20 days in Australia Itinerary

20 days in Australia Itinerary

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Sydney
— 3 nights
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Melbourne
— 3 nights
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Torquay
— 1 night
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Airlie Beach
— 2 nights
Ferry to Hamilton Island, Fly to Cairns
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Cairns
— 3 nights
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Port Douglas
— 2 nights
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Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 2 nights
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Perth
— 1 night
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Sydney

— 3 nights

The Harbour City

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, beaches, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: trek along Bondi to Coogee Walk, make a trip to Sydney Opera House, explore the striking landscape at Mrs Macquarie's Chair, and get to know the fascinating history of The Rocks.

To see ratings, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Sydney trip planner.

Johannesburg, South Africa to Sydney is an approximately 15-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from South Africa Standard Time (SAST) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) is 8 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Sydney can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) to allow time to fly to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Melbourne

— 3 nights

Australia's Garden City

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Go for a jaunt from Melbourne to Werribee to see Werribee Open Range Zoo about 42 minutes away. The adventure continues: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, examine the collection at Melbourne Museum, enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck, and make a trip to Melbourne Star Observation Wheel.

For where to stay, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Melbourne route planning website.

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Melbourne takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Sydney in December since evenings lows in Melbourne dip to 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Torquay.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trip

Torquay

— 1 night
Set against the stark but scenic coastline of the Bass Strait--the body of water separating Victoria and Tasmania--Torquay is a prime location for surfing and beach life in general.
On the 2nd (Thu), admire all the interesting features of The Great Ocean Road.

To see ratings, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read our Torquay online trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Melbourne to Torquay takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Torquay are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can fly to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Torquay

Scenic Drive · Outdoors
Highlights from your trip

Airlie Beach

— 2 nights

Gateway to the Whitsundays

Very much a town with an emphasis on the tropical lifestyle, Airlie Beach offers exotic surroundings with palm trees and charming, sandy beaches.
On the 3rd (Fri), race across the water with a speed boat tour and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: identify plant and animal life at Daydream Island Living Reef, get some thrills out on the water with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Airlie Beach Lagoon.

To find where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Airlie Beach route planning app.

Traveling by flight from Torquay to Airlie Beach takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Torquay in January, things will get a bit warmer in Airlie Beach: highs are around 34°C and lows about 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trip

Cairns

— 3 nights

The Gateway to the Great Barrier Reef

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.
When in Cairns, make a side trip to see Palm Cove Beach in Palm Cove, approximately Palm Cove away. And it doesn't end there: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, tour the pleasant surroundings at Esplanade Boardwalk, and get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Cairns Aquarium.

To find out how to plan a trip to Cairns, use our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by combination of ferry and flight from Airlie Beach to Cairns takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in January, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to drive to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Port Douglas

— 2 nights
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.
On the 8th (Wed), take an exotic tour of a safari tour, then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then look for gifts at With Sugar. Here are some ideas for day two: get outside with Horses in Port, then explore the gorgeous colors at Opal Reef, and then identify plant and animal life at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Port Douglas using our trip planner.

You can drive from Cairns to Port Douglas in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. January in Port Douglas sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can fly to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Parks

Side Trip

Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

— 2 nights
Please note that visitors are no longer allowed to trek up Uluru.

Located right in the center of Australia, the national park boasts perhaps the country's most iconic natural symbol and a sacred place for the region's indigenous people--as well as Kata Tjuta, a collection of 36 red rocks forming an equally distinctive sight.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Fri): trek along Kuniya Walk, then contemplate the waterfront views at Mutitjulu Waterhole, then explore and take pictures at Uluru, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Uluru Hiking Path. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Sat): take in the dramatic natural features at Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga, then explore the striking landscape at Walpa Gorge, and then admire the verdant scenery at Valley of the Winds.

To find traveler tips, photos, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip app.

You can fly from Port Douglas to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Port Douglas to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, you'll gain 0.5 hours due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Port Douglas, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, ranging from highs of 43°C to lows of 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can fly to Perth.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors

Perth

— 1 night

City of Light

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 12th (Sun): get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour and then take in nature's colorful creations at Kings Park and Botanic Garden. Here are some ideas for day two: steep yourself in history at The Perth Mint and then explore the activities along Swan River.

To see reviews, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read Perth trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Perth takes 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1.5 hours traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Perth. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in January, with highs in Perth at 38°C and lows at 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Perth

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trip

Australia travel guide

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Beaches · Gardens · Wildlife Areas
Australia is a country of breathtaking beauty and unforgettable adventure. From coast to coast you’ll find ancient rainforests, towering cities, stunning outback landscapes and white sand beaches. It’s not only the scenery that varies here, but also the lifestyle. Lay back and relax within a coastal paradise, explore the bustling laneways of a lively metropolis, or feed your sense of adventure in the most remote and remarkable pockets of the country. Whether you’re connecting with Aboriginal culture, tasting seafood straight from the ocean, or diving with gentle whale sharks, you’ll discover why there’s nothing like Australia.