20 days in Australia Itinerary

20 days in Australia Itinerary

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20 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  25​h
1
Sydney
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
2
Cairns
— 1 night
Travel:  2​h 45​min
3
Fitzroy Island
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h
4
Brisbane
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Gold Coast
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Byron Bay
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
7
Coffs Harbour
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
8
Newcastle
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
9
Pokolbin
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
10
Katoomba
— 1 night
train + Fly:  27​h
End: London

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sun): wander the streets of The Rocks, then admire the landmark architecture of Sydney Opera House, and then wander the streets of Darling Harbour. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Clovelly, then stroll through Bondi Beach, then hike along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, and finally see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Sydney tour builder .

London, UK to Sydney is an approximately 24-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference when traveling from London to Sydney is 10 hours. In March, Sydney is much hotter than London - with highs of 30°C and lows of 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Sydney

#Outdoors, #Neighborhoods, #Parks
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The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House

1
night
Cairns

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 20th (Tue): take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Monica's Cathedral, then kick back and relax at Trinity Beach, and then take in the exciting artwork at Underart Gallery.

For other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, use the Cairns sightseeing website .

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Cairns takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Sydney in March, things will get somewhat warmer in Cairns: highs are around 36°C and lows about 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) to allow time to travel to Fitzroy Island.

Things to do in Cairns

#Outdoors, #Beaches, #Parks

Side Trip

Trinity Beach
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Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
St Monica's Cathedral ©
St Monica's Cathedral

3
nights
Fitzroy Island

Fitzroy Island ©
Spend the 21st (Wed) exploring nature at Fitzroy Island National Park.

To see traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Fitzroy Island holiday maker website .

Explore your travel options from Cairns to Fitzroy Island with the Route module. March in Fitzroy Island sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 27°C at night. You'll set off for Brisbane on the 24th (Sat).

Things to do in Fitzroy Island

#Nature, #Parks
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Fitzroy Island National Park ©
Fitzroy Island National Park

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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Sun): explore the world behind art at GOMA, examine the collection at Queensland Museum & Sciencentre, then steep yourself in history at Newstead House, and finally kick back and relax at Moffat Beach.

For traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Brisbane trip maker .

Explore your travel options from Fitzroy Island to Brisbane with the Route module. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Fitzroy Island in March: high temperatures in Brisbane hover around 32°C and lows are around 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Brisbane

#Museums, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trip

Moffat Beach
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Queensland Museum & Sciencentre ©
Queensland Museum & Sciencentre
Newstead House ©
Newstead House
GOMA ©
GOMA

2
nights
Gold Coast

Gold Coast ©
A city of towering skyscrapers, sandy beaches, and tree-lined streets, Gold Coast has an unpretentious air complemented by a citywide focus on sports and the arts.
On the 26th (Mon), get in on the family fun at Infinity Attraction, look for all kinds of wild species at David Fleay Wildlife Park, then enjoy the sea views from Fingal Head Lighthouse, and finally explore the wealth of natural beauty at Burleigh Head National Park. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sand and surf at Burleigh Heads Beach, kick back and relax at Surfer's Paradise Beach, and then see the interesting displays at Ripley's Believe It Or Not! Surfers Paradise.

To see maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Gold Coast day trip planning tool .

You can drive from Brisbane to Gold Coast in 1.5 hours. In March in Gold Coast, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 23°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Byron Bay.

Things to do in Gold Coast

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trip

Fingal Head Lighthouse
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Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park
Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Surfer's Paradise Beach
Surfer's Paradise Beach

2
nights
Byron Bay

Byron Bay ©
Named after Lord Byron's grandfather, Byron Bay is not only famous as the easternmost point of Australia, but even more so as one of the liveliest vacation spots in the country.
On the 28th (Wed), visit a coastal fixture at Cape Byron Lighthouse, then stroll through Cape Byron Walking Track, and then take a memorable tour with Tours. On the 29th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Belongil Beach, then view the masterpieces at Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre, and then kick back and relax at Lennox Head Beach.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Byron Bay online trip builder .

You can drive from Gold Coast to Byron Bay in 1.5 hours. In March, daytime highs in Byron Bay are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Coffs Harbour.

Things to do in Byron Bay

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Beaches

Side Trips

Lennox Head Beach, Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre
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Belongil Beach ©
Belongil Beach
Cape Byron Lighthouse ©
Cape Byron Lighthouse
Cape Byron Walking Track
Cape Byron Walking Track

1
night
Coffs Harbour

Coffs Harbour ©
Nestled between the mountains and the ocean, Coffs Harbour is one of the larger cities in New South Wales.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Fri): learn about winemaking at Raleigh Vineyard & Winery and then stroll through Coffs Harbour Beach.

To find other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Coffs Harbour travel itinerary planner .

Drive from Byron Bay to Coffs Harbour in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In March, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) so you can go by car to Newcastle.

Things to do in Coffs Harbour

#Outdoors, #Beaches, #Parks

Side Trip

Raleigh Vineyard & Winery
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Raleigh Vineyard & Winery ©
Raleigh Vineyard & Winery

1
night
Newcastle

Newcastle ©
While Newcastle is known for its coal exports, it's also made a name for itself with a cultural boom.
On the 31st (Sat), examine the collection at Newcastle Museum and then stroll through Nobbys Beach.

To find ratings, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Newcastle road trip tool .

Drive from Coffs Harbour to Newcastle in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of flight and train. March in Newcastle sees daily highs of 31°C and lows of 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) early enough to drive to Pokolbin.

Things to do in Newcastle

#Outdoors, #Beaches, #Parks
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Nobbys Beach ©
Nobbys Beach
Newcastle Museum ©
Newcastle Museum

2
nights
Pokolbin

Pokolbin ©
With its first vineyards established in the mid 19th century, wine tourism in Pokolbin remains a major draw.
To see more things to do, reviews, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Pokolbin online route planner .

Getting from Newcastle to Pokolbin by car takes about an hour. Other options: do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 31°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can drive to Katoomba.

Things to do in Pokolbin

#Outdoors, #Zoos & Aquariums, #Wineries

Side Trips

ISKCON Sydney, Hunter Valley Zoo
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Hunter Valley Zoo ©
Hunter Valley Zoo
Leogate Estate Wines ©
Leogate Estate Wines
Scarborough Wine Co ©
Scarborough Wine Co

1
night
Katoomba

Located off of the Great Western Highway, Katoomba is the main hub of the City of Blue Mountains.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour and then take in the dramatic scenery at Wentworth Falls.

For photos, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Katoomba travel route builder tool .

Traveling by car from Pokolbin to Katoomba takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of bus and train. In April, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Katoomba

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Wildlife

Side Trips

Everglades Historic House and Gardens, The National Pass, Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum
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Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
The National Pass ©
The National Pass
Wentworth Falls ©
Wentworth Falls

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