21 days in Australia Itinerary

21 days in Australia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Australia holiday planner

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Adelaide
— 2 nights
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Sydney
— 3 nights
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Byron Bay
— 1 night
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Noosa
— 2 nights
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Port Douglas
— 1 night
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Cairns
— 1 night
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Townsville
— 1 night
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Airlie Beach
— 4 nights
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Adelaide

— 2 nights
Adelaide exists contentedly as a cultured, diverse, and attractive city with a laid-back center, leafy residential districts, and an underlying cosmopolitan atmosphere.
Explore hidden gems such as Adelaide Oval and Off-Road Tours. Get out of town with these interesting Adelaide side-trips: McLaren Vale (McLaren Vale III Associates & Wirra Wirra Vineyards). And it doesn't end there: trek along River Torrens Linear Park Trail, admire the natural beauty at Himeji Garden, and enjoy some diversion at Thorndon Park.

To find ratings, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Adelaide travel itinerary planner.

Melbourne to Adelaide is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. You'll gain 0.5 hours traveling from Melbourne to Adelaide due to the time zone difference. April in Adelaide sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 14°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Sydney.

Things to do in Adelaide

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Wineries

Side Trips

Sydney

— 3 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.
Explore hidden gems such as Govetts Leap and Hyde Park. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Sydney: Gallery Blackheath (in Blackheath) and Wentworth Falls Lookout (in Wentworth Falls). Next up on the itinerary: trek along Manly Scenic Walkway, stop by Darling Harbour, kick back and relax at Bondi Beach, and snap pictures at Sydney Harbour Bridge.

For where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read Sydney trip itinerary builder site.

You can fly from Adelaide to Sydney in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. You'll lose 0.5 hours traveling from Adelaide to Sydney due to the time zone difference. In April, daily temperatures in Sydney can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can catch the flight to Byron Bay.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks · Outdoors · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Byron Bay

— 1 night
Named after Lord Byron's grandfather, Byron Bay is not only famous as the easternmost point of Australia, but even more so as one of the liveliest vacation spots in the country.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Tue): trot along with a tour on horseback, relax in the rural setting at The Farm Byron Bay, and then let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour. On the 13th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: push the limits with an extreme tour, then discover the deep blue sea with Sundive Byron Bay, and then stroll through Cape Byron Walking Track.

For more things to do, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Byron Bay route builder tool.

Getting from Sydney to Byron Bay by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In April in Byron Bay, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 16°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can drive to Noosa.

Things to do in Byron Bay

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Adventure

Noosa

— 2 nights
Known for its "green" development and north-facing beach, Noosa is a natural getaway.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Noosa Main Beach and then indulge in some personalized pampering at Essential Bodywork. On the 15th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, then take a tour of HMAS Brisbane, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Buderim Forest Park.

To find traveler tips, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read Noosa holiday builder app.

Traveling by car from Byron Bay to Noosa takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to fly to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Noosa

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trips

Port Douglas

— 1 night
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.
To find photos, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Port Douglas vacation planner.

You can fly from Noosa to Port Douglas in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In April in Port Douglas, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 25°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can go by car to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours

Cairns

— 1 night

The Gateway to the Great Barrier Reef

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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Mon): take in the pleasant sights at Red Arrow Walk and then learn about all things military at The Australian Armour & Artillery Museum.

To find photos, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Cairns travel planning website.

Traveling by car from Port Douglas to Cairns takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Cairns are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Townsville.

Things to do in Cairns

Parks · Outdoors · Museums · Trails

Side Trip

Townsville

— 1 night
Tucked snugly beneath a steep, craggy mount--known as Castle Hill--the vibrant city of Townsville is as picturesque as its backdrop.
On the 19th (Tue), examine the collection at Maritime Museum of Townsville, then take in the exciting artwork at The Drill Hall Studio, then don't miss a visit to Jezzine Barracks, and finally explore and take pictures at Castle Hill.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read our Townsville journey planner.

You can fly from Cairns to Townsville in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Townsville can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Townsville

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Museums

Airlie Beach

— 4 nights

Gateway to the Whitsundays

Very much a town with an emphasis on the tropical lifestyle, Airlie Beach offers exotic surroundings with palm trees and charming, sandy beaches.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Kayaking & Canoeing and Catseye Beach. Explore Airlie Beach's surroundings by going to Bowen (Horseshoe Bay & Horseshoe Bay Rotary Lookout) and Passage Peak (in Hamilton Island). And it doesn't end there: see exotic creatures in open habitats at Whitsunday Crocodile Safari, get a dose of the wild on Turtle Tours, and go for a walk through Bicentennial Walkway.

To plan Airlie Beach vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

Traveling by car from Townsville to Airlie Beach takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. When traveling from Townsville in April, plan for a bit cooler days in Airlie Beach, with highs around 31°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trips

Australia travel guide

4.6
Beaches · Nature & Parks · Specialty Museums
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.

Queensland travel guide

4.3
Scuba & Snorkeling · Beaches · Nature & Parks
Located in the northeast of Australia, Queensland boasts a rich history, efficient cities, picturesque coastline, and lush interior rainforest. Tourism in Queensland tends to revolve around the Sunshine State's countless beaches and coastal enclaves, which engender a laid-back, easygoing way of life. Named after Queen Victoria, the state was first settled by Europeans in the 17th century, but the area is believed to have served as home to the country's Aboriginal population as far back as 60,000 years.