20 days in Australia Itinerary

20 days in Australia Itinerary

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20 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Toronto
Fly:  23 h 45 min
1
Sydney
— 4 nights
Fly:  4 h 15 min
2
Hobart
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h 45 min
3
Melbourne
— 3 nights
Fly:  3 h 30 min
4
Adelaide
— 3 nights
Fly:  5 h 15 min
5
Cairns
— 3 nights
Bus:  1 h 15 min
6
Port Douglas
— 3 nights
Shuttle + Fly:  29 h
End: Toronto

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: see a show at Sydney Opera House, kick back and relax at Manly Beach, snap pictures at Sydney Harbour Bridge, and take a stroll through Darling Harbour.

For traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Sydney trip planner.

Toronto, Canada to Sydney is an approximately 24-hour flight. You can also do a combination of ferry and flight; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 15 hours traveling from Toronto to Sydney. May in Sydney sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 14°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Hobart.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Bondi to Coogee Walk
Highlights from your plan
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney ©
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney

2
nights
Hobart

Hobart ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Wed): take in the awesome beauty at Mount Wellington, then take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens, then identify plant and animal life at Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary, and finally engage your brain at Grote Reber Museum. On the 7th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at Cascades Female Factory Historic Site, engage your brain at Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, and then indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour.

To find reviews, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read our Hobart trip website .

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Hobart takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, ferry, and bus; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Sydney in May: high temperatures in Hobart hover around 18°C and lows are around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Hobart

Parks Tours Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary, Grote Reber Museum
Highlights from your plan
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary
Mount Wellington ©
Mount Wellington
Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens ©
Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens

3
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: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, soar above the sights with a balloon tour, explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Victoria, and see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum.

To see photos, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Melbourne trip itinerary builder website .

You can fly from Hobart to Melbourne in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In May in Melbourne, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Adelaide.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Tours Museums
Highlights from your plan
Balloon Rides
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo

3
nights
Adelaide

Adelaide exists contentedly as a cultured, diverse, and attractive city with a laid-back center, leafy residential districts, and an underlying cosmopolitan atmosphere.
Get out of town with these interesting Adelaide side-trips: Primo Estate (in McLaren Vale) and The Cedars (in Hahndorf). Next up on the itinerary: indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, explore the world behind art at Flinders University Art Museum & City Gallery, go deep underground at Unique Opal Mine Pty Ltd, and take in nature's colorful creations at Adelaide Botanic Garden.

For photos, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Adelaide online itinerary planner .

You can fly from Melbourne to Adelaide in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In May in Adelaide, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 12°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Adelaide

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Primo Estate, The Cedars
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings
Primo Estate ©
Primo Estate
Art Gallery of South Australia ©
Art Gallery of South Australia

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cairns: Palm Cove (Spas & Palm Cove Beach). The adventure continues: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, admire the striking features of Freshwater Station, and relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Cairns online road trip planner .

You can fly from Adelaide to Cairns in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Adelaide in May; daily highs in Cairns reach 32°C and lows reach 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) to allow time to take a bus to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Palm Cove, The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk

3
nights
Port Douglas

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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sun): take an exotic tour of a safari tour, get interesting insight from Tours, and then stop by With Sugar. On the 18th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get great views at Flagstaff Hill Lookout, then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, then look for all kinds of wild species at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, and finally browse the exhibits of Ngarru Gallery.

For photos, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Port Douglas online sightseeing planner .

You can take a bus from Cairns to Port Douglas in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In May in Port Douglas, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 24°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas ©
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas

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