20 days in Australia Itinerary

20 days in Australia Itinerary

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20 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Springfield
Fly:  22​h 15​min
1
Sydney
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Melbourne
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
3
Brisbane
— 5 nights
4
Cairns
— 4 nights
Fly:  23​h 30​min
End: Springfield

5
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.
Visiting Jenolan Caves and Bondi Beach will get you outdoors. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Manly Beach and Coogee Beach. Spend the 21st (Mon) exploring nature at Sydney Harbour National Park. The adventure continues: hike along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, explore the world behind art at Australian Centre for Photography, snap pictures at Sydney Harbour Bridge, and stroll through The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk.

To find reviews, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Sydney road trip planner.

Springfield, USA to Sydney is an approximately 22.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) (AEST), which is usually a 16 hour difference. When traveling from Springfield in May, plan for a bit cooler days in Sydney, with highs around 70°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Jenolan Caves
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Jenolan Caves ©
Jenolan Caves
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk

4
nights
Melbourne

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Eastern Beach Reserve and Balloon Rides. Step out of the city life by going to Melbourne Zoo and St. Kilda Beach. There's still lots to do: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, learn about all things military at Shrine of Remembrance, take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck 88, and examine the collection at Melbourne Museum.

For maps, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Melbourne attractions planning site .

You can fly from Sydney to Melbourne in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Sydney in May; daily highs in Melbourne reach 63°F and lows reach 46°F. On the 27th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Melbourne

Outdoors Parks Museums

Side Trips

Eastern Beach Reserve, St. Kilda Beach
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Balloon Rides
Eastern Beach Reserve ©
Eastern Beach Reserve
St. Kilda Beach ©
St. Kilda Beach

5
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.
Relax by the water at Burleigh Heads Beach and Burleigh Head National Park. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Mooloolaba Beach and GOMA. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Brisbane: Pelican Feeding (in Labrador) and Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary (in Currumbin). There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, admire all the interesting features of Suncorp Stadium, and take in nature's colorful creations at Roma Street Parkland.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Brisbane holiday maker website .

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Brisbane takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Melbourne in May; daily highs in Brisbane reach 74°F and lows reach 56°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Gold Coast, Mooloolaba Beach
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Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Mooloolaba Beach ©
Mooloolaba Beach
Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary

4
nights
Cairns

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.
Visiting Palm Cove Beach and Trinity Beach will get you outdoors. Step off the beaten path and head to Mossman Gorge and Tablelands, Waterfalls, and Spanish Castle. Explore Cairns' surroundings by going to Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas (in Port Douglas), Australian Butterfly Sanctuary (in Kuranda) and Rex Lookout (in Wangetti). Spend the 3rd (Sun) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Next up on the itinerary: take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Gardens, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, have some family-friendly fun at Cairns Kart Hire Track, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Monica's Cathedral.

To find photos, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Cairns travel route app .

Traveling by flight from Brisbane to Cairns takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In June, Cairns is a bit warmer than Brisbane - with highs of 79°F and lows of 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Palm Cove Beach, Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, Rex Lookout, Cairns Kart Hire Track, Trinity Beach
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Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling
Mossman Gorge ©
Mossman Gorge

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