20 days in Australia Itinerary

20 days in Australia Itinerary

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20 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Drive:  3​h 15​min
1
Port Campbell
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Torquay
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Melbourne
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
4
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
5
Cairns
— 1 night
Fly:  1​h 45​min
6
Whitsunday Island
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
7
Brisbane
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
8
Gold Coast
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
9
Sydney
— 4 nights
End: Sydney

2
nights
Port Campbell

Port Campbell ©
Port Campbell is a coastal town in Victoria, Australia. On the 17th (Mon), take in the dramatic natural features at London Bridge, get great views at Loch Ard Gorge, don't miss a visit to Gibsons Steps, then take in the dramatic natural features at Twelve Apostles, and finally make a trip to The Grotto.

To find other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read our Port Campbell online tour itinerary maker .

Melbourne to Port Campbell is an approximately 3.5-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of flight and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to drive to Torquay.

Things to do in Port Campbell

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Twelve Apostles
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Twelve Apostles ©
Twelve Apostles
Loch Ard Gorge ©
Loch Ard Gorge
London Bridge ©
London Bridge

1
night
Torquay

Torquay ©
Set against the stark but scenic coastline of the Bass Strait--the body of water separating Victoria and Tasmania--Torquay is a prime location for surfing and beach life in general.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Tue): enjoy the sand and surf at Point Impossible Surf Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Bells Beach, and then admire all the interesting features of The Great Ocean Road.

To see reviews, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, use the Torquay route builder app .

You can drive from Port Campbell to Torquay in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. In December in Torquay, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Melbourne.

Things to do in Torquay

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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The Great Ocean Road ©
The Great Ocean Road
Bells Beach ©
Bells Beach
Point Impossible Surf Beach ©
Point Impossible Surf Beach

3
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Melbourne

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Dedicate the 22nd (Sat) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's still lots to do: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, steep yourself in history at Old Melbourne Gaol, learn about all things military at Shrine of Remembrance, and get lost in a book at State Library of Victoria.

To find reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Melbourne trip maker tool .

Traveling by car from Torquay to Melbourne takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. December in Melbourne sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 14°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Melbourne

Tours Museums Parks
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Food Tours
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo

2
nights
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.
On the 23rd (Sun), appreciate the views at Valley of the Winds, see the world from above with a helicopter tour, then explore the striking landscape at Uluru, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Kuniya Walk. Here are some ideas for day two: hike along Uluru Hiking Path, take in the exciting artwork at Walkatjara Art, then get advice or help at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, then take in the dramatic natural features at Kata Tjuta, and finally head outdoors with Walpa Gorge.

For traveler tips, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park road trip app .

Getting from Melbourne to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Melbourne in December: high temperatures in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park hover around 42°C and lows are around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Helicopter Tours
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Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga ©
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga
Valley of the Winds ©
Valley of the Winds

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Tue): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Cairns day trip planning app .

Fly from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Cairns in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. While traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Cairns, ranging from highs of 36°C to lows of 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can travel to Whitsunday Island.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
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Scuba & Snorkeling

3
nights
Whitsunday Island

Whitsunday Island ©
Start off your visit on the 26th (Wed): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Whitsunday Islands National Park, explore the activities along Hill Inlet, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Whitehaven Beach.

To find other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Whitsunday Island tour builder website .

Traveling by flight from Cairns to Whitsunday Island takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a train. In December, daytime highs in Whitsunday Island are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. You'll set off for Brisbane on the 28th (Fri).

Things to do in Whitsunday Island

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Hill Inlet ©
Hill Inlet
Whitehaven Beach ©
Whitehaven Beach
Whitsunday Islands National Park ©
Whitsunday Islands National Park

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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Fri): take in nature's colorful creations at City Botanic Gardens and then have some family-friendly fun at South Bank Parklands. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, then get great views at Mount Coot-tha Lookout, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Roma Street Parkland.

For photos, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Brisbane trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by flight from Whitsunday Island to Brisbane takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a train. While traveling from Whitsunday Island, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Brisbane, ranging from highs of 32°C to lows of 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Wildlife
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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

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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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Sun): laugh and play at Sea World Theme Park and then find something for the whole family at Infinity Attraction. Here are some ideas for day two: find something for the whole family at Warner Bros. Movie World, enjoy breathtaking views from SkyPoint Climb, then take in panoramic vistas at SkyPoint Observation Deck, and finally kick back and relax at Surfer's Paradise Beach.

For traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Gold Coast tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Brisbane to Gold Coast in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in December, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) early enough to travel to Sydney.

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

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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.
Sydney is known for nightlife, trails, beaches, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: enjoy some music at Sydney Opera House, wander the streets of The Rocks, take in nature's colorful creations at The Royal Botanic Garden, and meet the residents at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium.

To find photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Sydney trip website .

Traveling by flight from Gold Coast to Sydney takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In December in Sydney, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 21°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge

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