21 days in Australia Itinerary

21 days in Australia Itinerary

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21 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Lisbon
Fly:  26 h
1
Sydney
— 4 nights
Fly:  3 h 30 min
2
Melbourne
— 4 nights
Fly:  4 h 45 min
3
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 3 nights
Fly:  4 h 45 min
4
Cairns
— 3 nights
Bus:  1 h 15 min
5
Port Douglas
— 4 nights
Shuttle + Fly:  29 h
End: Lisbon

4
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.
Visit Bondi Beach and Clovelly Beach for some beach relaxation. Take a break from the city and head to Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk and Manly Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Sydney: Wentworth Falls (in Wentworth Falls), Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum (in Faulconbridge) and The National Pass (in Blue Mountains National Park). There's lots more to do: take a stroll through Darling Harbour, hunt for treasures at Sydney Fish Market, meet the residents at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, and admire the masterpieces at Brett Whiteley Studio.

For ratings, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read our Sydney trip planner .

Lisbon, Portugal to Sydney is an approximately 26-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 10 hours traveling from Lisbon to Sydney. Traveling from Lisbon in April, Sydney is a bit warmer at night with lows of 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Bondi to Coogee Walk, The National Pass, Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum, Wentworth Falls
Find places to stay Apr 6 — 10:
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House

4
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Family-friendly places like Melbourne Zoo and Sovereign Hill will thrill your kids. Do some cultural sightseeing at Melbourne Central and National Gallery of Victoria. Step out of Melbourne to go to Torquay and see The Great Ocean Road, which is approximately 1h 20 min away. There's much more to do: examine the collection at Melbourne Museum, take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, stop by The Junk Company, and take a stroll around Federation Square.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Melbourne online trip builder .

Getting from Sydney to Melbourne by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Sydney in April, expect Melbourne to be a bit cooler, temps between 23°C and 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

The Great Ocean Road, St. Kilda Beach, Sovereign Hill
Find places to stay Apr 10 — 14:
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Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum
Old Melbourne Gaol ©
Old Melbourne Gaol
Sovereign Hill ©
Sovereign Hill

3
nights
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park ©
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.
Uluru and Kuniya Walk are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get outdoors at Walkatjara Art and Uluru Hiking Path. And it doesn't end there: explore the striking landscape at Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga, go for a walk through Field of Light, appreciate the views at Valley of the Winds, and explore the activities along Mutitjulu Waterhole.

To see photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip planner .

You can fly from Melbourne to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In April, Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is somewhat warmer than Melbourne - with highs of 34°C and lows of 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Fri) to allow time for travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Museums
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Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga ©
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga
Valley of the Winds ©
Valley of the Winds

3
nights
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.
Bring the kids along to Palm Cove Beach and Trinity Beach. Take a break from the city and head to Scuba & Snorkeling and Fishing Charters & Tours. There's still lots to do: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, hike along Esplanade Boardwalk, take a leisurely stroll along The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk, and view the masterpieces at Village Gallery.

To find photos, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Cairns trip itinerary site .

You can fly from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Cairns in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in April, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Cairns, with lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to take a bus to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Palm Cove, The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk, Tanks Arts Centre, Yorkeys Knob Beach, Trinity Beach
Find places to stay Apr 17 — 20:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach

4
nights
Port Douglas

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Scuba & Snorkeling and Safaris. Head to Daintree Entomological museum and Studio 49 Artisan Galleryfor plenty of shopping. Venture out of the city with trips to Myall Beach (in Cape Tribulation), Tranquility Falls (in Daintree) and Thornton Beach (in Thornton Beach). And it doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, see the vivid underwater world at Opal Reef, enjoy the sand and surf at Four Mile Beach, and learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas.

For reviews, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Port Douglas trip planner .

Getting from Cairns to Port Douglas by bus takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a shuttle. April in Port Douglas sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 25°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Cape Tribulation, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, Tranquility Falls, Wonga Beach, Mossman Gorge Centre
Find places to stay Apr 20 — 24:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Thornton Beach ©
Thornton Beach

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