21 days in Australia Itinerary

21 days in Australia Itinerary

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21 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Glasgow, Scotland
Fly:  24 h
1
Perth
— 3 nights
Train:  45 min
2
Rockingham
— 1 day
+3
Fly + Taxi + Bus + Taxi:  6 h 15 min
3
Kalbarri
— 2 nights
+2
Bus + Taxi + Fly:  11 h 15 min
4
Melbourne
— 4 nights
Fly:  3 h 30 min
5
Canberra
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
6
Sydney
— 4 nights
Fly:  3 h 45 min
7
Brisbane
— 2 nights
Fly:  28 h
End: Glasgow, Scotland

3
nights
Perth

Perth ©
A modern metropolis of glassy skyscrapers, waterside boulevards, and lush residential neighborhoods, Perth sits on the edge of the Swan Coastal Plain.
On the 27th (Sun), take in the views from Elizabeth Quay, then have some family-friendly fun at Elizabeth Quay Carousel, then walk around Kings Park and Botanic Garden, and finally explore the activities along Swan River. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Mon): contemplate the long history of The Perth Mint, then appreciate the history behind State War Memorial, then steep yourself in history at Fremantle Prison, and finally trek along Jacob's Ladder.

For where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Perth online vacation planner.

Glasgow, UK to Perth is an approximately 24-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. You'll lose 8 hours traveling from Glasgow to Perth due to the time zone difference. Prepare for much hotter weather when traveling from Glasgow in December: high temperatures in Perth hover around 35°C and lows are around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Rockingham.

Things to do in Perth

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

Fremantle Prison
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Kings Park and Botanic Garden ©
Kings Park and Botanic Garden
Fremantle Prison ©
Fremantle Prison
Swan River ©
Swan River

1
day
Rockingham

Rockingham ©
Rockingham is a local government area in Western Australia, south-west of Perth city centre and south of Fremantle. Kick off your visit on the 29th (Tue): admire the local landmark of Floating Rock Sphere, then head off the coast to Penguin Island, then see the interesting displays at Rockingham Museum, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Rockingham Beach.

To see reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Rockingham trip itinerary maker.

Take a train from Perth to Rockingham in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to travel to Kalbarri.

Things to do in Rockingham

Parks Wildlife Beaches
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Penguin Island ©
Penguin Island
Rockingham Beach ©
Rockingham Beach
Rockingham Museum ©
Rockingham Museum

2
nights
Kalbarri

Kalbarri
Isolated and lapped at by the warm waters of the Indian Ocean, the town of Kalbarri boasts a picturesque location amid the dunes and sands of westerly Western Australia.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Wed): enjoy the sand and surf at Pot Alley Beach, then look for all kinds of wild species at Kalbarri Pelican Feeding, then explore the activities along Murchison River, and finally push the limits with an extreme tour. On the 31st (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the striking landscape at Zuytdorp Cliffs, explore the striking landscape at Island Rock & Natural Bridge, and then take a memorable tour with Tours.

To find more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read our Kalbarri vacation website.

Getting from Perth to Kalbarri by combination of flight and bus takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Kalbarri

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Pot Alley Beach
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Zuytdorp Cliffs
Zuytdorp Cliffs
Pot Alley Beach ©
Pot Alley Beach
Off-Road Tours

4
nights
Melbourne

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Melbourne is known for museums, shopping, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, contemplate the long history of Old Melbourne Gaol, meet the residents at Melbourne Zoo, and see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum.

To find photos, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read Melbourne day trip planner.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Kalbarri to Melbourne takes 11.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Kalbarri to Melbourne. In January, daily temperatures in Melbourne can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to travel to Canberra.

Things to do in Melbourne

Tours Parks Museums
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Balloon Rides
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo

2
nights
Canberra

Canberra ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Wed): make a trip to Mount Ainslie Lookout, then take an in-depth tour of Australian War Memorial, and then engage your brain at Questacon. On the next day, get your game on at Breakr, get your game on at Axxe, then admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Australia, and finally don't miss a visit to Parliament of Australia.

Plan trip to Canberra with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Fly from Melbourne to Canberra in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in January, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Sydney.

Things to do in Canberra

Museums Childrens Museums Fun & Games
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Australian War Memorial ©
Australian War Memorial
Parliament of Australia ©
Parliament of Australia
National Gallery of Australia ©
National Gallery of Australia

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.
Sydney is known for nightlife, shopping, and beaches. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, wander the streets of Darling Harbour, get to know the fascinating history of The Rocks, and examine the collection at Australian National Maritime Museum.

For traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Sydney online travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Canberra to Sydney takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Canberra in January since evenings lows in Sydney dip to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) early enough to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Bondi to Coogee Walk
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney ©
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney

2
nights
Brisbane

Brisbane ©
Queensland’s biggest town and state capital, Brisbane has an attractive, manicured image based around its riverside aesthetic as well as the contrast between its high-rise center and extensive urban greenery.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Tue): stroll around South Bank Parklands and then walk around Roma Street Parkland. Keep things going the next day: get great views at Mount Coot-tha Lookout, look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, and then get your game on at Zoccer Sports - Bubble Soccer.

For ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read Brisbane trip itinerary maker.

You can fly from Sydney to Brisbane in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in January, and nighttime lows around 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Wildlife Fun & Games
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South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Mount Coot-tha Lookout ©
Mount Coot-tha Lookout

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