21 days in Australia Itinerary

21 days in Australia Itinerary

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21 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Sydney
1
Sydney
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Gold Coast
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Noosa
— 2 nights
+4
Train + Foot + Fly + Taxi + Bus:  10​h
4
Airlie Beach
— 1 night
+2
Ferry + Foot + Fly:  4​h 45​min
5
Cairns
— 3 nights
Fly:  10​h 45​min
6
Esperance
— 1 night
Fly + Bus:  8​h 15​min
7
Margaret River
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
8
Albany
— 3 nights
Fly:  9​h
End: Sydney

2
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.
Relax by the water at Bondi Beach and Manly Beach. The adventure continues: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, kick back and relax at Clovelly Beach, snap pictures at Sydney Harbour Bridge, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk.

To find photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Sydney trip planner .

Use the Route module to find travel options from your starting location to Sydney. In October, daytime highs in Sydney are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Bondi to Coogee Walk
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Manly Beach
Manly 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.
Visit Burleigh Heads Beach and Coolangatta Beach for some beach relaxation. Do your shopping at Harbour Town Outlet Shopping Centre and Robina Town Shopping Centre. Change things up with a short trip to Cape Byron Walking Track in Byron Bay (about 1h 20 min away). There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Kirra Beach, enjoy breathtaking views from SkyPoint Climb, and stroll through Kurrawa Beach.

For reviews, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Gold Coast trip website .

You can fly from Sydney to Gold Coast in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in October, and nighttime lows around 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) early enough to drive to Noosa.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Cape Byron Walking Track
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Coolangatta Beach ©
Coolangatta Beach
Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Kirra Beach ©
Kirra Beach

2
nights
Noosa

Noosa ©
Known for its "green" development and north-facing beach, Noosa is a natural getaway.
On the 31st (Thu), stop by Berkelouw Book Barn, then browse the eclectic array of goods at The Original Eumundi Markets, and then kick back and relax at Noosa Main Beach. On the 1st (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: kick back and relax at Kings Beach, kick back and relax at Mooloolaba Beach, and then browse the fresh offerings at Peregian Beach Markets.

To see photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Noosa travel site .

Drive from Gold Coast to Noosa in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) early enough to travel to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Noosa

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Eumundi, Mooloolaba Beach, Kings Beach
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Kings Beach ©
Kings Beach
Mooloolaba Beach ©
Mooloolaba Beach
The Original Eumundi Markets ©
The Original Eumundi Markets

1
night
Airlie Beach

Very much a town with an emphasis on the tropical lifestyle, Airlie Beach offers exotic surroundings with palm trees and charming, sandy beaches.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Sat): relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas and then enjoy the sand and surf at Airlie Beach Lagoon. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour and then add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

For more things to do, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Airlie Beach attractions planner.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Noosa to Airlie Beach takes 10 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In November, daytime highs in Airlie Beach are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 27°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Tours Adventure
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Speed Boats Tours
Spas
Airlie Beach Lagoon ©
Airlie Beach Lagoon

3
nights
Cairns

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Palm Cove Beach and Sunday Market Port Douglas. Do your shopping at Village Gallery and Doongal Aboriginal Art Gallery Cairns. Go for a jaunt from Cairns to Palm Cove to see Spas about 30 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Trinity Beach, have fun at Muddy's Playground, look for all kinds of wild species at Mossman Gorge Centre, and discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For more things to do and more tourist information, refer to the Cairns trip site .

Getting from Airlie Beach to Cairns by combination of ferry and flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. November in Cairns sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to travel to Esperance.

Things to do in Cairns

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Mossman Gorge Centre, Trinity Beach, Sunday Market Port Douglas
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Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach
Spas

1
night
Esperance

Esperance ©
Esperance is a town in the Goldfields-Esperance region of Western Australia, on the Southern Ocean coastline approximately 720km east-southeast of the state capital, Perth. On the 7th (Thu), kick back and relax at Twilight Bay. Keep things going the next day: explore the striking landscape of Cape Le Grand National Park.

To find more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Esperance trip planner .

You can fly from Cairns to Esperance in 11 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Cairns to Esperance is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Cairns in November, things will get a bit cooler in Esperance: highs are around 28°C and lows about 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to travel to Margaret River.

Things to do in Esperance

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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Twilight Bay ©
Twilight Bay
Cape Le Grand National Park ©
Cape Le Grand National Park

2
nights
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Meelup Beach and Yallingup Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Margaret River side-trips: Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Busselton) and Augusta (Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse & Jewel Cave). There's lots more to do: indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, explore the fascinating underground world of Lake Cave, and look for gifts at Gabriel Chocolate.

For traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Margaret River online sightseeing planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Esperance to Margaret River takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can go by car to Albany.

Things to do in Margaret River

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Augusta, Yallingup, Meelup Beach
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Meelup Beach ©
Meelup Beach
Yallingup Beach ©
Yallingup Beach
Gabriel Chocolate ©
Gabriel Chocolate

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nights
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.
On the 12th (Tue), kick back and relax at Little Beach, take a tour of Replica of the Brig Amity, and then stroll through Greens Pool. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: pause for some photo ops at Desert Mounted Corps Memorial, then examine the collection at National Anzac Centre, then kick back and relax at Middleton Beach, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at The Gap and Natural Bridge.

To see more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Albany trip maker website .

Traveling by car from Margaret River to Albany takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in November, and nighttime lows around 12°C. You will leave for home on the 14th (Thu).

Things to do in Albany

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Greens Pool
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Little Beach ©
Little Beach
Greens Pool ©
Greens Pool
Middleton Beach ©
Middleton Beach

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