21 days in Australia Itinerary

21 days in Australia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Australia trip itinerary maker
Make it your trip
— 4 nights
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 2 nights
— 12 nights
Fly to Hamilton Island, Ferry to Airlie Beach
Airlie Beach
— 2 nights


Darwin — 4 nights

The smallest of Australia’s state capitals, Darwin has nevertheless become an attractive and important urban center, being simultaneously one of the country’s most modernized cities and a gateway to both the Top End region and South East Asia.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Florence Falls and St Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Cathedral. Museum-lovers will appreciate Darwin Military Museum and Defence of Darwin Experience. Step out of Darwin to go to Litchfield National Park and see Wangi Falls, which is approximately 1h 20 min away. There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Chinese Temple and Museum Chung Wah, look for all kinds of wild species at East Point Reserve, observe the fascinating underwater world at Aquascene Fish Feeding, and steep yourself in history at Burnett House.

Start your trip to Darwin by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

Brisbane to Darwin is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time to Australian Central Standard Time, which is usually a -0.5 hour difference. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Brisbane in May, with highs in Darwin at 38°C and lows at 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.
Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Nature
Side Trip

Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park — 2 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.
On the 12th (Fri), get your bearings at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, trek along Kuniya Walk, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Mutitjulu Waterhole. On the next day, explore the striking landscape at Uluru, go for a walk through Mala Walk, and then make a trip to Field of Light.

For reviews, maps, and more tourist information, use the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip itinerary maker app.

You can fly from Darwin to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 4 hours. Another option is to drive. Traveling from Darwin in May, you will find days in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park are slightly colder (28°C), and nights are cooler (12°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can fly to Cairns.
Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Cairns — 12 nights

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like The Australian Armour & Artillery Museum and Michaelmas Cay. Museum-lovers will appreciate Spy & Camera Museum and Samurai Gallery Australia. Explore Cairns' surroundings by going to Mamu Tropical Skywalk (in Innisfail), Yungaburra (Cathedral Fig Tree, The Afghanistan Avenue of Honour, &more) and Mulgrave Settlers Museum (in Gordonvale). Spend the 19th (Fri) exploring nature at Lake Eacham Crater Lakes National Park. There's much more to do: scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Monica's Cathedral, identify plant and animal life at Birdworld Kuranda, and admire the sheer force of Behana Gorge Waterfall.

To see photos, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Cairns day trip planner.

You can fly from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Cairns in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Cairns is 0.5 hours. Traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in May, expect Cairns to be somewhat warmer, temps between 32°C and 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to travel to Airlie Beach.
Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours
Side Trips

Airlie Beach — 2 nights

Very much a town with an emphasis on the tropical lifestyle, Airlie Beach offers exotic surroundings with palm trees and charming, sandy beaches.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Fri): relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas and then examine the collection at Proserpine Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, 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 May, you will find days in Airlie Beach are slightly colder (28°C), and nights are about the same (24°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight back home.
Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Spas
Side Trip

Australia travel guide

Beaches · Wildlife Areas · Gardens
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.