20 days in Australia Itinerary

20 days in Australia Itinerary

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20 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Fly:  18​h 15​min
1
Brisbane
— 1 night
Fly + Drive:  4​h 30​min
2
Parramatta
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
3
Waverley
— 2 nights
Drive:  45​min
4
Manly
— 1 night
+2
ferry + train + Fly:  3​h
5
Canberra
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 30​min
6
Melbourne
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
7
Ballarat
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
8
St Kilda
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 30​min
9
Launceston
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
10
Hobart
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 30​min
11
Adelaide
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 30​min
12
Darwin
— 1 day
Fly:  4​h 15​min
13
Cairns
— 2 nights
Fly:  18​h 45​min
End: San Francisco

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Fri): identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, then let the kids burn off some steam at South Bank Parklands, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nepalese Pagoda. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Queensland Museum & Sciencentre, then admire the masterpieces at Queensland Art Gallery, and then take some stellar pictures from Mount Coot-tha Lookout.

Make your Brisbane itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

San Francisco, USA to Brisbane is an approximately 18.5-hour combination of subway and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of bus, train, and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 18 hours traveling from San Francisco to Brisbane. In June, daytime highs in Brisbane are 70°F, while nighttime lows are 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to travel to Manly.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Museums Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Queensland Art Gallery ©
Queensland Art Gallery

2
nights
Parramatta

Parramatta ©
Parramatta is a suburb of Sydney, Australia, 23km west of its central business district on the banks of the Parramatta River. On the 9th (Sun), pause for some serene contemplation at Ebenezer Church, contemplate the long history of The Australiana Pioneer Village, then look for all kinds of wild species at Featherdale Wildlife Park, and finally tour or see a game at Sydney Olympic Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to Lennox Bridge, examine the collection at Valley Heights Locomotive Depot Heritage Museum, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Faulconbridge Cemetery, then admire the masterpieces at Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum, and finally get engrossed in the history at The New South Wales Lancers Memorial Museum.

For where to stay, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Parramatta day trip planning site .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Brisbane to Parramatta. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Brisbane in June; daily highs in Parramatta reach 64°F and lows reach 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Waverley.

Things to do in Parramatta

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Faulconbridge, Featherdale Wildlife Park, Lennox Bridge, Valley Heights Locomotive Depot Heritage Museum, The Australiana Pioneer Village
Highlights from your plan
Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum ©
Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum
The Australiana Pioneer Village ©
The Australiana Pioneer Village

2
nights
Waverley

Waverley ©
Start off your visit on the 11th (Tue): stroll the grounds of Waverley Cemetery, take in the pleasant sights at The Federation Cliff Walk, take some stellar pictures from Johnstons Lookout, then contemplate the waterfront views at Parsley Bay Reserve, then visit a coastal fixture at Macquarie Lighthouse, and finally get outside with Christison Park. Keep things going the next day: stroll through Taronga Zoo, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Nielsen Park, then steep yourself in history at Vaucluse House, and finally kick back and relax at Bronte Beach.

To see where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Waverley day trip website .

You can drive from Parramatta to Waverley in an hour. In June in Waverley, expect temperatures between 64°F during the day and 50°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Manly.

Things to do in Waverley

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Sydney, Taronga Zoo, Waverley Cemetery
Highlights from your plan
Taronga Zoo ©
Taronga Zoo
Vaucluse House ©
Vaucluse House
Macquarie Lighthouse ©
Macquarie Lighthouse

1
night
Manly

Manly ©
Located 11 km (7 mi) across the harbor from Sydney, a holiday in Manly combines quiet neighborhood charm and coastal attractions, all the while placing you within easy access to the big city.
On the 13th (Thu), stroll through Shelly Beach, explore the galleries of Aboriginal Fine Art and Craft, then identify plant and animal life at North Head Sanctuary, and finally steep yourself in history at Manly Quarantine Station.

For where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Manly road trip site .

You can drive from Waverley to Manly in an hour. In June, plan for daily highs up to 64°F, and evening lows to 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Canberra.

Things to do in Manly

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
North Head Sanctuary ©
North Head Sanctuary
Manly Quarantine Station ©
Manly Quarantine Station
Aboriginal Fine Art and Craft ©
Aboriginal Fine Art and Craft

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Fri): get curious at Questacon, admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Australia, then get engrossed in the history at Australian War Memorial, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at St John the Baptist Church.

For where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Canberra trip planner .

Traveling by combination of ferry and flight from Manly to Canberra takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Traveling from Manly in June, things will get slightly colder in Canberra: highs are around 55°F and lows about 33°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Canberra

Museums Childrens Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Australian War Memorial ©
Australian War Memorial
National Gallery of Australia ©
National Gallery of Australia
Questacon ©
Questacon

2
nights
Melbourne

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sat): examine the collection at Melbourne Museum, brush up on your military savvy at Shrine of Remembrance, then explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Victoria, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck 88. Keep things going the next day: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

For where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Melbourne trip planner .

You can fly from Canberra to Melbourne in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Canberra in June, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Melbourne, with lows of 42°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Ballarat.

