20 days in Australia Itinerary

20 days in Australia Itinerary

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20 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Dallas
+2
tram + foot + Fly:  20​h 15​min
1
Brisbane
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h
2
Cairns
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Port Douglas
— 3 nights
shuttle + Fly:  8​h 30​min
4
Perth
— 1 day
Fly:  6​h 15​min
5
Melbourne
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
6
Canberra
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
7
Sydney
— 5 nights
+2
Fly + foot + tram:  19​h 15​min
End: Dallas

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.
On the 7th (Fri), take in nature's colorful creations at Roma Street Parkland and then let little ones run wild at South Bank Parklands. On the next day, look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary and then take some stellar pictures from Mount Coot-tha Lookout.

To see reviews, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Brisbane day trip planner .

Dallas, USA to Brisbane is an approximately 20.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 16 hours traveling from Dallas to Brisbane. Plan for warmer temperatures traveling from Dallas in December, with highs in Brisbane at 82°F and lows at 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Brisbane

#Parks, #Fun & Games, #Wildlife
Find places to stay Dec 7 — 8:
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South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Mount Coot-tha Lookout ©
Mount Coot-tha Lookout

3
nights
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Cairns: Palm Cove (Hartley's Crocodile Adventures & Palm Cove Beach). Spend the 9th (Sun) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's much more to do: hike along Esplanade Boardwalk, have fun at Esplanade Lagoon Pool, and admire the natural beauty at Botanical Gardens.

To find other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read Cairns online route maker .

You can fly from Brisbane to Cairns in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Brisbane in December, expect nights in Cairns to be about the same, around 73°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 88°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Wildlife

Side Trip

Palm Cove
Find places to stay Dec 8 — 11:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk

3
nights
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.
Spend the 12th (Wed) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 13th (Thu) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. The adventure continues: meet the residents at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, enjoy the sand and surf at Four Mile Beach, and choose your vessel at Port Douglas Boat Hire.

For other places to visit and tourist information, read Port Douglas travel route planner .

You can drive from Cairns to Port Douglas in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. In December, plan for daily highs up to 88°F, and evening lows to 73°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can travel to Perth.

Things to do in Port Douglas

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Wildlife
Find places to stay Dec 11 — 14:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas ©
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas

1
day
Perth

Perth ©
A modern metropolis of glassy skyscrapers, waterside boulevards, and lush residential neighborhoods, Perth sits on the edge of the Swan Coastal Plain.
On the 15th (Sat), contemplate the waterfront views at Swan River, then contemplate the long history of The Perth Mint, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Kings Park & Botanic Garden.

To see where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Perth trip itinerary planning tool .

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Port Douglas to Perth in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) (AEST) to Australian Western Standard Time (AWST), which is usually a -2 hour difference. Traveling from Port Douglas in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Perth, with lows of 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Perth

#Parks, #Nature, #Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 14 — 15:
Highlights from your plan
Kings Park & Botanic Garden ©
Kings Park & Botanic Garden
Swan River ©
Swan River
The Perth Mint ©
The Perth Mint

2
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Melbourne is known for museums, parks, shopping, zoos & aquariums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Victoria, examine the collection at Melbourne Museum, and choose your vessel at Melbourne Boat Hire.

To see photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Melbourne journey maker tool .

Fly from Perth to Melbourne in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Perth to Melbourne, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Perth in December, with highs in Melbourne at 78°F and lows at 54°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to travel to Canberra.

Things to do in Melbourne

#Museums, #Parks, #Outdoors
Find places to stay Dec 15 — 18:
Highlights from your plan
Melbourne Boat Hire ©
Melbourne Boat Hire
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo

1
night
Canberra

Canberra ©
A planned city with streets laid out in elaborate, geometric patterns and founded specifically to serve as the capital of the emerging Australian state, Canberra has a self-sufficient atmosphere.
On the 19th (Wed), get a sense of history and politics at Royal Australian Mint, get a sense of history and politics at Parliament of Australia, then get engrossed in the history at Australian War Memorial, and finally make a trip to Mount Ainslie Lookout.

Plan a Canberra trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

Fly from Melbourne to Canberra in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Canberra can reach 82°F, while at night they dip to 54°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Sydney.

Things to do in Canberra

#Museums
Find places to stay Dec 18 — 19:
Highlights from your plan
Australian War Memorial ©
Australian War Memorial
Parliament of Australia ©
Parliament of Australia
Mount Ainslie Lookout ©
Mount Ainslie Lookout

5
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.
Sydney is known for nightlife, trails, beaches, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: listen to music at Sydney Opera House, wander the streets of Darling Harbour, appreciate the extensive heritage of The Rocks, and trek along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk.

To find traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Sydney trip builder app .

Traveling by car from Canberra to Sydney takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Traveling from Canberra in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Sydney, with lows of 65°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches
Find places to stay Dec 19 — 24:
Highlights from your plan
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
The Royal Botanic Garden ©
The Royal Botanic Garden
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk

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