20 days in Australia Itinerary

20 days in Australia Itinerary

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20 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Edmonton
Fly:  27​h
1
Sydney
— 1 night
train:  5​h
2
Byron Bay
— 2 nights
bus:  9​h 30​min
3
Fraser Island
— 3 nights
train:  9​h 30​min
4
Townsville
— 2 nights
bus:  3​h 45​min
5
Airlie Beach
— 3 nights
bus:  7​h
6
Gold Coast
— 3 nights
bus:  4​h 30​min
7
Cairns
— 3 nights
Fly:  20​h 45​min
End: Edmonton

1
night
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.
GoodTime Harbour Cruises has been added to your itinerary. On the 8th (Tue), wander the streets of The Rocks, then get interesting insight from GoodTime Harbour Cruises, and then enjoy a live performance at Sydney Opera House. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take a stroll through Darling Harbour, then hike along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Sydney trip itinerary maker.

Edmonton, Canada to Sydney is an approximately 27-hour flight. Traveling from Edmonton to Sydney, you'll lose 17 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Edmonton in August, expect Sydney to be slightly colder, temps between 22°C and 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Byron Bay.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Tours Neighborhoods
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
The Rocks ©
The Rocks
GoodTime Harbour Cruises ©
GoodTime Harbour Cruises

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Horseback Riding Tours as well as Lets Go Surfing Byron Bay. Get out of town with these interesting Byron Bay side-trips: Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary (in Currumbin) and Raggedy Anne Boutique (in Kingscliff). There's lots more to do: visit a coastal fixture at Cape Byron Lighthouse, pause for some photo ops at Big Prawn, tour the pleasant surroundings at Belongil Beach, and trek along Cape Byron Walking Track.

To find photos, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Byron Bay travel itinerary creator.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Sydney to Byron Bay in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 9°C. On the 13th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Byron Bay

Parks Outdoors Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Raggedy Anne Boutique, Big Prawn, Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary
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Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary
Lets Go Surfing ©
Lets Go Surfing
Cape Byron Lighthouse ©
Cape Byron Lighthouse

3
nights
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
You've now added Fraser Explorer Tours to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 14th (Mon): explore and take pictures at Maheno Wreck and then make a short side trip with Fraser Explorer Tours. On the 15th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake McKenzie.

To find ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read Fraser Island itinerary maker.

Do a combination of car and ferry from Byron Bay to Fraser Island in 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, ferry, and car; or do a combination of bus, train, car, and ferry. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can travel to Townsville.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Tours
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Fraser Explorer Tours ©
Fraser Explorer Tours

2
nights
Townsville

Townsville ©
Tucked snugly beneath a steep, craggy mount--known as Castle Hill--the vibrant city of Townsville is as picturesque as its backdrop.
On the 14th (Mon), head off the coast to Reef HQ Great Barrier Reef Aquarium, then stroll through The Strand, and then don't miss a visit to Jezzine Barracks. On the next day, admire all the interesting features of Castle Hill, then look for all kinds of wild species at Billabong Sanctuary, and then take some stellar pictures from Mount Stuart.

Find out how to plan Townsville trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.

Traveling by combination of car, ferry, and flight from Fraser Island to Townsville takes 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, ferry, and train; or do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Fraser Island in August, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Townsville, with lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a bus to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Townsville

Parks Outdoors Wildlife
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The Strand ©
The Strand
Castle Hill
Castle Hill
Jezzine Barracks ©
Jezzine Barracks

3
nights
Airlie Beach

Very much a town with an emphasis on the tropical lifestyle, Airlie Beach offers exotic surroundings with palm trees and charming, sandy beaches.
Cruise Whitsundays has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 19th (Sat): surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour. On the 20th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see some colorful creatures with Cruise Whitsundays and then get some thrills out on the water with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure.

For maps, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Airlie Beach travel planner.

Traveling by bus from Townsville to Airlie Beach takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. When traveling from Townsville in August, plan for a bit cooler days and a bit warmer nights in Airlie Beach: temperatures range from 25°C by day to 20°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Waterskiing & Jetskiing
Cruise Whitsundays ©
Cruise Whitsundays

3
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.
Gold Coast is known for theme parks, beaches, shopping, nightlife, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: find something for the whole family at Sea World Theme Park, make a splash at Dreamworld, stroll through Surfer's Paradise Beach, and buy something for everyone on your list at Marina Mirage.

For ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Gold Coast journey planner .

You can do a combination of bus, flight, and train from Airlie Beach to Gold Coast in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, flight, and train; or drive. Expect slightly colder evenings in Gold Coast when traveling from Airlie Beach in August, with lows around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Theme Parks Parks Zoos & Aquariums
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Sea World Theme Park ©
Sea World Theme Park
Warner Bros. Movie World
Warner Bros. Movie World
Surfers Paradise Beach ©
Surfers Paradise Beach

3
nights
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Passions of Paradise Reef Tour as well as Raging Thunder Adventures. Start off your visit on the 21st (Mon): take a tour by water with Raging Thunder Adventures and then make a short side trip with Passions of Paradise Reef Tour. Keep things going the next day: meet the residents at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas and then relax in the rural setting at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures.

For more things to do, photos, and tourist information, use the Cairns vacation builder.

Do a combination of ferry and flight from Airlie Beach to Cairns in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Airlie Beach in August, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Cairns: temperatures range from 31°C by day to 19°C at night. On the 23rd (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
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Raging Thunder Adventures ©
Raging Thunder Adventures
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas ©
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas

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