21 days in Australia Itinerary

21 days in Australia Itinerary

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21 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Mumbai
Fly:  15​h
1
Cairns
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
2
Darwin
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h
3
Alice Springs
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 45​min
4
Adelaide
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
5
Melbourne
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
6
Gold Coast
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 30​min
7
Sydney
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
8
Leura
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  23​h
End: Mumbai

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.
Visiting Scuba & Snorkeling and Hartley's Crocodile Adventures will get you outdoors. Relax by the water at Palm Cove Beach and Four Mile Beach. It doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Trinity Beach.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Cairns driving holiday planning site .

Mumbai, India to Cairns is an approximately 15-hour flight. Traveling from Mumbai to Cairns, you'll lose 4 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Mumbai in July: high temperatures in Cairns hover around 30°C and lows are around 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to travel to Darwin.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Four Mile Beach, Trinity Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Four Mile Beach ©
Four Mile Beach

1
night
Darwin

Darwin ©
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 29th (Sun), see the interesting displays at Defence of Darwin Experience and then enjoy the sand and surf at Mindil Beach.

To see ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Darwin trip builder .

Traveling by flight from Cairns to Darwin takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Cairns in July, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Darwin: temperatures range from 36°C by day to 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Alice Springs.

Things to do in Darwin

Beaches Parks Outdoors
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Mindil Beach ©
Mindil Beach
Defence of Darwin Experience ©
Defence of Darwin Experience

1
night
Alice Springs

Alice Springs ©
Situated right in the heart of Australia, Alice Springs serves as an urban oasis deep within the country’s parched, desert-like Red Center.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Mon): steep yourself in history at Alice Springs Telegraph Station Historical Reserve and then look for all kinds of wild species at Alice Springs Desert Park.

To see photos, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Alice Springs trip planner .

Fly from Darwin to Alice Springs in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Darwin in July, plan for a bit cooler days in Alice Springs, with highs around 24°C, while nights are cooler with lows around 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Adelaide.

Things to do in Alice Springs

Wildlife Parks Historic Sites
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Alice Springs Desert Park ©
Alice Springs Desert Park

2
nights
Adelaide

Adelaide ©
Adelaide exists contentedly as a cultured, diverse, and attractive city with a laid-back center, leafy residential districts, and an underlying cosmopolitan atmosphere.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Tue): identify plant and animal life at Cleland Wildlife Park and then wander the streets of Rundle Mall. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Wed): learn about winemaking at Kalleske Wines, then do a tasting at Murray Street Vineyards, and then steep yourself in history at Adelaide Oval.

To see traveler tips, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read our Adelaide route planner.

Traveling by flight from Alice Springs to Adelaide takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Alice Springs in July, you will find days in Adelaide are little chillier (17°C), and nights are a bit warmer (8°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Adelaide

Wineries Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Greenock, Tscharke's Place, Cleland Wildlife Park, God's Hill Wines
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Murray Street Vineyards ©
Murray Street Vineyards
Cleland Wildlife Park ©
Cleland Wildlife Park
Kalleske Wines ©
Kalleske Wines

3
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
On the 3rd (Fri), explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Victoria, then enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck 88, and then examine the collection at Melbourne Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: meet the residents at Melbourne Zoo, explore the galleries of Shrine of Remembrance, and then take a stroll through Degraves Street.

For more things to do, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, go to the Melbourne online visit planner .

Traveling by flight from Adelaide to Melbourne takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In August in Melbourne, expect temperatures between 16°C during the day and 6°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums Parks Zoos & Aquariums
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Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum
National Gallery of Victoria ©
National Gallery of Victoria
Degraves Street ©
Degraves Street

1
night
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 5th (Sun): see the interesting displays at Ripley's Believe It Or Not! Surfers Paradise and then enjoy the sand and surf at Surfer's Paradise Beach.

For where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read Gold Coast trip itinerary planning app .

You can fly from Melbourne to Gold Coast in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Melbourne in August: high temperatures in Gold Coast hover around 25°C and lows are around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Beaches Parks Outdoors
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Surfers Paradise Beach ©
Surfers Paradise Beach

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Bondi Beach and Clovelly. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Sydney Opera House and Darling Harbour. Change things up with a short trip to Pulpit Rock Lookout in Blue Mountains National Park (about 1h 40 min away). There's still lots to do: wander the streets of The Rocks, explore the world behind art at Australian Centre for Photography, kick back and relax at Manly Beach, and hike along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk.

For reviews, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Sydney journey maker website .

Traveling by flight from Gold Coast to Sydney takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Gold Coast in August, expect nights in Sydney to be about the same, around 11°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Pulpit Rock Lookout
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Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
The Rocks ©
The Rocks

3
nights
Leura

Leura ©
Leura is a suburb in the City of Blue Mountains local government area that is located west of the Sydney central business district in New South Wales, Australia. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Sat): get to know the fascinating history of The National Pass, take in the dramatic scenery at Wentworth Falls, and then play a few rounds at Wentworth Falls Country Club.

For traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Leura online sightseeing planner .

Traveling by car from Sydney to Leura takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Traveling from Sydney in August, plan for slightly colder nights in Leura, with lows around 5°C. On the 13th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Leura

Outdoors Golf Parks

Side Trips

Blackheath, Wentworth Falls, Street Art Walk - by Street Art Murals Australia, The National Pass, Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum
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The National Pass ©
The National Pass
Wentworth Falls ©
Wentworth Falls
Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum ©
Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum

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