20 days in Australia Itinerary

20 days in Australia Itinerary

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20 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Birmingham
foot + Fly:  22​h 30​min
1
Perth
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
2
Melbourne
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
3
Canberra
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
4
Sydney
— 4 nights
Fly + shuttle:  7​h 15​min
5
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
6
Cairns
— 3 nights
Fly + foot:  24​h
End: Birmingham

2
nights
Perth

Perth ©
A modern metropolis of glassy skyscrapers, waterside boulevards, and lush residential neighborhoods, Perth sits on the edge of the Swan Coastal Plain.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): admire the natural beauty at Kings Park & Botanic Garden. On the 4th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the waterfront views at Swan River, then steep yourself in history at Fremantle Prison, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Patrick's Basilica.

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Birmingham, UK to Perth is an approximately 22.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Birmingham to Perth, you'll lose 8 hours due to the time zone difference. In December, Perth is much hotter than Birmingham - with highs of 35°C and lows of 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Perth

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Fremantle, Whiteman
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Kings Park and Botanic Garden ©
Kings Park and Botanic Garden
Fremantle Prison ©
Fremantle Prison
Swan River ©
Swan River

3
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Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Dedicate the 9th (Mon) 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, enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck 88, brush up on your military savvy at Shrine of Remembrance, and admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Victoria.

For maps, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Melbourne day trip website .

Traveling by flight from Perth to Melbourne takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. The time zone changes from Australian Western Standard Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Victoria), which is usually a 2 hour difference. Traveling from Perth in December, expect Melbourne to be little chillier, temps between 30°C and 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can travel to Canberra.

Things to do in Melbourne

Tours Museums Parks
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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 10th (Tue), get a sense of history and politics at Parliament of Australia, pause for some photo ops at Australian Vietnam Forces National Memorial, then take an in-depth tour of Australian War Memorial, and finally make a trip to Mount Ainslie Lookout.

For more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Canberra travel site .

You can fly from Melbourne to Canberra in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Canberra can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Sydney.

Things to do in Canberra

Museums
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Australian War Memorial ©
Australian War Memorial
Parliament of Australia ©
Parliament of Australia
Mount Ainslie Lookout ©
Mount Ainslie Lookout

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.
Sydney is known for nightlife, trails, beaches, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the striking features of Sydney Opera House, get to know the fascinating history of The Rocks, kick back and relax at Bondi Beach, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk.

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You can drive from Canberra to Sydney in 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 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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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
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 15th (Sun) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 16th (Mon) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. There's still lots to do: meet the residents at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, kick back and relax at Four Mile Beach, and tour the water at your own pace with Port Douglas Boat Hire.

To find more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Port Douglas online trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Sydney to Port Douglas takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Traveling from Sydney in December, things will get a bit warmer in Port Douglas: highs are around 36°C and lows about 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can go by car to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas ©
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cairns: Palm Cove (Hartley's Crocodile Adventures & Palm Cove Beach). Spend the 18th (Wed) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's much more to do: stroll through Esplanade Boardwalk, admire the natural beauty at Botanical Gardens, and have fun at Esplanade Lagoon Pool.

For more things to do, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Cairns trip tool .

Getting from Port Douglas to Cairns by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in December, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Palm Cove
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk

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