20 days in Australia Itinerary

20 days in Australia Itinerary

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20 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
Fly:  34​h 30​min
1
Sydney
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h
2
Cairns
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h
3
Adelaide
— 3 nights
Fly:  1​h 30​min
4
Melbourne
— 4 nights
Fly + Drive:  6​h 30​min
5
Fitzroy Island
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  27​h
End: Washington DC

4
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Featherdale Wildlife Park, Manly Beach, Mrs Macquarie's Chair, and other attractions you added. The adventure continues: see a show at Sydney Opera House, make a trip to Sydney Harbour Bridge, look for gifts at Downtown Sydney Australia, and admire the landmark architecture of Sydney Tower Eye Observation Deck.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Sydney tour planner.

Washington DC, USA to Sydney is an approximately 25-hour flight. You can also do a combination of subway, bus, and flight; or do a combination of subway, bus, and flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) (AEST) is 15 hours. Traveling from Washington DC in December, expect Sydney to be much hotter, temps between 81°F and 65°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Featherdale Wildlife Park
Find places to stay Dec 26 — 30:
Highlights from your plan
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge

2
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.
You've now added Rainforestation Nature Park to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 30th (Sun): admire nature's wide array of creatures at Rainforestation Nature Park and then hike along Esplanade Boardwalk.

To find photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Cairns trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Cairns takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Sydney in December, things will get somewhat warmer in Cairns: highs are around 88°F and lows about 73°F. You will leave for Adelaide on the 1st (Tue).

Things to do in Cairns

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trip

Rainforestation Nature Park
Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 1:
Highlights from your plan
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk
Rainforestation Nature Park ©
Rainforestation Nature Park

3
nights
Adelaide

Adelaide ©
Adelaide exists contentedly as a cultured, diverse, and attractive city with a laid-back center, leafy residential districts, and an underlying cosmopolitan atmosphere.
On the 2nd (Wed), hunt for treasures at Adelaide Central Market, admire the natural beauty at Adelaide Botanic Garden, then make a trip to Rundle Mall, and finally don't miss a visit to Adelaide Oval. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu): explore the world behind art at Art Gallery of South Australia, then get engrossed in the history at South Australian Museum, and then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Adelaide Zoo.

To find where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Adelaide trip planning website .

You can fly from Cairns to Adelaide in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Cairns in January: high temperatures in Adelaide hover around 84°F and lows are around 62°F. On the 4th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Adelaide

Parks Wildlife Shopping

Side Trip

Cleland Wildlife Park
Find places to stay Jan 1 — 4:
Highlights from your plan
Adelaide Botanic Garden ©
Adelaide Botanic Garden
South Australian Museum ©
South Australian Museum
Art Gallery of South Australia ©
Art Gallery of South Australia

4
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
You've now added Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) to your itinerary. There's still lots to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Melbourne Zoo, explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Victoria, and make a trip to Block Arcade.

Plan my day in Melbourne using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Getting from Adelaide to Melbourne by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. In January, daytime highs in Melbourne are 81°F, while nighttime lows are 58°F. You will leave for Fitzroy Island on the 8th (Tue).

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums Parks Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jan 4 — 8:
Highlights from your plan
National Gallery of Victoria ©
National Gallery of Victoria
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) ©
Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG)

2
nights
Fitzroy Island

Fitzroy Island
To see traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Fitzroy Island day trip planning site .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Melbourne to Fitzroy Island. Traveling from Melbourne in January, things will get a bit warmer in Fitzroy Island: highs are around 89°F and lows about 75°F. On the 11th (Fri), you're off tohome.

Things to do in Fitzroy Island

Parks Nature Outdoors
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