21 days in Australia Itinerary

21 days in Australia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Australia route planner

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Cairns
— 2 nights
Drive
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Port Douglas
— 1 night
Fly
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Perth
— 1 night
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Albany
— 2 nights
Drive
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Margaret River
— 2 nights
Fly
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Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park
— 1 night
Bus
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Hobart
— 2 nights
Fly
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Adelaide
— 1 night
Foot to Adelaide, Fly to Kangaroo Island
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Kangaroo Island
— 3 nights
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Canberra
— 2 nights
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Port Macquarie
— 1 night
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Hervey Bay
— 1 night
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Cairns

— 2 nights

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.
On the 3rd (Tue), take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Gardens, then look for all kinds of wild species at Billy Tea Safaris, then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and finally get up close to creatures of the deep with Seastar Cruises Reef Day Trips. Keep things going the next day: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Cairns trip planning website.

Los Angeles, USA to Cairns is an approximately 19-hour flight. Traveling from Los Angeles to Cairns, you'll lose 18 hours due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Los Angeles, expect somewhat warmer days and much warmer nights in Cairns, ranging from highs of 89°F to lows of 75°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to drive to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Parks
Find places to stay Jan 2 — 4:

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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Thu): explore the gorgeous colors at Opal Reef, then stroll through Mossman Gorge Centre, then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, and finally see the vivid underwater world at Agincourt Reef.

For where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Port Douglas holiday maker tool.

Traveling by car from Cairns to Port Douglas takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Port Douglas can reach 89°F, while at night they dip to 75°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can fly to Perth.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Parks · Wildlife · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 4 — 5:

Perth

— 1 night

City of Light

A modern metropolis of glassy skyscrapers, waterside boulevards, and lush residential neighborhoods, Perth sits on the edge of the Swan Coastal Plain.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Fri): contemplate the waterfront views at Swan River, tour the pleasant surroundings at Caversham Wildlife Park, then get in on the family fun at Adventure World, and finally appreciate the history behind State War Memorial.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Perth using our trip planner.

You can fly from Port Douglas to Perth in 6 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Port Douglas to Perth, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Perth when traveling from Port Douglas in January, with lows around 63°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can fly to Albany.

Things to do in Perth

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 5 — 6:

Albany

— 2 nights
Founded as a military outpost in 1826, Albany is the oldest town in Western Australia, just barely gaining this title by being settled two years earlier than Fremantle and Perth.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Sat): examine the collection at National Anzac Centre, then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, then take in the dramatic natural features at The Gap and Natural Bridge, and finally don't miss a visit to Albany Wind Farm. On your second day here, enjoy the sand and surf at Middleton Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Emu Point, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Greens Pool, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Elephant Rocks.

For photos, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Albany day trip planning tool.

Getting from Perth to Albany by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Perth in January, expect Albany to be a bit cooler, temps between 77°F and 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to drive to Margaret River.

Things to do in Albany

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 6 — 8:

Margaret River

— 2 nights
A low-rise, laid-back town of approximately 4,500 inhabitants, Margaret River serves as an ideal local base to explore the surrounding wine region.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Mon): enjoy the sea views from Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse, then explore the fascinating underground world of Jewel Cave, and then indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area.

To see traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Margaret River road trip planning app.

You can drive from Albany to Margaret River in 4.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. You'll have a few hours on the 10th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling to Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park.

Things to do in Margaret River

Tours · Wineries · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 8 — 10:

Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park

— 1 night
A holiday in Cradle Mountain-Lake St.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Wed): stroll through Devils @ Cradle, then take a peaceful walk through Cradle Mountain, and then explore the activities along Dove Lake Circuit.

To see reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park trip planner.

You can fly from Margaret River to Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park in 9 hours. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Margaret River to Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park due to the time zone difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to catch the bus to Hobart.

