21 days in Australia Itinerary

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Kangaroo Island
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Melbourne
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Canberra
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Sydney
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Port Macquarie
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Brisbane
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Port Douglas
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Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
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Darwin
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Kangaroo Island — 2 nights

Abandoned by Aborigines a few thousand years ago, Kangaroo Island attracts over 140,000 visitors each year.
On the 26th (Tue), identify plant and animal life at Will's Rare Breeds Farm, identify plant and animal life at Paul's Place Wildlife Sanctuary, and then kick back and relax at Stokes Beach. On the 27th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: capture your vacation like a pro with Kangaroo Island Wilderness Tours, then identify plant and animal life at Little Sahara, and then see what you can catch with Emu Bay Fishing Charters.

For photos, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Kangaroo Island road trip site.

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Kangaroo Island is an approximately 21-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Gulf Standard Time (GST) to Australian Central Standard Time (ACST) is 5.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Melbourne.
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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 28th (Thu), get a sense of history and politics at Melbourne Town Hall, then examine the collection at The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia, then see the interesting displays at Scienceworks, and finally see Cheap AZ Travel. On the next day, explore the world behind art at ArtVo, then admire the striking features of Old Treasury Building, then see the interesting displays at Australian Sports Museum, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck.

For ratings, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Melbourne online sightseeing planner.

Fly from Kangaroo Island to Melbourne in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of taxi, ferry, and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 0.5 hours traveling from Kangaroo Island to Melbourne. In April, daytime highs in Melbourne are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) early enough to fly to Canberra.
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Canberra — 1 night

The Bush Capital

A planned city with streets laid out in elaborate, geometric patterns and founded specifically to serve as the capital of the emerging Australian state, Canberra has a self-sufficient atmosphere.
On the 30th (Sat), examine the collection at National Bonsai & Penjing Collection, then take an in-depth tour of Australian War Memorial, then hike along ANZAC Parade Walk, and finally explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Australia.

For where to stay, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read our Canberra holiday maker.

Fly from Melbourne to Canberra in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Melbourne in April, plan for slightly colder nights in Canberra, with lows around 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) so you can catch the flight 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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sun): get outside with Outdoor Activities, take an in-depth tour of Hyde Park Barracks, admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, take a stroll through The Rocks, then admire the masterpieces at White Rabbit Gallery, and finally trek along Bondi to Coogee Walk. On the 2nd (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: learn about all things military at Anzac Memorial, then get a new perspective on nature at Australian Museum, then get to know the fascinating history of Cremorne Point to Mosman Bay Walk, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Sydney Harbour Circle Walk.

To find traveler tips, maps, photos, and tourist information, go to the Sydney trip itinerary tool.

You can fly from Canberra to Sydney in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Canberra in April, Sydney is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can fly to Port Macquarie.
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Port Macquarie — 2 nights

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 3rd (Tue): take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Thomas Anglican Church, then get engrossed in the history at Port Macquarie Museum, and then cast your line with Port Macquarie Fishing Charters. On the next day, visit a coastal fixture at Tacking Point Lighthouse, see exotic creatures in open habitats at Port Macquarie Camel Safari's, then get a new perspective on nature at Mid North Coast Maritime Museum, and finally steep yourself in history at Old Bottlebutt.

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Fly from Sydney to Port Macquarie in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Sydney in May: highs in Port Macquarie hover around 16°C, while lows dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to fly to Brisbane.
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Brisbane — 2 nights

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 5th (Thu), get up close to creatures of the deep with Aria Cruises and then identify plant and animal life at Daisy Hill Conservation Park and Koala Centre. On the next day, contemplate the long history of Newstead House, see the interesting displays at Queensland Maritime Museum, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. John's Anglican Cathedral, then examine the collection at Opal Museum, and finally take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour.

To see photos, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Brisbane trip builder.

Traveling by flight from Port Macquarie to Brisbane takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. When traveling from Port Macquarie in May, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Brisbane: temperatures range from 27°C by day to 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can fly to Port Douglas.
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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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Sat): see the vivid underwater world at Opal Reef, look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, and then learn about winemaking at Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Sun): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see photos, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Port Douglas trip app.

Fly from Brisbane to Port Douglas in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In May, Port Douglas is somewhat warmer than Brisbane - with highs of 32°C and lows of 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.
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Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park — 4 nights

Please note that visitors are no longer allowed to trek up Uluru.
Get some cultural insight at Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga and Mala Walk. Step off the beaten path and head to Field of Light and Kuniya Walk. Step out of Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to go to Alice Springs and see Curtin Springs, which is approximately 1h 20 min away. There's lots more to do: get engrossed in the history at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, trek along Uluru Hiking Path, go for a walk through Lungkata Walk, and take in the dramatic natural features at Uluru.

To see photos, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park route builder site.

Getting from Port Douglas to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time to Australian Central Standard Time, which is usually a -0.5 hour difference. Traveling from Port Douglas in May, expect Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to be little chillier, temps between 28°C and 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Darwin.
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Darwin — 2 nights

Outback Capital of the Northern Territory

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.
On the 13th (Fri), examine the collection at Defence of Darwin Experience, learn about all things military at Darwin Military Museum, then look for all kinds of wild species at East Point Reserve, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at St Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Cathedral.

To find more things to do, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, use the Darwin trip itinerary site.

You can fly from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Darwin in 4 hours. Another option is to drive. While traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, expect a bit warmer days and much hotter nights in Darwin, ranging from highs of 38°C to lows of 26°C. You'll have a few hours on the 14th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling home.
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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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