21 days in Australia Itinerary

21 days in Australia Itinerary

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Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 4 nights
2
Cairns
— 3 nights
3
Port Douglas
— 3 nights
4
Gold Coast
— 2 nights
5
Sydney
— 3 nights
6
Melbourne
— 4 nights

4
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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.
Attractions like Uluru and Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga make great kid-friendly stops. Step out of Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to go to Alice Springs and see Curtin Springs, which is approximately 1h 20 min away. Next up on the itinerary: hike along Uluru Hiking Path, explore the activities along Mutitjulu Waterhole, explore the striking landscape at Walpa Gorge, and take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour.

To find other places to visit, maps, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park route builder website.

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is an approximately 22-hour flight. The time zone changes from Gulf Standard Time (GST) to Australian Central Standard Time (ACST), which is usually a 5.5 hour difference. Plan for cooler temperatures traveling from Dubai in August, with highs in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park at 27°C and lows at 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) to allow enough time 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

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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.
Attractions like Scuba & Snorkeling and Trinity Beach make great kid-friendly stops. Take a break from Cairns with a short trip to Palm Cove Beach in Palm Cove, about 32 minutes away. There's lots more to do: hike along Esplanade Boardwalk, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, stroll around Anzac Park, and relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find reviews, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Cairns trip itinerary builder website.

You can fly from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Cairns in 5 hours. Another option is to drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Cairns is 0.5 hours. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in August: highs in Cairns hover around 31°C, while lows dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

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

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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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Scuba & Snorkeling and Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas. There's still lots to do: take an exotic tour of a safari tour, head outdoors with Horses in Port, look for gifts at With Sugar, and kick back and relax at Four Mile Beach.

To find maps, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Port Douglas trip planner.

Drive from Cairns to Port Douglas in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 31°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can 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

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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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at Surfers Paradise Beach, then find something for the whole family at Warner Bros. Movie World, and then experience the excitement of Infinity Attraction. Keep things going the next day: cool off at Dreamworld and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Burleigh Heads Beach.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Gold Coast trip simple and quick.

You can fly from Port Douglas to Gold Coast in 6.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Port Douglas in August: high temperatures in Gold Coast hover around 25°C and lows are around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Gold Coast

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

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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.
Attractions like Bondi Beach and Sydney Opera House make great kid-friendly stops. Next up on the itinerary: hike along Bondi to Coogee Walk, see the interesting displays at Australian National Maritime Museum, tour the pleasant surroundings at Manly Beach, and admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney.

To find reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Sydney online tour planner.

Traveling by flight from Gold Coast to Sydney takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Gold Coast in August: highs in Sydney hover around 22°C, while lows dip to 11°C. Cap off 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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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi to Coogee Walk ©
Bondi to Coogee Walk
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach

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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 Melbourne Museum will thrill your kids. Change things up with a short trip to Sovereign Hill in Ballarat (about 1h 25 min away). And it doesn't end there: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck, pause for some photo ops at Shrine of Remembrance, and admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Victoria.

To find more things to do, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Melbourne trip tool.

Fly from Sydney to Melbourne in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In August, Melbourne is a bit cooler than Sydney - with highs of 16°C and lows of 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Tue) to allow time for 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
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens

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