20 days in Australia Itinerary

20 days in Australia Itinerary

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20 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Newark
Fly:  30​h
1
Cairns
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
2
Alice Springs
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
3
Port Lincoln
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
4
Melbourne
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Newhaven
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h 45​min
6
Melbourne
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
7
Sydney
— 4 nights
Fly:  30​h
End: Newark


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4
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 hidden gems such as Trinity Beach and Atherton Tablelands. Spend the 1st (Tue) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Cairns trip planning site .

Newark, USA to Cairns is an approximately 30-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) (AEST) is 15 hours. In September, daytime highs in Cairns are 83°F, while nighttime lows are 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Fri) to allow time for travel to Alice Springs.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Trinity Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
Atherton Tablelands ©
Atherton Tablelands

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.
You've now added The Kangaroo Sanctuary to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 17th (Thu): look for all kinds of wild species at The Kangaroo Sanctuary and then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. On the 18th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the striking landscape of Ochre Pits.

For more things to do, maps, photos, and more tourist information, use the Alice Springs trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Cairns to Alice Springs takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Cairns in October, Alice Springs is slightly colder at night with lows of 57°F. On the 18th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Port Lincoln.

Things to do in Alice Springs

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
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The Kangaroo Sanctuary ©
The Kangaroo Sanctuary
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Ochre Pits ©
Ochre Pits

2
nights
Port Lincoln

Primarily a marine industry town, Port Lincoln has about as many marina trawlers and grain silos as luxury yachts.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Shark Diving. On the 19th (Sat), have unforgettable encounters with a shark diving experience.

To see ratings, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, use the Port Lincoln journey builder app .

Traveling by flight from Alice Springs to Port Lincoln takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Port Lincoln

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Shark Diving

2
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sun): see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum and then take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens. Keep things going the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St Paul's Cathedral and then take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck 88.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Melbourne road trip website .

Traveling by flight from Port Lincoln to Melbourne takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October in Melbourne, expect temperatures between 69°F during the day and 47°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) early enough to go by car to Newhaven.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums Parks Historic Sites
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Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum
St Paul's Cathedral ©
St Paul's Cathedral
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens

1
day
Newhaven

Newhaven ©
Newhaven is a town in southern Victoria, in the south Gippsland region. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed): step off the mainland to explore Koala Conservation Centre and then identify plant and animal life at Phillip Island Wildlife Park.

For reviews, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Newhaven online day trip planner .

You can drive from Melbourne to Newhaven in 2 hours. October in Newhaven sees daily highs of 68°F and lows of 49°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Newhaven

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Cowes
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Phillip Island Wildlife Park ©
Phillip Island Wildlife Park
Koala Conservation Centre ©
Koala Conservation Centre

3
nights
Melbourne

Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Eastern Beach Reserve and St John's Anglican Church. Do some cultural sightseeing at St Paul's Cathedral and Parliament House of Victoria. Explore Melbourne further: get to know the resident critters at Melbourne Zoo, enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck 88, steep yourself in history at Old Melbourne Gaol, and enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Melbourne trip planner.

Getting from Newhaven to Melbourne by car takes about 2 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Tours Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

St John's Anglican Church, Eastern Beach Reserve
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Food Tours
Eastern Beach Reserve ©
Eastern Beach Reserve
St Paul's Cathedral ©
St Paul's Cathedral

4
nights
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.
Relax by the water at Bondi Beach and Manly Beach. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Dolphin & Whale Watching and Wentworth Falls. Step out of Sydney to go to Katoomba and see Canyoning & Rappelling Tours, which is approximately 1h 40 min away. And it doesn't end there: wander the streets of The Rocks, snap pictures at Sydney Harbour Bridge, take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, and discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

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Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Newhaven to Sydney. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Newhaven in October: high temperatures in Sydney hover around 76°F and lows are around 59°F. On the 29th (Tue), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Katoomba
Find places to stay Oct 13 — 17:
Highlights from your plan
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach

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