21 days in Australia Itinerary

21 days in Australia Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Sydney
— 4 nights
2
Melbourne
— 3 nights
3
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 3 nights
4
Cairns
— 3 nights
5
Port Douglas
— 3 nights
6
Brisbane
— 4 nights

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.
Sydney is known for nightlife, beaches, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, and take in the views from Sydney Harbour Bridge.

To find reviews, photos, maps, and other tourist information, use the Sydney holiday planner.

Auckland, New Zealand to Sydney is an approximately 7-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Auckland to Sydney is minus 2 hours. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Auckland in December: highs in Sydney hover around °C, while lows dip to °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Bondi to Coogee Walk
Find places to stay Dec 26 — 30:
Highlights from your plan
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney ©
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney

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, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, examine the collection at Melbourne Museum, enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck, and soar above the sights with a balloon tour.

For reviews, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Melbourne online sightseeing planner.

Fly from Sydney to Melbourne in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Sydney in December, Melbourne is a bit cooler at night with lows of °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Melbourne

Tours Parks Museums
Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 2:
Highlights from your plan
Balloon Rides
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo

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: explore the striking landscape at Uluru, take in the exciting artwork at Walkatjara Art, take an in-depth tour of Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, and make a trip to Field of Light.

To find maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park online visit planner.

You can fly from Melbourne to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 5 hours. Another option is to drive. Traveling from Melbourne to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, you'll gain 0.5 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Melbourne in January; daily highs in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park reach °C and lows reach °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Museums
Find places to stay Jan 2 — 5:
Highlights from your plan
Uluru ©
Uluru
Lungkata Walk ©
Lungkata Walk
Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre ©
Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cairns: Palm Cove (Spas & Palm Cove Beach). There's much more to do: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, enjoy some diversion at Esplanade Lagoon Pool, pause for some photo ops at Cairns Cenotaph, and relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Cairns online vacation planner.

You can fly from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Cairns in 5 hours. Another option is to drive. The time zone difference moving from Australian Central Standard Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time is 0.5 hours. Traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in January, expect nights in Cairns to be about the same, around °C, while days are a bit cooler, around °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Palm Cove, The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk
Find places to stay Jan 5 — 8:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Spas
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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, and beaches. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, meet the residents at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, stop by With Sugar, and take an exotic tour of a safari tour.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read Port Douglas day trip planner.

Getting from Cairns to Port Douglas by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. In January in Port Douglas, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Mossman Gorge Centre, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Find places to stay Jan 8 — 11:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Safaris

4
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.
Go for a jaunt from Brisbane to Mooloolaba to see SunJet Simulations about 1h 15 min away. There's lots more to do: stroll around South Bank Parklands, explore the world behind art at Queensland Art Gallery, take in nature's colorful creations at Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt. Coot-tha, and get great views at Mount Coot-tha Lookout.

To find ratings, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Brisbane planning tool.

You can fly from Port Douglas to Brisbane in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. When traveling from Port Douglas in January, plan for a bit cooler days in Brisbane, with highs around °C, while nights are about the same with lows around °C. On the 15th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Wildlife Museums

Side Trip

SunJet Simulations
Find places to stay Jan 11 — 15:
Highlights from your plan
South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Roma Street Parkland ©
Roma Street Parkland

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