Things to do in Melbourne

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
Highlights from your plan
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum
National Gallery of Victoria ©
National Gallery of Victoria

1
night
Ballarat

Ballarat ©
Modern Ballarat is known for its study and innovation of alternative energy sources.
On the 17th (Mon), look for all kinds of wild species at Ballarat Wildlife Park, steep yourself in history at Sovereign Hill, and then take an in-depth tour of The Gold Museum.

To see ratings, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Ballarat trip itinerary website .

You can take a train from Melbourne to Ballarat in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 57°F in June, and nighttime lows around 42°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can go by car to St Kilda.

Things to do in Ballarat

Museums Historic Sites Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Sovereign Hill ©
Sovereign Hill
Ballarat Wildlife Park ©
Ballarat Wildlife Park
The Gold Museum ©
The Gold Museum

1
night
St Kilda

St Kilda ©
St Kilda is an inner suburb (neighbourhood) of the metropolitan area of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 6 km south-east of Melbourne's Central Business District. Kick off your visit on the 18th (Tue): contemplate the long history of Rippon Lea Estate, see the interesting displays at Scienceworks, then kick back and relax at St. Kilda Beach, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at St John's Anglican Church.

To see maps, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the St Kilda driving holiday app .

Getting from Ballarat to St Kilda by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and tram; or take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 57°F, and evening lows to 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can travel to Launceston.

Things to do in St Kilda

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

St John's Anglican Church, Rippon Lea Estate, Scienceworks
Highlights from your plan
Rippon Lea Estate ©
Rippon Lea Estate
Scienceworks ©
Scienceworks
St John's Anglican Church ©
St John's Anglican Church

1
night
Launceston

Launceston ©
Lying in the Tamar Valley and surrounded by forested hills, the grid-patterned city of Launceston boasts shaded avenues, vibrant street life, and a cosmopolitan atmosphere.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Wed): take an in-depth tour of Queen Victoria Museum & Art Gallery, look for all kinds of wild species at Cataract Gorge Reserve, then snap pictures at Alexandra Suspension Bridge, then contemplate the long history of Woolmers Estate, and finally contemplate the long history of Brickendon Colonial Farm Village.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Launceston holiday planning tool .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from St Kilda to Launceston takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of ferry and car. Traveling from St Kilda in June, plan for little chillier nights in Launceston, with lows around 37°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can go by car to Hobart.

Things to do in Launceston

Wildlife Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Longford
Highlights from your plan
Cataract Gorge Reserve ©
Cataract Gorge Reserve
Woolmers Estate ©
Woolmers Estate
Brickendon Colonial Farm Village ©
Brickendon Colonial Farm Village

1
night
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.
On the 20th (Thu), steep yourself in history at Hobart Convict Penitentiary, take in the pleasant sights at Battery Point Sculpture Trail, contemplate the long history of Cascades Female Factory Historic Site, then engage your brain at Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, then identify plant and animal life at Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary, and finally take a leisurely stroll along Constitution Dock.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Hobart trip itinerary website .

Traveling by car from Launceston to Hobart takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 56°F, and evening lows to 41°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Adelaide.

Things to do in Hobart

Historic Sites Museums Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary
Battery Point Sculpture Trail ©
Battery Point Sculpture Trail

1
night
Adelaide

Adelaide ©
Adelaide exists contentedly as a cultured, diverse, and attractive city with a laid-back center, leafy residential districts, and an underlying cosmopolitan atmosphere.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Fri): look for all kinds of wild species at Cleland Wildlife Park, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Scots Church Adelaide, then explore the world behind art at Art Gallery of South Australia, then get a new perspective on nature at South Australian Museum, and finally contemplate the long history of Adelaide Oval.

For photos, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read Adelaide trip itinerary planning website .

You can fly from Hobart to Adelaide in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and train. In June, daytime highs in Adelaide are 60°F, while nighttime lows are 45°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can travel to Darwin.

Things to do in Adelaide

Wildlife Parks Museums

Side Trip

Cleland Wildlife Park
Highlights from your plan
Cleland Wildlife Park ©
Cleland Wildlife Park
Adelaide Oval ©
Adelaide Oval
South Australian Museum ©
South Australian Museum

1
day
Darwin

The smallest of Australia’s state capitals, Darwin has nevertheless become an attractive and important urban center, being simultaneously one of the country’s most modernized cities and a gateway to both the Top End region and South East Asia.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): take a memorable tour with Tours.

To see more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Darwin trip itinerary planning app .

Traveling by flight from Adelaide to Darwin takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Adelaide in June, things will get warmer in Darwin: highs are around 88°F and lows about 70°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Darwin

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
Highlights from your plan
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): experience rural life at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, look for gifts at Village Gallery, then learn about all things military at The Australian Armour & Artillery Museum, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Monica's Cathedral. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Cairns online trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by flight from Darwin to Cairns takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Darwin, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Cairns, ranging from highs of 79°F to lows of 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Palm Cove
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
St Monica's Cathedral ©
St Monica's Cathedral

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