21 days in Australia Itinerary

21 days in Australia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Australia journey planner

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Lord Howe Island
— 1 night
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Cairns
— 2 nights
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Port Douglas
— 4 nights
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Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 3 nights
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Melbourne
— 4 nights
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Sydney
— 6 nights

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Lord Howe Island

— 1 night
Bursting out of the Tasman Sea, Lord Howe Island offers stunning scenery and many sandy beaches.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Fri): learn more about the world around you at Lord Howe Island Museum, kick back and relax at Lagoon Beach, and then kick back and relax at Ned's Beach. Keep things going the next day: trek along Lord Howe Island Walking Trails, tee off at Lord Howe Island Golf Club, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt Gower.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, use the Lord Howe Island trip app.

Sydney to Lord Howe Island is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You'll lose 0.5 hours traveling from Sydney to Lord Howe Island due to the time zone difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Lord Howe Island

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Golf
Find places to stay May 21 — 22:

Cairns

— 2 nights

The Gateway to the Great Barrier Reef

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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Mon): stroll through Esplanade Boardwalk, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Palm Cove Beach.

To see ratings, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Cairns driving holiday planning app.

Getting from Lord Howe Island to Cairns by flight takes about 6.5 hours. The time zone changes from Lord Howe Standard Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a -0.5 hour difference. In May, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 22 — 24:

Port Douglas

— 4 nights
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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Scuba & Snorkeling and Mossman Gorge Centre. There's much more to do: meet the residents at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, take some stellar pictures from Flagstaff Hill Lookout, tee off at Palmer Sea Reef Golf Course and Restaurant, and see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour.

To find reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Port Douglas online 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 May, daytime highs in Port Douglas are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 24 — 28:

Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

— 3 nights
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.
Family-friendly places like Uluru and Walpa Gorge will thrill your kids. There's still lots to do: take in the awesome beauty at Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga, explore the activities along Mutitjulu Waterhole, stroll through Kuniya Walk, and take in the pleasant sights at Lungkata Walk.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip itinerary builder app.

You can fly from Port Douglas to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) to Australian Central Standard Time (ACST), which is usually a -0.5 hour difference. Traveling from Port Douglas in May, things will get slightly colder in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park: highs are around 28°C and lows about 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks · Nature · Museums · Trails
Find places to stay May 28 — 31:

Melbourne

— 4 nights

Australia's Garden City

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 Royal Botanic Gardens and Melbourne Zoo. There's much more to do: examine the collection at Melbourne Museum, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, admire the landmark architecture of Royal Exhibition Building, and get engrossed in the history at Immigration Museum.

For other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Melbourne tour planner.

Fly from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Melbourne in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. The time zone changes from Australian Central Standard Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a 0.5 hour difference. In May, Melbourne is a bit cooler than Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park - with highs of 20°C and lows of 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 31 — Jun 4:

Sydney

— 6 nights

The Harbour City

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.
Bring the kids along to Sydney Opera House and Bondi Beach. When in Sydney, make a side trip to see Shelly Beach in Manly, approximately Manly away. And it doesn't end there: hike along Bondi to Coogee Walk, take in the views from Sydney Harbour Bridge, get great views at Pylon Lookout at Sydney Harbour Bridge, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Manly Beach.

For traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Sydney journey planner.

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Sydney takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Melbourne in June: high temperatures in Sydney hover around 21°C and lows are around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks · Outdoors · Museums · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 4 — 10:

Australia travel guide

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Beaches · Gardens · Wildlife Areas
Australia is a country of breathtaking beauty and unforgettable adventure. From coast to coast you’ll find ancient rainforests, towering cities, stunning outback landscapes and white sand beaches. It’s not only the scenery that varies here, but also the lifestyle. Lay back and relax within a coastal paradise, explore the bustling laneways of a lively metropolis, or feed your sense of adventure in the most remote and remarkable pockets of the country. Whether you’re connecting with Aboriginal culture, tasting seafood straight from the ocean, or diving with gentle whale sharks, you’ll discover why there’s nothing like Australia.