21 days in Australia Itinerary

21 days in Australia Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Sydney
— 2 nights
2
Port Macquarie
— 1 night
3
Gold Coast
— 2 nights
4
Cairns
— 2 nights
5
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 2 nights
6
Albany
— 1 night
7
Margaret River
— 2 nights
8
Kangaroo Island
— 1 night
9
Port Campbell
— 1 night
10
Hobart
— 2 nights

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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 get in some beach time at Bondi Beach and Manly Beach. Do some cultural sightseeing at Sydney Opera House and The Rocks. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Sydney: Blue Mountains (in Katoomba), Featherdale Sydney Wildlife Park (in Blacktown) and Wentworth Falls (in Wentworth Falls). There's much more to do: hike along Bondi to Coogee Walk, take in the pleasant sights at The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk, examine the collection at Australian National Maritime Museum, and take a stroll through Darling Harbour.

To see reviews, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Sydney trip maker.

The Route module shows you all the different ways you can get to Sydney. In December, daytime highs in Sydney are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to travel to Port Macquarie.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Blue Mountains, Featherdale Sydney Wildlife Park, Wentworth Falls, Bondi to Coogee Walk
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Featherdale Sydney Wildlife Park ©
Featherdale Sydney Wildlife Park
Blue Mountains ©
Blue Mountains

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Port Macquarie

Port Macquarie ©
Known for its numerous beaches and resident koala population, Port Macquarie offers visitors a welcoming environment in which to unwind.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Fri): visit a coastal fixture at Tacking Point Lighthouse, identify plant and animal life at Koala Hospital, hike along Coastal walk, thenmake a trip to Breakwall Waking Path, and finally get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To see maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Port Macquarie trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Port Macquarie takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Sydney in December, plan for slightly colder days in Port Macquarie, with highs around °C, while nights are about the same with lows around °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Port Macquarie

Outdoors Parks Wildlife
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Koala Hospital ©
Koala Hospital
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Coastal walk ©
Coastal walk

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sat): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Burleigh Head National Park, enjoy the sand and surf at Greenmount Beach, thenenjoy the sand and surf at Coolangatta Beach, thenenjoy the sand and surf at Kirra Beach, and finally kick back and relax at Burleigh Heads Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Sun): kick back and relax at Kurrawa Beach, browse the different shops at Harbour Town Premium Outlets, thentake in panoramic vistas at SkyPoint Climb, and finally browse the exhibits of Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre.

For maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Gold Coast driving holiday site.

Traveling by flight from Port Macquarie to Gold Coast takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Port Macquarie, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Gold Coast, ranging from highs of °C to lows of °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre
Find places to stay Dec 27 — 29:
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Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park
Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Coolangatta Beach ©
Coolangatta Beach

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at Palm Cove Beach, thenget a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports. On the 31st (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: browse the exhibits of Bones and Jones, identify plant and animal life at Atherton Tablelands, thenidentify plant and animal life at Birdworld Kuranda, thenidentify plant and animal life at Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Trinity Beach.

To see more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Cairns trip builder app.

Getting from Gold Coast to Cairns by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. In December, Cairns is somewhat warmer than Gold Coast - with highs of °C and lows of °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Kuranda, Trinity Beach, Palm Cove Beach
Find places to stay Dec 29 — 31:
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Scuba & Snorkeling
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach

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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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Wed): view the masterpieces at Walkatjara Art, get your bearings at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, explore the striking landscape at Walpa Gorge, thenexplore the striking landscape at Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga, and finally admire the verdant scenery at Valley of the Winds. Keep things going the next day: take in the pleasant sights at Lungkata Walk, contemplate the waterfront views at Mutitjulu Waterhole, look for all kinds of wild species at Kuniya Walk, thentake in the dramatic natural features at Uluru, and finally trek along Uluru Hiking Path.

To see more things to do, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Cairns to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) to Australian Central Standard Time (ACST) is minus 0.5 hours. While traveling from Cairns, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, ranging from highs of °C to lows of °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to travel to Albany.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Museums
Find places to stay Dec 31 — Jan 2:
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Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga ©
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga
Valley of the Winds ©
Valley of the Winds
Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre ©
Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre

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Albany

Albany ©
Founded as a military outpost in 1826, Albany is the oldest town in Western Australia, just barely gaining this title by being settled two years earlier than Fremantle and Perth.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): take in the dramatic natural features at The Gap and Natural Bridge, see the interesting displays at National Anzac Centre, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Greens Pool. On the 4th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get engrossed in the history at Albany's Historic Whaling Station, enjoy the sand and surf at Middleton Beach, thenkick back and relax at Little Beach, and finally stroll through Emu Point.

