20 days in Australia Itinerary

20 days in Australia Itinerary

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20 days in Australia Itinerary

Perth
Fly:  11​h 45​min
Kakadu National Park
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
Alice Springs
— 3 nights
taxi + Fly:  1​h 30​min
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
Cairns
— 4 nights
Fly + train:  5​h 45​min
Leura
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
Melbourne
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
Perth
— 1 night
Perth

1
day
Kakadu National Park

Kakadu National Park ©
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Wed): contemplate the long history of Nourlangie Rock and then look for all kinds of wild species at Anbangbang Billabong.

To see ratings, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Kakadu National Park trip site .

Perth to Kakadu National Park is an approximately 12-hour flight. You can also take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Perth to Kakadu National Park. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to travel to Alice Springs.

Things to do in Kakadu National Park

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Nourlangie Rock ©
Nourlangie Rock

2
days
Alice Springs

Alice Springs ©
Situated right in the heart of Australia, Alice Springs serves as an urban oasis deep within the country’s parched, desert-like Red Center.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Thu): take in the exciting artwork at Yubu Napa Art Gallery. On your second day here, identify plant and animal life at Alice Springs Desert Park and then don't miss a visit to Ormiston Gorge.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read Alice Springs trip website .

Traveling by flight from Kakadu National Park to Alice Springs takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in October, and nighttime lows around 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Alice Springs

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Alice Springs Desert Park ©
Alice Springs Desert Park
Alice Springs Reptile Centre ©
Alice Springs Reptile Centre
The Kangaroo Sanctuary ©
The Kangaroo Sanctuary

2
days
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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sun): get a new perspective on nature at Wintjiri Arts + Museum, see the world from above with a helicopter tour, then explore the galleries of Walkatjara Art, then explore the striking landscape at Uluru, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Kuniya Walk. Here are some ideas for day two: head outdoors with Walpa Gorge, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Kata Tjuta, and then take an in-depth tour of Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre.

For traveler tips, maps, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip tool .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Alice Springs to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In October, daytime highs in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park are 39°C, while nighttime lows are 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Tue) to allow time for travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors

Side Trip

Yulara
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Kuniya Walk ©
Kuniya Walk
Kata Tjuta ©
Kata Tjuta
Helicopter Tours

3
days
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Palm Cove Beach and Historic Village Herberton. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Hartley's Crocodile Adventures and Atherton Tablelands. Take a break from Cairns with a short trip to Spas & Wellness in Palm Cove, about 30 minutes away. There's more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Tablelands, Waterfalls, and Spanish Castle and head outdoors with Esplanade Lagoon Pool.

For other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Cairns road trip planner.

You can fly from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Cairns in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. When traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in October, plan for little chillier days in Cairns, with highs around 34°C, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Sat) to allow time for travel to Leura.

Things to do in Cairns

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Historic Village Herberton
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Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach

1
day
Leura

Leura ©
Leura is a suburb in the City of Blue Mountains local government area that is located west of the Sydney central business district in New South Wales, Australia. Start off your visit on the 28th (Sun): don't miss a visit to Echo Point Lookout, then look for all kinds of wild species at Pulpit Rock Lookout, then take in the dramatic scenery at Wentworth Falls, and finally don't miss a visit to Sublime Point Lookout.

To find photos, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Leura trip itinerary planner.

Do a combination of flight and train from Cairns to Leura in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In October, Leura is a bit cooler than Cairns - with highs of 30°C and lows of 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) so you can go by car to Sydney.

Things to do in Leura

#Parks, #Nature, #Wildlife

Side Trips

Katoomba, Pulpit Rock Lookout
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Wentworth Falls ©
Wentworth Falls
Pulpit Rock Lookout ©
Pulpit Rock Lookout
Echo Point Lookout ©
Echo Point Lookout

3
days
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Dolphin & Whale Watching and Speed Boats Tours. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Bondi Beach and Sea Life Sydney Aquarium. There's lots more to do: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, take a stroll through The Rocks, stroll through Hyde Park, and hike along The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk.

For reviews, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Sydney travel app .

You can drive from Leura to Sydney in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Sydney when traveling from Leura in October, with lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Sea Life Sydney Aquarium ©
Sea Life Sydney Aquarium

3
days
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Melbourne Zoo and Hanging Rock Reserve. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Eastern Beach Reserve and Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park. There's more to do: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens.

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

Fly from Sydney to Melbourne in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Sydney in October, with highs in Melbourne at 24°C and lows at 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough to travel to Perth.

Things to do in Melbourne

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Wildlife

Side Trips

Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park, Hanging Rock Reserve, Eastern Beach Reserve
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Eastern Beach Reserve ©
Eastern Beach Reserve
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo

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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 4th (Sun): meet the residents at Perth Zoo, then pause for some photo ops at Kings Park War Memorial, and then admire the natural beauty at Kings Park & Botanic Garden.

For where to stay, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Perth day trip planner.

You can fly from Melbourne to Perth in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Melbourne to Perth, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Melbourne in November, things will get somewhat warmer in Perth: highs are around 33°C and lows about 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Perth

#Parks, #Zoos & Aquariums, #Outdoors

Side Trip

Perth Zoo
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Kings Park & Botanic Garden ©
Kings Park & Botanic Garden
Perth Zoo ©
Perth Zoo

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