lord Howe Island
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 30​min
4
Sydney
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
5
Melbourne
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
6
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 3 nights
Fly:  30​h
End: Zurich

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.
Visiting Scuba & Snorkeling and River Rafting & Tubing will get you outdoors. Step out of Cairns with an excursion to Palm Cove Beach in Palm Cove--about 32 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, admire all the interesting features of The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk, and hike along Esplanade Boardwalk.

To see where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read Cairns road trip planning tool .

Zurich, Switzerland to Cairns is an approximately 23-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train, bus, and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Zurich to Cairns is 9 hours. Expect much warmer temperatures when traveling from Zurich in February; daily highs in Cairns reach 36°C and lows reach 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to take a bus to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

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

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Scuba & Snorkeling and Myall Beach. Daintree Entomological museum and Ngarru Gallery are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Go for a jaunt from Port Douglas to Thornton Beach to see Thornton Beach about 54 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, see the vivid underwater world at Opal Reef, stop by Moonglow Jewellery, and explore and take pictures at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures.

For traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read our Port Douglas journey planner .

You can take a bus from Cairns to Port Douglas in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in February, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can travel to Lord Howe Island.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Cape Tribulation, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Highlights from your plan
Safaris
Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

1
night
Lord Howe Island

Lord Howe Island ©
Bursting out of the Tasman Sea, Lord Howe Island offers stunning scenery and many sandy beaches.
On the 10th (Mon), enjoy the sand and surf at Lagoon Beach and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Lord Howe Island Walking Trails. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at Lord Howe Island Museum, stroll through Ned's Beach, and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Lord Howe Island trip itinerary builder app .

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Port Douglas to Lord Howe Island takes 7.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Lord Howe Island

Outdoors Parks 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 explore and learn at Australian National Maritime Museum and Art Gallery of New South Wales. Get in touch with nature at Manly Beach and Bondi Beach. The adventure continues: wander the streets of Darling Harbour, catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, hike along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, and stop by Sydney Fish Market.

To plan Sydney vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

Traveling by flight from Lord Howe Island to Sydney takes 3.5 hours. In February, plan for daily highs up to 31°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk

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.
Shop till you drop at Melbourne Central and Federation Square. Visit Shrine of Remembrance and Old Melbourne Gaol for their historical value. The adventure continues: examine the collection at Melbourne Museum, take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Victoria, and get to know the resident critters at Melbourne Zoo.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Melbourne vacation planner .

You can fly from Sydney to Melbourne in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Sydney in February, expect a bit cooler with lows of 16°C in Melbourne. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums Parks Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum
Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance
National Gallery of Victoria ©
National Gallery of Victoria

3
nights
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park ©
For quintessential Outback scenery and culture, you can't beat a holiday in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, a World Heritage Site.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Walkatjara Art and Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre. Step out of the city life by going to Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga and Uluru. Next up on the itinerary: admire the verdant scenery at Valley of the Winds, hike along Uluru Hiking Path, contemplate the waterfront views at Mutitjulu Waterhole, and make a trip to Field of Light.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park holiday planner.

You can fly from Melbourne to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In February, Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is a bit warmer than Melbourne - with highs of 43°C and lows of 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Walkatjara Art ©
Walkatjara Art
Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga ©
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga

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