21 days in Australia & Curacao Itinerary

21 days in Australia & Curacao Itinerary

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21 days in Australia & Curacao Itinerary

Start: Melbourne, Australia
1
Melbourne, Australia
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Sydney, Australia
— 4 nights
Fly:  30​h
3
Willemstad, Curacao
— 3 nights
Fly:  33​h
4
Brisbane, Australia
— 1 night
Fly + shuttle:  6​h
5
Port Douglas, Australia
— 1 night
bus:  1​h 15​min
6
Cairns, Australia
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
7
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, Australia
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
End: Melbourne, Australia


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Melbourne, Australia

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, parks, nightlife, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum, explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Victoria, and get to know the resident critters at Melbourne Zoo.

To find where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Melbourne holiday planner.

If you are flying in from Australia, the closest major airport is Melbourne International Airport. In September, daytime highs in Melbourne are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Museums Historic Sites
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Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo

4
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Sydney, Australia

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.
Step out of Sydney to go to Katoomba and see Wentworth Falls, which is approximately 1h 30 min away. There's lots more to do: see a show at Sydney Opera House, take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, make a trip to Sydney Harbour Bridge, and take a stroll through Darling Harbour.

To find reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Sydney online day trip planner .

Getting from Melbourne to Sydney by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Traveling from Melbourne in September, things will get a bit warmer in Sydney: highs are around 25°C and lows about 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to travel to Willemstad.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Wentworth Falls
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge

3
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Willemstad, Curacao

Willemstad ©
Willemstad is the capital city of Curaçao, an island in the southern Caribbean Sea that forms a constituent country of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. Willemstad is known for wildlife, nature, beaches, adventure, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the views from Queen Emma Pontoon Bridge, admire all the interesting features of The Aloe Vera Plantation, Home of Curaloe, sample the fine beverages at Curacao Liqueur Distillery, and take in the waterfront at Handelskade.

For ratings, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Willemstad day trip planning app .

You can fly from Sydney to Willemstad in 30 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) to Atlantic Standard Time, which is usually a -14 hour difference. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Sydney in September: highs in Willemstad hover around 38°C, while lows dip to 32°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Fri) to allow time for travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Willemstad

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Curacao
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Klein (Little) Curacao ©
Klein (Little) Curacao
Queen Emma Pontoon Bridge ©
Queen Emma Pontoon Bridge
Cas Abao Beach ©
Cas Abao Beach

1
night
Brisbane, Australia

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 22nd (Sun): stroll around South Bank Parklands. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get great views at Mount Coot-tha Lookout, then identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, and then look for gifts at Noosa Chocolate Factory.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, use the Brisbane road trip app .

Explore your travel options from Willemstad to Brisbane with the Route module. Traveling from Willemstad to Brisbane, you'll lose 14 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Willemstad in September, plan for slightly colder days and much colder nights in Brisbane: temperatures range from 28°C by day to 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Wildlife Shopping
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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

1
night
Port Douglas, Australia

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 24th (Tue): take a memorable tour with Tours. Here are some ideas for day two: experience rural life at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, get to know the resident critters at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, and then don't miss a visit to St Mary’s by The Sea chapel.

To find where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Port Douglas trip maker website .

Getting from Brisbane to Port Douglas by combination of flight and shuttle takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Brisbane in September, things will get somewhat warmer in Port Douglas: highs are around 33°C and lows about 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to take a bus to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas ©
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas

2
nights
Cairns, Australia

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 26th (Thu), discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On the next day, enjoy some diversion at Esplanade Lagoon Pool, hike along Esplanade Boardwalk, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Gardens.

To find photos, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Cairns trip planner .

Getting from Port Douglas to Cairns by bus takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a shuttle. In September, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk
Botanical Gardens ©
Botanical Gardens

3
nights
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, Australia

Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park ©
For quintessential Outback scenery and culture, you can't beat a holiday in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, a World Heritage Site.
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is known for nature, museums, outdoors, trails, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Uluru, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Kata Tjuta, get outside with Walpa Gorge, and trek along Kuniya Walk.

For traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip maker website .

You can fly from Cairns to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 5 hours. Another option is to drive. Expect slightly colder evenings in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park when traveling from Cairns in September, with lows around 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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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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