21 days in Australia Itinerary

21 days in Australia Itinerary

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21 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Dubai
Fly:  21​h 15​min
1
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
2
Cairns
— 3 nights
Bus:  1​h 15​min
3
Port Douglas
— 3 nights
Shuttle + Fly:  6​h
4
Gold Coast
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
5
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
6
Melbourne
— 4 nights
Fly:  16​h
End: Dubai

4
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.
Go for a jaunt from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Alice Springs to see Curtin Springs about 1h 20 min away. The adventure continues: explore the striking landscape at Uluru, trek along Uluru Hiking Path, contemplate the waterfront views at Mutitjulu Waterhole, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park online trip itinerary planner .

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is an approximately 21.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Gulf Standard Time (GST) to Australian Central Standard Time (Northern Territory) (ACST), which is usually a 5 hour difference. Prepare for colder weather when traveling from Dubai in August: high temperatures in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park hover around 27°C and lows are around 6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Yulara, Curtin Springs
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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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Palm Cove Beach and Muddy's Playground. Next up on the itinerary: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, take in nature's colorful creations at Munro Martin Parklands, and enjoy the sand and surf at Trinity Beach.

For where to stay, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read our Cairns online travel route planner .

Getting from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Cairns by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive. Traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in August, you will find days in Cairns are somewhat warmer (31°C), and nights are much warmer (20°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a bus to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Trinity Beach, Palm Cove Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk
Nature & Wildlife Tours

3
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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Four Mile Beach and Horseback Riding Tours. The adventure continues: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, relax in the rural setting at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, look for gifts at With Sugar, and meet the residents at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas.

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Traveling by bus from Cairns to Port Douglas takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In August, daily temperatures in Port Douglas can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

2
nights
Gold Coast

Gold Coast
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.
On the 17th (Mon), kick back and relax at Surfers Paradise Beach, find something for the whole family at Warner Bros. Movie World, and then find something for the whole family at Infinity Attraction. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: cool off at Dreamworld and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Burleigh Heads Beach.

To see where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Gold Coast online vacation planner .

Do a combination of shuttle and flight from Port Douglas to Gold Coast in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and train; or drive. In August, Gold Coast is slightly colder than Port Douglas - with highs of 25°C and lows of 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Theme Parks Beaches Parks
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Warner Bros. Movie World
Warner Bros. Movie World
Dreamworld ©
Dreamworld
Surfers Paradise Beach ©
Surfers Paradise Beach

3
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.
Kids will enjoy Bondi Beach and Australian National Maritime Museum. There's much more to do: hike along Bondi to Coogee Walk, take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, stroll through Manly Beach, and walk around Nielsen Park.

For more things to do, reviews, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, and other tourist information, read our Sydney online day trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Gold Coast to Sydney takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. While traveling from Gold Coast, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Sydney, ranging from highs of 22°C to lows of 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Bondi to Coogee Walk
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Bondi to Coogee Walk ©
Bondi to Coogee Walk
Sea Life Sydney Aquarium ©
Sea Life Sydney Aquarium

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nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Bring the kids along to Melbourne Zoo and Eureka Skydeck. Go for a jaunt from Melbourne to Ballarat to see Sovereign Hill about 1h 25 min away. There's much more to do: examine the collection at Melbourne Museum, take in nature's colorful creations at Fitzroy Gardens, steep yourself in history at Old Melbourne Gaol, and admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Victoria.

To see topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read our Melbourne itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Melbourne takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Sydney in August, things will get slightly colder in Melbourne: highs are around 16°C and lows about 6°C. On the 25th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Sovereign Hill
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Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo
Old Melbourne Gaol ©
Old Melbourne Gaol

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