20 days in Australia Itinerary

20 days in Australia Itinerary

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20 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Lyon
tram + Fly:  25​h
1
Perth
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
2
Melbourne
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Sydney
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
4
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 3 nights
Fly + shuttle:  5​h 45​min
5
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
6
Cairns
— 2 nights
Fly + tram:  27​h
End: Lyon

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Tue): savor the flavors at Food & Drink and then explore the activities along Swan River. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the natural beauty at Kings Park and Botanic Garden, then get engrossed in the history at The Nostalgia Box Museum, and then contemplate the long history of Fremantle Prison.

For traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read Perth trip itinerary maker .

Lyon, France to Perth is an approximately 25-hour combination of tram and flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train, bus, and flight. Traveling from Lyon to Perth, you'll lose 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for much warmer weather when traveling from Lyon in December: high temperatures in Perth hover around 35°C and lows are around 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Perth

Parks Tours Museums

Side Trip

Fremantle Prison
Highlights from your plan
Kings Park and Botanic Garden ©
Kings Park and Botanic Garden
Fremantle Prison ©
Fremantle Prison
Swan River ©
Swan River

3
nights
Melbourne

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Step out of Melbourne to go to Torquay and see The Great Ocean Road, which is approximately 1h 20 min away. There's still lots to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, brush up on your military savvy at Shrine of Remembrance, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Melbourne Zoo, and examine the collection at Melbourne Museum.

For photos, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Melbourne holiday builder tool .

You can fly from Perth to Melbourne in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Perth to Melbourne. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Perth in December: high temperatures in Melbourne hover around 30°C and lows are around 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Outdoors Parks Museums

Side Trip

The Great Ocean Road
Highlights from your plan
Balloon Rides
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo

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, trails, beaches, shopping, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the striking features of Sydney Opera House, wander the streets of Darling Harbour, trek along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, and admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney.

To find other places to visit, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Sydney visit planner .

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Sydney takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Traveling from Melbourne in December, plan for a bit warmer nights in Sydney, with lows around 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge

3
nights
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

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: take in the dramatic natural features at Uluru, get great views at Uluru, head outdoors with Walpa Gorge, and explore the activities along Mutitjulu Waterhole.

Before you visit Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

You can fly from Sydney to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 5.5 hours. Another option is to drive. When traveling from Sydney in January, plan for a bit warmer days in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, with highs around 43°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga ©
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga
Mutitjulu Waterhole ©
Mutitjulu Waterhole

2
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 6th (Mon): look for all kinds of wild species at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On your second day here, take an exotic tour of a safari tour, then meet the residents at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, and then stop by With Sugar.

To find reviews, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Port Douglas trip builder .

You can do a combination of flight and shuttle from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Port Douglas in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in January, you will find days in Port Douglas are a bit cooler (37°C), and nights are about the same (28°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to catcht the bus to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Wed): trek along Esplanade Boardwalk, pause for some serene contemplation at St Monica's Cathedral, and then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. On the 9th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour and then have fun at Esplanade Lagoon Pool.

To see other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Cairns driving holiday planning website .

Traveling by bus from Port Douglas to Cairns takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in January, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk
Esplanade Lagoon Pool ©
Esplanade Lagoon Pool

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