20 days in Australia Itinerary

20 days in Australia Itinerary

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20 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: York
+2
train + subway + Fly:  22​h 30​min
1
Perth
— 3 nights
Fly:  7​h
2
Hermannsburg
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
3
Alice Springs
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
4
Sydney
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
5
Brisbane
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
6
Cairns
— 3 nights
Fly + train:  26​h
End: York

3
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Dolphin Quay and Monument Hill War Memorial. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Perth: Fremantle Prison (in Fremantle), Rockingham Beach (in Rockingham) and Mount Brown Lookout (in York). There's still lots to do: admire the natural beauty at Kings Park & Botanic Garden, contemplate the waterfront views at Swan River, steep yourself in history at The Perth Mint, and pause for some serene contemplation at St Johns Lutheran Church.

To find maps, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Perth trip planner .

York, UK to Perth is an approximately 22.5-hour combination of train and flight. You can also do a combination of train, bus, and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 8 hours traveling from York to Perth. In June, daytime highs in Perth are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to travel to Hermannsburg.

Things to do in Perth

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Fremantle, Mount Brown Lookout, Rockingham Beach, St Johns Lutheran Church, Dolphin Quay
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Kings Park & Botanic Garden ©
Kings Park & Botanic Garden
Dolphin Quay ©
Dolphin Quay
Mount Brown Lookout ©
Mount Brown Lookout

1
night
Hermannsburg

Hermannsburg ©
On the 2nd (Thu), explore the world behind art at Hermannsburg Historic Precinct.

For ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Hermannsburg sightseeing planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Perth to Hermannsburg. The time zone difference moving from Australian Western Standard Time (AWST) to Australian Central Standard Time (Northern Territory) (ACST) is 1 hour. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Alice Springs.

Things to do in Hermannsburg

Museums
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Hermannsburg Historic Precinct ©
Hermannsburg Historic Precinct

2
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Alice Springs Desert Park and The Kangaroo Sanctuary. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Alice Springs Telegraph Station Historical Reserve, take some stellar pictures from Anzac Hill, get engrossed in the history at National Pioneer Women's Hall of Fame & Old Alice Springs Gaol, and view the masterpieces at Talapi.

To see where to stay, photos, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Alice Springs planner .

Drive from Hermannsburg to Alice Springs in 1.5 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Alice Springs can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to travel to Sydney.

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

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Wentworth Falls and Lincoln's Rock. Step out of Sydney to go to Blackheath and see Govetts Leap, which is approximately 1h 40 min away. And it doesn't end there: see a show at Sydney Opera House, get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour, take a stroll through Darling Harbour, and capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour.

To see reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Sydney road trip planning app .

You can fly from Alice Springs to Sydney in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Alice Springs in July, plan for a bit warmer nights in Sydney, with lows around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Neighborhoods Tours

Side Trips

Lincoln's Rock, Wentworth Falls, Govetts Leap
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge
The Rocks ©
The Rocks

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 10th (Fri): take in the waterfront at Eagle Street Pier and then let little ones run wild 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 and then take in nature's colorful creations at Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt. Coot-tha.

To find out how to plan a trip to Brisbane, use our trip itinerary maker.

Fly from Sydney to Brisbane in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In July, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Fun & Games Wildlife
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South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Historic Village Herberton and St Mary’s by The Sea chapel. Venture out of the city with trips to Photography Tours (in Daintree), Port Douglas (Scuba & Snorkeling & Opal Reef) and Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery (in Mossman). Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Atherton Tablelands.

To see other places to visit, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read Cairns trip itinerary maker site .

Getting from Brisbane to Cairns by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Brisbane in July, things will get somewhat warmer in Cairns: highs are around 30°C and lows about 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

Port Douglas, Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery, Historic Village Herberton, Photography Tours
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Photography Tours
Scuba & Snorkeling
Historic Village Herberton ©
Historic Village Herberton

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