20 days in Australia Itinerary

20 days in Australia Itinerary

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20 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Drive:  1​h 45​min
1
Katoomba
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Sydney
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
3
Brisbane
— 2 nights
Fly + shuttle:  6​h
4
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
5
Cairns
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
6
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
7
Melbourne
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h
End: Queenstown

2
nights
Katoomba

Katoomba ©
Located off of the Great Western Highway, Katoomba is the main hub of the City of Blue Mountains.
Change things up with these side-trips from Katoomba: Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum (in Faulconbridge) and Jenolan Caves (in Jenolan Caves). And it doesn't end there: take in the dramatic scenery at Wentworth Falls, take in nature's colorful creations at Everglades Historic House and Gardens, take in the awesome beauty at Blue Mountains, and make a trip to Echo Point Lookout.

To see more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Katoomba travel planning app .

Sydney to Katoomba is an approximately 2-hour car ride. You can also take a train. In January, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Sydney.

Things to do in Katoomba

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Blackheath, Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum, Jenolan Caves, Everglades Historic House and Gardens
Find places to stay Jan 24 — 26:
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Blue Mountains ©
Blue Mountains
Wentworth Falls ©
Wentworth Falls
The Three Sisters ©
The Three Sisters

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, shopping, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, take in the views from Sydney Harbour Bridge, observe the fascinating underwater world at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, and enjoy the sand and surf at Manly Beach.

To see reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Sydney online trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Katoomba to Sydney takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In January in Sydney, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 23°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Find places to stay Jan 26 — 30:
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge

2
nights
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 31st (Fri): admire the natural beauty at Roma Street Parkland and then walk around South Bank Parklands. Here are some ideas for day two: get great views at Mount Coot-tha Lookout and then look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Brisbane road trip tool .

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Brisbane takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. January in Brisbane sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 25°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Wildlife
Find places to stay Jan 30 — Feb 1:
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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

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.
On the 2nd (Sun), look for gifts at With Sugar, then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, and then enjoy some diversion at Port Douglas Tennis Club. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon): relax in the rural setting at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, then see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, and then get to know the resident critters at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas.

To see other places to visit, reviews, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Port Douglas travel planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Brisbane to Port Douglas takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Brisbane in February, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 28°C in Port Douglas. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) so you can take a bus to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Find places to stay Feb 1 — 3:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

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.
Cairns is known for wildlife, adventure, trails, parks, and fun & games. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and explore and take pictures at The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk.

To see reviews, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, use the Cairns trip itinerary builder app .

Take a bus from Port Douglas to Cairns in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In February, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk
Find places to stay Feb 3 — 6:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk
Nature & Wildlife Tours

3
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.
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is known for nature, museums, outdoors, trails, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the striking landscape at Uluru, take some stellar pictures from Uluru, view the masterpieces at Walkatjara Art, and get outside with Walpa Gorge.

Plan my day in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Traveling by flight from Cairns to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Cairns in February, you will find days in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park are a bit warmer (43°C), and nights are about the same (25°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Find places to stay Feb 6 — 9:
Highlights from your plan
Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga ©
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga
Mutitjulu Waterhole ©
Mutitjulu Waterhole

3
nights
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, shopping, parks, nightlife, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck, and see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum.

To find reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Melbourne trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Melbourne takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in February, expect Melbourne to be a bit cooler, temps between 32°C and 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums Parks Tours
Find places to stay Feb 9 — 12:
Highlights from your plan
Balloon Rides
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo

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