Things to do in Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park

Parks · Nature · Wildlife
Find places to stay Jan 10 — 11:

Hobart

— 2 nights

Tasmania's Capital City

Snaking up the side of a rounded, tree-dotted hill, Hobart sits between Tasmania’s sprawling mountains and the vast estuary of the River Derwent.
On the 12th (Thu), indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour. On the 13th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the views from Richmond Bridge, tour the pleasant surroundings at Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary, then admire the natural beauty at Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens, then get curious at Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Battery Point Sculpture Trail.

To see where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Hobart trip itinerary builder app.

Getting from Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park to Hobart by bus takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive. In January, daytime highs in Hobart are 73°F, while nighttime lows are 54°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can catch the flight to Adelaide.

Things to do in Hobart

Tours · Parks · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 11 — 13:

Adelaide

— 1 night
Adelaide exists contentedly as a cultured, diverse, and attractive city with a laid-back center, leafy residential districts, and an underlying cosmopolitan atmosphere.
On the 14th (Sat), browse the eclectic array of goods at Adelaide Central Market, contemplate the long history of Adelaide Oval, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Cleland Wildlife Park, and finally glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Adelaide online trip builder.

Traveling by flight from Hobart to Adelaide takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. You'll gain 0.5 hours traveling from Hobart to Adelaide due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Hobart in January; daily highs in Adelaide reach 84°F and lows reach 62°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to travel to Kangaroo Island.

Things to do in Adelaide

Parks · Historic Sites · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 13 — 14:

Kangaroo Island

— 3 nights
Abandoned by Aborigines a few thousand years ago, Kangaroo Island attracts over 140,000 visitors each year.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Seal Bay Conservation Park and Admirals Arch. There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary, sample the fine beverages at Kangaroo Island Spirits, see majestic marine mammals with Kangaroo Island Ocean Safari, and get to know the resident critters at Kangaroo Island Wildlife Park.

To find reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Kangaroo Island sightseeing planning tool.

Getting from Adelaide to Kangaroo Island by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Canberra.

Things to do in Kangaroo Island

Wildlife · Parks · Tours · Outdoors
Find places to stay Jan 14 — 17:

Canberra

— 2 nights

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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Wed): admire the landmark architecture of National Museum of Australia, then admire the masterpieces at National Portrait Gallery, and then engage your brain at Questacon. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: ponder the world of politics at Royal Australian Mint, then observe the fascinating underwater world at National Zoo and Aquarium, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Burley Griffin, and finally don't miss a visit to Mount Ainslie Lookout.

To find other places to visit, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Canberra vacation maker.

Traveling by flight from Kangaroo Island to Canberra takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of taxi, ferry, and bus. The time zone difference moving from Australian Central Standard Time (ACST) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) is 0.5 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to 86°F, and evening lows to 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Port Macquarie.

Things to do in Canberra

Museums · Parks · Childrens Museums · Zoos & Aquariums
Find places to stay Jan 17 — 19:

Port Macquarie

— 1 night
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 20th (Fri): see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, trek along Coastal walk, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Koala Hospital, and finally enjoy the sea views from Tacking Point Lighthouse.

To see maps, ratings, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Port Macquarie trip builder tool.

Fly from Canberra to Port Macquarie in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Canberra in January: highs in Port Macquarie hover around 72°F, while lows dip to 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Hervey Bay.

Things to do in Port Macquarie

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Trails
Find places to stay Jan 19 — 20:

Hervey Bay

— 1 night
With the largest population in the Fraser Coast Region, Hervey Bay is a hub of activity.
On the 21st (Sat), make a splash at WetSide Water Park, grab your bike and head to Esplanade, then see majestic marine mammals with Blue Dolphin Marine Tours, and finally take a leisurely stroll along The Pier.

To find more things to do, ratings, maps, and tourist information, use the Hervey Bay journey planning site.

Fly from Port Macquarie to Hervey Bay in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. When traveling from Port Macquarie in January, plan for somewhat warmer days in Hervey Bay, with highs around 86°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 70°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Hervey Bay

Outdoors · Theme Parks · Tours · Wildlife
Find places to stay Jan 20 — 21:

Australia travel guide

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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.