To see where to stay, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Albany online visit planner.

Getting from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Albany by flight takes about 11 hours. Other options: drive. The time zone changes from Australian Central Standard Time to Australian Western Standard Time, which is usually a -1.5 hour difference. When traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in January, plan for colder days in Albany, with highs around °C, while nights are little chillier with lows around °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can go by car to Margaret River.

Things to do in Albany

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Greens Pool
Find places to stay Jan 2 — 4:
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Greens Pool ©
Greens Pool
Albany's Historic Whaling Station ©
Albany's Historic Whaling Station
Little Beach ©
Little Beach

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Margaret River

Margaret River ©
A low-rise, laid-back town of approximately 4,500 inhabitants, Margaret River serves as an ideal local base to explore the surrounding wine region.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sun): explore the fascinating underground world of Lake Cave, kick back and relax at Hamelin Bay, thenHead underground at Jewel Cave, thenvisit a coastal fixture at Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse, and finally paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the fascinating underground world of Mammoth Cave, explore the striking landscape at Canal Rocks, thentour the pleasant surroundings at Meelup Beach, thenHead underground at Ngilgi Cave, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Sunflowers Animal Farm.

To see maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Margaret River tour itinerary site.

You can drive from Albany to Margaret River in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Kangaroo Island.

Things to do in Margaret River

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Yallingup, Augusta, Meelup Beach
Find places to stay Jan 4 — 6:
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Hamelin Bay ©
Hamelin Bay
Meelup Beach ©
Meelup Beach
Lake Cave ©
Lake Cave

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Kangaroo Island

Kangaroo Island ©
Abandoned by Aborigines a few thousand years ago, Kangaroo Island attracts over 140,000 visitors each year.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Tue): identify plant and animal life at Raptor Domain, identify plant and animal life at Seal Bay Conservation Park, and then identify plant and animal life at Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary. On your second day here, stroll through Stokes Beach, look for all kinds of wild species at Paul's Place Wildlife Sanctuary, and then see Off-Road Tours.

For other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, use the Kangaroo Island planner.

Getting from Margaret River to Kangaroo Island by flight takes about 25 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. The time zone changes from Australian Western Standard Time to Australian Central Standard Time, which is usually a 1.5 hour difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to travel to Port Campbell.

Things to do in Kangaroo Island

Wildlife Parks Outdoors
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Raptor Domain ©
Raptor Domain
Seal Bay Conservation Park ©
Seal Bay Conservation Park
Off-Road Tours

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Port Campbell

Port Campbell ©
Port Campbell is a coastal town in Victoria, Australia. Kick off your visit on the 9th (Thu): make a trip to The Grotto, thenexplore the striking landscape at London Bridge, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Twelve Apostles. On your second day here, revel in the low prices at Apostle Whey Cheese, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Port Campbell National Park, thenget great views at Loch Ard Gorge, and finally explore and take pictures at Gibsons Steps.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Port Campbell vacation builder website.

Getting from Kangaroo Island to Port Campbell by car takes about 11 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of taxi and bus. The time zone changes from Australian Central Standard Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a 0.5 hour difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can travel to Hobart.

Things to do in Port Campbell

Parks Nature Wildlife
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London Bridge ©
London Bridge
Port Campbell National Park ©
Port Campbell National Park
Loch Ard Gorge ©
Loch Ard Gorge

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Hobart

Hobart ©
Snaking up the side of a rounded, tree-dotted hill, Hobart sits between Tasmania’s sprawling mountains and the vast estuary of the River Derwent.
Get outdoors at Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary and Tasmanian Devil Unzoo. Explore hidden gems such as Battery Point Sculpture Trail and Richmond Gaol. Go for a jaunt from Hobart to Bruny Island to see The Neck about 1h 25 min away. There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Hobart Convict Penitentiary, pick up some local products at Farm Gate Market, take some stellar pictures from Constitution Dock, and admire the masterpieces at Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read Hobart day trip website.

You can do a combination of bus, train, and flight from Port Campbell to Hobart in 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus, train, and ferry. In January, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Hobart

Wildlife Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Richmond Gaol, Tasmanian Devil Unzoo, Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary, The Neck
Find places to stay Jan 10 — 13:
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Hobart Convict Penitentiary ©
Hobart Convict Penitentiary
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary
Dolphin & Whale Watching

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