20 days in Australia Itinerary

20 days in Australia Itinerary

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20 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Porto
Fly:  26​h
1
Cairns
— 1 night
bus:  1​h 15​min
2
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
shuttle + Fly:  6​h 45​min
3
Sydney
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 30​min
4
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 2 nights
Fly + taxi:  2​h
5
Alice Springs
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
6
Darwin
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 45​min
7
Broome
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:  8​h 45​min
8
Margaret River
— 1 night
bus + Fly:  9​h 45​min
9
Exmouth
— 1 day
Fly:  36​h
End: Porto

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 12th (Wed): look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas. On your second day here, take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, then admire the natural beauty at Botanical Gardens, and then let little ones run wild at Muddy's Playground.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Cairns road trip planner .

Porto, Portugal to Cairns is an approximately 26-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Porto to Cairns is 10 hours. In June, Cairns is somewhat warmer than Porto - with highs of 30°C and lows of 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can go by car to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Tours Wildlife Outdoors
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Botanical Gardens ©
Botanical Gardens
Helicopter Tours

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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Fri): get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports. On the 15th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for gifts at With Sugar, make a trip to St Mary’s by The Sea chapel, then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, then meet the residents at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Mossman Gorge.

For ratings, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Port Douglas trip maker tool .

Traveling by car from Cairns to Port Douglas takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in June, and nighttime lows around 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

Mossman Gorge Centre
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Mossman Gorge Centre ©
Mossman Gorge Centre
St Mary’s by The Sea chapel ©
St Mary’s by The Sea chapel

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sun): hunt for treasures at Sydney Fish Market, explore the world behind art at Art Gallery of New South Wales, then see a show at Sydney Opera House, then admire the natural beauty at The Royal Botanic Garden, and finally wander the streets of The Rocks. Keep things going the next day: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, then stroll through Bondi Beach, then take in the views from Sydney Harbour Bridge, and finally take a stroll through Darling Harbour.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Sydney road trip site .

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Port Douglas to Sydney takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Port Douglas in June: high temperatures in Sydney hover around 21°C and lows are around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Sydney

Neighborhoods Parks Historic Sites
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney ©
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney

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 18th (Tue), admire the verdant scenery at Valley of the Winds, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Kata Tjuta, and then get outside with Walpa Gorge. Keep things going the next day: take in the pleasant sights at Lungkata Walk, view the masterpieces at Walkatjara Art, then hike along Uluru Hiking Path, then explore the striking landscape at Uluru, and finally stroll through Kuniya Walk.

To see photos, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park day trip planner .

Fly from Sydney to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Sydney in June, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, with lows of 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Alice Springs.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga ©
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga
Valley of the Winds ©
Valley of the Winds
Uluru ©
Uluru

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nights
Alice Springs

Alice Springs ©
Situated right in the heart of Australia, Alice Springs serves as an urban oasis deep within the country’s parched, desert-like Red Center.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Thu): view the masterpieces at Talapi, then take in the local highlights with Walking tours, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Gillen, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Alice Springs Desert Park. On the 21st (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Emily Gap, look for all kinds of wild species at Alice Springs Reptile Centre, then take an in-depth tour of Alice Springs School of the Air Visitor Centre, then steep yourself in history at Alice Springs Telegraph Station Historical Reserve, and finally get great views at Anzac Hill.

To see ratings, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read Alice Springs route planning app .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Alice Springs in 2 hours. Another option is to drive. In June, daytime highs in Alice Springs are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) to allow time to travel to Darwin.

Things to do in Alice Springs

Parks Wildlife Tours
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Alice Springs Desert Park ©
Alice Springs Desert Park
Anzac Hill ©
Anzac Hill

1
night
Darwin

The smallest of Australia’s state capitals, Darwin has nevertheless become an attractive and important urban center, being simultaneously one of the country’s most modernized cities and a gateway to both the Top End region and South East Asia.
On the 22nd (Sat), get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. On the next day, race across the water with a speed boat tour, then make a splash at Wave Lagoon, and then see the interesting displays at Defence of Darwin Experience.

To find where to stay, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Darwin trip planner.

You can fly from Alice Springs to Darwin in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Alice Springs in June, plan for somewhat warmer days and much warmer nights in Darwin: temperatures range from 36°C by day to 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Broome.

Things to do in Darwin

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Defence of Darwin Experience ©
Defence of Darwin Experience
Speed Boats Tours

2
nights
Broome

Broome ©
A relaxed town of tree-shaded streets and scenic coastal stretches, Broome gained renown as a center of the pearling industry in the late 19th century.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Mon): get engrossed in the history at Broome Historical Museum, take in the dramatic natural features at Gantheaume Point, then enjoy the sand and surf at Cable Beach, then stop by Magabala Books, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Catholic Diocese of Broome. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Tue): surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

To find traveler tips, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Broome visit site .

Getting from Darwin to Broome by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Australian Central Standard Time (Northern Territory) (ACST) to Australian Western Standard Time (AWST) is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Darwin in June, expect a bit cooler with lows of 19°C in Broome. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Margaret River.

Things to do in Broome

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Cable Beach ©
Cable Beach
Broome Historical Museum ©
Broome Historical Museum
Gantheaume Point ©
Gantheaume Point

1
night
Margaret River

A low-rise, laid-back town of approximately 4,500 inhabitants, Margaret River serves as an ideal local base to explore the surrounding wine region.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Wed): savor the flavors at Food & Drink, then Head underground at Jewel Cave, and then visit a coastal fixture at Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse. On your second day here, stop by Payet Gallery, Head underground at Lake Cave, then Head underground at Mammoth Cave, and finally let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour.

To find photos, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Margaret River trip planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Broome to Margaret River takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Exmouth.

Things to do in Margaret River

Tours Nature Parks

Side Trips

Boranup, Augusta
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Food Tours
Lake Cave ©
Lake Cave
Jewel Cave ©
Jewel Cave

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Exmouth

Exmouth ©
Exmouth is a town on the tip of the North West Cape in Western Australia. On the 28th (Fri), relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, then visit a coastal fixture at Vlamingh Head Lighthouse, then contemplate the waterfront views at Yardie Creek, and finally kick back and relax at Turquoise Bay.

To find maps, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Exmouth online travel planner .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Margaret River to Exmouth takes 10 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and car; or drive. In June, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Exmouth

Parks Wildlife Outdoors
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Vlamingh Head Lighthouse ©
Vlamingh Head Lighthouse

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