20 days in Australia Itinerary

20 days in Australia Itinerary

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20 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  24​h
Brisbane
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
Byron Bay
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
Coffs Harbour
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
Port Macquarie
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
Newcastle
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
Melbourne
— 2 nights
Fly + shuttle:  7​h 15​min
Port Douglas
— 1 night
shuttle + Fly:  26​h
End: London

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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.
Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Museum of Brisbane, then revel in the low prices at Harbour Town Outlet Shopping Centre, and then admire the masterpieces at GOMA.

For maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Brisbane trip itinerary planner .

London, UK to Brisbane is an approximately 24-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight, bus, and train. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) (AEST) is 10 hours. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from London in August since evenings lows in Brisbane dip to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Byron Bay.

Things to do in Brisbane

#Shopping, #Wildlife, #Parks

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Harbour Town Outlet Shopping Centre
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GOMA
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Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Mon): trek along Cape Byron Walking Track, make a trip to The Byron Bay Book Exchange, then take in the exciting artwork at Jules Hunt Studio Gallery, then take in the exciting artwork at Hammer and Hand Byron Bay Jewellery and Metal Collective, and finally browse the eclectic array of goods at Byron Bay Farmers Market. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Tue): browse the eclectic array of goods at Lismore Car Boot Market, browse the different shops at Star Court Arcade, then view the masterpieces at Lismore Regional Gallery, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Bexhill Open Air Cathedral.

To find more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Byron Bay trip itinerary website .

Getting from Brisbane to Byron Bay by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Brisbane in August, plan for slightly colder nights in Byron Bay, with lows around 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Coffs Harbour.

Things to do in Byron Bay

#Shopping, #Museums, #Parks

Side Trips

Lismore, Bexhill Open Air Cathedral
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Star Court Arcade ©
Star Court Arcade
Cape Byron Walking Track
Cape Byron Walking Track
Bexhill Open Air Cathedral ©
Bexhill Open Air Cathedral

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nights
Coffs Harbour

Coffs Harbour ©
Nestled between the mountains and the ocean, Coffs Harbour is one of the larger cities in New South Wales.
On the 15th (Wed), look for gifts at The Yellow Shed, hunt for treasures at Bellingen Community Markets, then look for gifts at The Woodcraft Gallery, then take in the exciting artwork at Theblackhole, and finally stop by Sweet Bellingen. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Thu): learn about winemaking at Raleigh Vineyard & Winery, then take in the exciting artwork at Bunker Cartoon Gallery, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Coffs Harbour Beach, and finally identify plant and animal life at Korora Lookout.

To find reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Coffs Harbour route builder website .

Traveling by car from Byron Bay to Coffs Harbour takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. August in Coffs Harbour sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 10°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can drive to Port Macquarie.

Things to do in Coffs Harbour

#Shopping, #Parks, #Beaches

Side Trips

Bellingen, Raleigh Vineyard & Winery
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Bellingen Community Markets ©
Bellingen Community Markets
Raleigh Vineyard & Winery ©
Raleigh Vineyard & Winery
Korora Lookout ©
Korora Lookout

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Port Macquarie

Port Macquarie ©
Known for its numerous beaches and resident koala population, Port Macquarie offers visitors a welcoming environment in which to unwind.
On the 17th (Fri), trek along Coastal walk, then look for all kinds of wild species at Koala Hospital, and then pause for some serene contemplation at St Thomas Anglican Church. Keep things going the next day: look for gifts at Vasnas Designs, get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and then enjoy the sea views from Tacking Point Lighthouse.

To see other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Port Macquarie online itinerary builder .

Traveling by car from Coffs Harbour to Port Macquarie takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Coffs Harbour in August, expect nights in Port Macquarie to be about the same, around 11°C, while days are slightly colder, around 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Newcastle.

Things to do in Port Macquarie

#Wildlife, #Outdoors, #Parks

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Vasnas Designs
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Koala Hospital ©
Koala Hospital
Coastal walk ©
Coastal walk
Tacking Point Lighthouse ©
Tacking Point Lighthouse

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Newcastle

Newcastle ©
While Newcastle is known for its coal exports, it's also made a name for itself with a cultural boom.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sun): look for all kinds of wild species at Tomaree Head, then visit a coastal fixture at Point Stephens Lighthouse, and then look for gifts at Inner City Winemakers. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the galleries of Port Stephens Community Art Centre, then enjoy the sand and surf at Nobbys Beach, and then go for a walk through Newcastle Memorial Walk.

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Traveling by car from Port Macquarie to Newcastle takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. When traveling from Port Macquarie in August, plan for somewhat warmer days and a bit cooler nights in Newcastle: temperatures range from 22°C by day to 7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to drive to Sydney.

Things to do in Newcastle

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Shopping

Side Trips

Tomaree Head, Point Stephens Lighthouse, Port Stephens Community Art Centre, Inner City Winemakers
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Tomaree Head ©
Tomaree Head
Nobbys Beach ©
Nobbys Beach
Inner City Winemakers ©
Inner City Winemakers

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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.
Head to Sydney Fish Market and Haigh's Chocolates Strand Arcadefor some retail therapy. Get outdoors at Bondi Beach and Coogee Beach. There's still lots to do: wander the streets of The Rocks, kick back and relax at Clovelly, listen to music at Sydney Opera House, and stroll through Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk.

To find reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Sydney trip itinerary maker site .

Getting from Newcastle to Sydney by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or fly. In August, daytime highs in Sydney are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can travel to Melbourne.

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#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches
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The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Manly Beach
Manly Beach

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Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Fri): examine the collection at Melbourne Museum, admire the striking features of Shrine of Remembrance, and then take a stroll through Melbourne Central. On your second day here, look for gifts at Yarra Valley Chocolaterie & Ice Creamery, then admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Victoria, and then take a stroll through Degraves Street.

To find other places to visit, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read Melbourne online trip builder .

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Melbourne takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In August, Melbourne is little chillier than Sydney - with highs of 16°C and lows of 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Melbourne

#Museums, #Shopping, #Neighborhoods

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Yarra Valley Chocolaterie & Ice Creamery
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Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum
Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance
National Gallery of Victoria ©
National Gallery of Victoria

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night
Port Douglas

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.
On the 26th (Sun), take in the exciting artwork at Ngarru Gallery, stop by Coffee Works, then look for all kinds of wild species at Mossman Gorge, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, and finally browse the exhibits of Des Spencer Galleries. On the 27th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stop by With Sugar, tour the pleasant surroundings at Trinity Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Palm Cove Beach.

For ratings, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read Port Douglas road trip site .

Do a combination of flight and shuttle from Melbourne to Port Douglas in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Expect much hotter weather when traveling from Melbourne in August: highs in Port Douglas hover around 31°C, while lows dip to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Port Douglas

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trips

Mossman Gorge, Trinity Beach, Palm Cove Beach
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Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas ©
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas

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