21 days in Australia Itinerary

21 days in Australia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Australia trip planner

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Port Douglas
— 3 nights
Drive
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Cairns
— 2 nights
Fly to Darwin, Bus to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)
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Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)
— 5 nights
Bus to Charles Eaton Drive, Fly to Ayers Rock
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Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 3 nights
Fly
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Melbourne
— 2 nights
Fly
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Sydney
— 5 nights
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Port Douglas

— 3 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.
Family-friendly places like Scuba & Snorkeling and Safaris will thrill your kids. There's much more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Mossman Gorge Centre, explore the gorgeous colors at Opal Reef, play a few rounds at Palmer Sea Reef Golf Course and Restaurant, and take some stellar pictures from Flagstaff Hill Lookout.

To see ratings, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Port Douglas online tour planner.

Manila, Philippines to Port Douglas is an approximately 15-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Manila to Port Douglas is 2 hours. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Manila in May, with highs in Port Douglas at 32°C and lows at 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to drive to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Parks

Side Trip

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 6th (Thu): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Cairns driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Port Douglas to Cairns takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in May, and nighttime lows around 24°C. On the 7th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park).

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Trails

Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

— 5 nights
Jabiru is a town in the Northern Territory of Australia. Kids will appreciate attractions like Ubirr and Bardedjilidji Walk. There's lots more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Nanguluwur Art Site, identify plant and animal life at Mamukala Billabong, take some stellar pictures from Anbangbang Rock Shelter, and admire all the interesting features of Mirray Lookout.

To see maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) visit planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Cairns to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) takes 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 0.5 hours traveling from Cairns to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) due to the time zone difference. On the 12th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trip

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.
Attractions like Uluru and Mutitjulu Waterhole make great kid-friendly stops. The adventure continues: take in the awesome beauty at Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga, take in the pleasant sights at Lungkata Walk, take an in-depth tour of Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, and explore the striking landscape at Walpa Gorge.

To see reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip itinerary maker website.

Getting from Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park by combination of bus and flight takes about 11 hours. Other options: drive. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in May, and nighttime lows around 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Melbourne

— 2 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.
On the 16th (Sun), get to know the resident critters at Melbourne Zoo, examine the collection at Melbourne Museum, and then admire the striking features of Royal Exhibition Building. On the 17th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Victoria, enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck, then take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, and finally make a trip to Flinders Street Station.

For reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Melbourne itinerary planner.

Fly from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Melbourne in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Melbourne is 0.5 hours. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in May, with highs in Melbourne at 20°C and lows at 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums

Sydney

— 5 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.
Family-friendly places like Bondi to Coogee Walk and Darling Harbour will thrill your kids. Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Sydney Opera House, explore the striking landscape at Mrs Macquarie's Chair, take in the views from Sydney Harbour Bridge, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Bondi Beach.

To find where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Sydney trip itinerary maker tool.

You can fly from Melbourne to Sydney in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Traveling from Melbourne in May, expect Sydney to be a bit warmer, temps between 24°C and 14°C. On the 22nd (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

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.