The Perfect 3 Week Itinerary in Australia You Need to Check Out

צוקי שלושת האחיות, ביערות הכחולים באוסטרליה (The Blue Mountains)

The Perfect 3-Week Itinerary in Australia
My Recommended 3-week Down Under Travel Plan

With diverse landscapes, vibrant cities, extremely unique wildlife, and friendly locals, Australia, is a stunning continent. If you, like myself, have a limited amount of time to spend in it; you may find the task of planning a 3-week travel itinerary a little overwhelming. To save you the hassle, I’m happy to share with you my personal recommended highlights of the best places to visit, over 3 weeks in The Land Down Under: Australia.

Week 1: Sydney & Cairns


Start your adventure by landing in Australia’s iconic vibrant city – Sydney. Here you can view the epic sights of the Sydney Opera House, Harbour Bridge, and Bondi Beach. Walk around the well-preserved historic (and now ultra-trendy) neighborhood of The Rocks and get a feel of what the city was like in its early days. If time allows, spend a few hours relaxing in the beach front picturesque suburb of Manly Beach.

Bondi Beach, Sidney is an Iconic view


The Blue Mountains

Tired of the hustle and bustle of the city?
For a taste of nature, take a day trip to the Blue Mountains, a UNESCO World Heritage Site known for its dramatic sandstone cliffs and eucalyptus forests, whispering aboriginal tales of ancient times. I would definitely recommend taking an organized day tour there, going out from Sydney’s downtown.

The Three Sisters in The Blue Mountains, provide some epic views


Take a three-hour flight from Sydney up to the tropical town of Cairns. Cairns, in the Northeast of Australia, is your gateway to the Great Barrier Reef, the world’s largest coral reef system. Here you can choose from snorkeling, diving, or a scenic helicopter tour to experience the reef’s breathtaking underwater world.

Explore the Daintree Rainforest, the oldest rainforest in the world, teeming with unique flora and fauna. I would recommend taking the heritage Kuranda Scenic Railway through the scenic views, of the dense forest and scenic waterfalls. The train departs from Cairns and reaches Kuranda Village at the top of the mountains. From there you can catch the Skyrail cable car back to Cairns. There you will view breathtaking panoramic views of the treetops and surrounding region, on the way down. If crocodiles don’t scare you, another activity you can explore, is taking a wildlife cruise on the Daintree River and spotting crocodiles basking in the sun.

Kuranda Scenic Railway tour through the dense forest is quite an experience

Week 2: Uluru & Byron Bay

Uluru (Ayers Rock)

If I ever had to choose a top destination for Australia, for me it would have to be witnessing the majestic Uluru, in Ayers Rock. Located in the heart of the Australian Outback, Uluru is a mystical-looking red rock mass (the largest monolith in the world). It is sacred to the indigenous aboriginal people of Australia.

Uluru, is a stunning must-see destination when visiting Australia
Uluru, is a stunning must-see destination when visiting Australia

Watching it changing colors at sunrise and sunset will make you feel like you’ve landed in a sci-fi film, or on an alternate moon. Learn about the rich cultural significance of Uluru to the Anangu people, the traditional custodians of the land. Explore the surrounding Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park and its equally stunning other formations, like Kata Tjuta, for a deeper understanding of this ancient landscape.

Being at Ayers Rock also allows you the opportunity to learn about Aboriginal culture (the world’s oldest continuous civilization today), through tours and experiences offered by ancient indigenous communities.

Byron Bay

Escape to the laid-back charm of Byron Bay, a haven for surfers, hippies, and nature lovers. Learn to surf at world-famous beaches like Main Beach or Wategos, or simply relax on the golden sand and soak up the sun. Explore the hinterland by bike, and take a lighthouse tour for stunning coastal views. If you have luck on your side, you may be able to spot whales and dolphins swimming through the ocean from the top of the cliff where the lighthouse is located.

Girl playing guitar in front of beach, and the lighthouse atByron Bay, Australia
It’s not wonder international celebrities chose to make it their home: Byron Bay, Australia



Time permitting, take a day trip back to the 1970s nearby hippie town of Nimbin. Get ready to feel like you’ve stepped back in time when walking around town, with its dreadlocked locals, and quirky new-age stores.


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Week 3
Brisbane & Magnetic Island


Artificial beach with city skyline in Brisbane, Australia
Streets Beach, is Australia’s only inner-city, man-made beach

Queensland’s capital city offers a mix of urban excitement and natural beauty. Explore the South Bank Parklands, a vibrant riverside precinct with museums, gardens, an artificial beach, and the iconic Wheel of Brisbane. Immerse yourself in the city’s vibrant arts and food scene, with a variety of restaurants, bars, and cultural events. For a slightly more adventurous experience, you can climb the Brisbane Story Bridge and get a unique view of the city.

Magnetic Island

Magnetic Island was one of my favorite destinations in Australia. Only a short ferry ride from Townsville, it boasts gorgeous views, with cute sea-front town buildings.

Sleepy Koala taking a nap on a tree branch
Watch the koalas sleeping up on the trees, during a walk on the island


Magnetic Island beach, Australia
Early morning beach at Magnetic Island

Everything on the island is conveniently close enough via a short bus or car ride. I loved relaxing at the pristine beaches on which cute wallabies roamed during sunrise or sunset. Waking up to the chirps of colorful birds, and going on a short hike, where you can spot koalas hanging on the eucalyptus trees were some additional highlights.

3-week Australia itinerary route map (click on image for details)

Beyond the Itinerary:

Australia offers countless options; this plan just serves as a basic outline for my top recommendations for the Eastern part of Australia.
If you would like to include additional destinations and experiences along the route I’ve recommended, you may consider adding the following:

• Whitsunday Islands: comprised of 74 islands well-known for their turquoise waters and perfect sandy white beaches.

• Kangaroo Island or Kakadu National Park: Take a wildlife safari in these destinations and observe kangaroos, wallabies, and other native species.

In conclusion:

With the sheer huge-scale and diverse geography of Australia, it can get a bit daunting to plan before taking the trip. But seeing the recommended highlights mentioned on this post should enable you to experience the best of East and Central Australia easily, within a 3 week time-frame. Moreover, rest assured that whatever you eventually choose to see in this enchanting continent, with its breathtaking scenery, unique experiences, and hospitable people – it’s bound to leave you with priceless memories .

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