21 days in Australia Itinerary

21 days in Australia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Australia trip planner
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Fly
1
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
Drive
2
Cairns
— 2 nights
Fly to Hamilton Island, Ferry to Airlie Beach
3
Airlie Beach
— 1 night
Bus
4
Whitsunday Island
— 1 night
+2
Fly to Hervey Bay, Ferry to Fraser Island Kingfisher Bay, Drive to Fraser Island
5
Fraser Island
— 2 nights
+2
Drive to Kingfisher Bay, Fraser Island, Ferry to River Heads, Fly to Brisbane
6
Brisbane
— 1 night
Drive
7
Gold Coast
— 1 night
Drive
8
Byron Bay
— 1 night
Fly
9
Coffs Harbour
— 1 night
Drive
10
Port Macquarie
— 1 night
Fly
11
Sydney
— 2 nights
Taxi
12
Bondi
— 1 night
Fly
13
Melbourne
— 1 night
Fly
14
Perth
— 2 nights
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Port Douglas — 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Tue): get great views at Flagstaff Hill Lookout, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas. Keep things going the next day: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Port Douglas trip itinerary builder website.

Edinburgh, UK to Port Douglas is an approximately 28-hour flight. Traveling from Edinburgh to Port Douglas, you'll lose 10 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for much hotter temperatures traveling from Edinburgh in October, with highs in Port Douglas at 34°C and lows at 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to drive to Cairns.
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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.
On the 13th (Thu), see the world from above with a helicopter tour, then admire the natural beauty at Botanical Gardens, then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and finally trek along Esplanade Boardwalk. Here are some ideas for day two: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Cairns route planning site.

You can drive from Port Douglas to Cairns in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. In October in Cairns, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Airlie Beach.
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Airlie Beach — 1 night

Gateway to the Whitsundays

Very much a town with an emphasis on the tropical lifestyle, Airlie Beach offers exotic surroundings with palm trees and charming, sandy beaches.
On the 15th (Sat), look for gifts at Beach Book Boutique, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Airlie Beach Lagoon, and then race across the water with a speed boat tour.

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

Traveling by combination of flight and ferry from Cairns to Airlie Beach takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Cairns in October, expect nights in Airlie Beach to be about the same, around 24°C, while days are little chillier, around 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a bus to Whitsunday Island.
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Whitsunday Island — 1 night

On the 16th (Sun), kick back and relax at Whitehaven Beach.

To find ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Whitsunday Island trip builder tool.

You can take a bus from Airlie Beach to Whitsunday Island in 1.5 hours. Another option is to ride a ferry. Traveling from Airlie Beach in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Whitsunday Island, with lows of 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Sun) to allow time for travel to Fraser Island.
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Fraser Island — 2 nights

Kick off your visit on the 17th (Mon): contemplate the waterfront views at Lake McKenzie, take a peaceful walk through Central Station Rainforest, and then relax and rejuvenate at Fraser Island Day Spa. Keep things going the next day: step aboard Maheno Ship Wreck and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Seventy-Five Mile Beach.

For reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Fraser Island online holiday maker.

You can do a combination of flight, ferry, and car from Whitsunday Island to Fraser Island in 10 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, car, and ferry; or do a combination of bus, car, and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 31°C in October, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Brisbane.
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Brisbane — 1 night

Australia's New World City

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.
On the 19th (Wed), take some stellar pictures from Mount Coot-Tha Summit Lookout and then stroll around South Bank Parklands.

For traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Brisbane tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of car, ferry, and flight from Fraser Island to Brisbane takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of car, ferry, and train. In October, daytime highs in Brisbane are 29°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can go by car to Gold Coast.
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Gold Coast — 1 night

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 20th (Thu): laugh and play at Sea World Theme Park.

To find where to stay and other tourist information, you can read our Gold Coast day trip app.

Traveling by car from Brisbane to Gold Coast takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In October in Gold Coast, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 18°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can drive to Byron Bay.
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Find places to stay Oct 19 — 20:
Highlights from your trip

Byron Bay — 1 night

Named after Lord Byron's grandfather, Byron Bay is not only famous as the easternmost point of Australia, but even more so as one of the liveliest vacation spots in the country.
On the 21st (Fri), see some colorful creatures with Sundive Byron Bay, enjoy the sea views from Cape Byron Lighthouse, and then relax and rejuvenate at Byron Wellbeing Health Retreats.

To see ratings, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Byron Bay trip itinerary website.

You can drive from Gold Coast to Byron Bay in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Gold Coast in October since evenings lows in Byron Bay dip to 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can catch the flight to Coffs Harbour.
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Coffs Harbour — 1 night

Nestled between the mountains and the ocean, Coffs Harbour is one of the larger cities in New South Wales.
On the 22nd (Sat), get outside with Outdoor Activities, then look for gifts at Willy Wagtail Homewares, then take a leisurely stroll along Coffs Harbour Jetty, and finally take in the waterfront at Urunga Boardwalk.

To find where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Coffs Harbour route site.

Getting from Byron Bay to Coffs Harbour by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Byron Bay in October: highs in Coffs Harbour hover around 28°C, while lows dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) to allow time to drive to Port Macquarie.
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Port Macquarie — 1 night

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 23rd (Sun): see the interesting displays at Mid North Coast Maritime Museum, then identify plant and animal life at Koala Hospital, and then enjoy the sea views from Tacking Point Lighthouse.

Ask Inspirock to suggest an itinerary and make planning a trip to Port Macquarie fast, fun, and easy.

You can drive from Coffs Harbour to Port Macquarie in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. When traveling from Coffs Harbour in October, plan for slightly colder days in Port Macquarie, with highs around 20°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to fly to Sydney.
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Sydney — 2 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.
On the 24th (Mon), explore the striking landscape at Mrs Macquarie's Chair, then examine the collection at Australian National Maritime Museum, then take in the views from Sydney Harbour Bridge, and finally stop by Darling Harbour. On the 25th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Bondi Beach, admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, then catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, and finally wander the streets of The Rocks.

To find ratings, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read Sydney attractions planner.

Fly from Port Macquarie to Sydney in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Port Macquarie, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Sydney, ranging from highs of 28°C to lows of 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Bondi.
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Bondi — 1 night

Start off your visit on the 26th (Wed): kick back and relax at Tamarama Beach, appreciate the history behind Black Sunday monument, then trek along Bondi to Coogee Walk, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Sam Fiszman Park.

To see traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Bondi trip itinerary builder tool.

Bondi is just a stone's throw from Sydney. In October in Bondi, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 17°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Melbourne.
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Melbourne — 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Thu): see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum, then take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, and then enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, go to the Melbourne online trip builder.

You can fly from Bondi to Melbourne in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In October, Melbourne is slightly colder than Bondi - with highs of 24°C and lows of 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) to allow time to fly to Perth.
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Perth — 2 nights

City of Light

A modern metropolis of glassy skyscrapers, waterside boulevards, and lush residential neighborhoods, Perth sits on the edge of the Swan Coastal Plain.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Fri): contemplate the long history of The Perth Mint, admire the natural beauty at Kings Park and Botanic Garden, and then pause for some photo ops at State War Memorial.

For maps, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Perth trip builder tool.

Fly from Melbourne to Perth in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Melbourne to Perth. When traveling from Melbourne in October, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Perth: temperatures range from 28°C by day to 12°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to fly back home.
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Australia travel guide

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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.
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