20 days in Australia Itinerary

20 days in Australia Itinerary

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20 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Amsterdam
Fly:  23​h
1
Melbourne
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Cowes
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h
3
Melbourne
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h
4
Port Campbell
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
5
Port Fairy
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Mount Gambier
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
7
Victor Harbor
— Few hours
Drive:  30​min
8
Middleton
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h
9
Kangaroo Island
— 1 day
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  2​h 30​min
10
Adelaide
— 1 night
Fly:  1​h 30​min
11
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly:  9​h
12
Port Macquarie
— 1 night
Drive:  7​h
13
Byron Bay
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
14
Brisbane
— Few hours
+2
Fly + foot + ferry:  1​h 30​min
15
Airlie Beach
— 2 nights
bus:  2​h 30​min
16
Townsville
— Few hours
ferry:  30​min
17
Magnetic Island
— Few hours
+3
ferry + bus + foot + Fly:  4​h 30​min
18
Cairns
— 1 night
bus:  2​h
19
Cape Tribulation
— 1 day
bus:  1​h 30​min
20
Cairns
— 1 night
Fly:  20​h
End: Amsterdam

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Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
You've added Chapel Street, Queen Victoria Market, Yarra River, and other attractions to your itinerary. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at St. Kilda Beach and Catani Gardens. It doesn't end there: enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck 88.

To see more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Melbourne trip itinerary planning tool .

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Melbourne is an approximately 23-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. You'll lose 9 hours traveling from Amsterdam to Melbourne due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Amsterdam in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Melbourne, with lows of 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can drive to Cowes.

Things to do in Melbourne

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trip

St Kilda
Find places to stay Sep 4 — 6:
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St. Kilda Beach ©
St. Kilda Beach
Federation Square ©
Federation Square
Chapel Street ©
Chapel Street

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Cowes

Cowes
Resting on the northern coast of Philip Island, Cowes is sandwiched between a coast and a forest.
Discover how to plan a Cowes trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Melbourne to Cowes takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of train and taxi. September in Cowes sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 9°C at night. You will leave for Melbourne on the 6th (Fri).

Things to do in Cowes

Parks Outdoors Wildlife
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Melbourne

Melbourne
For traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Melbourne online day trip planner .

Traveling by car from Cowes to Melbourne takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of taxi and train. You will leave for Port Campbell on the 7th (Sat).

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Outdoors Tours
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Port Campbell

Port Campbell ©
Port Campbell is a coastal town in Victoria, Australia. You've now added 12 Apostles Helicopters to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 7th (Sat): take an unforgettable tour with 12 Apostles Helicopters, then take in the dramatic natural features at London Bridge, then take some stellar pictures from Loch Ard Gorge, and finally make a trip to Gibsons Steps.

To see maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Port Campbell tour itinerary builder .

Traveling by car from Melbourne to Port Campbell takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of train and bus. You will have some time to spend on the 8th (Sun) before leaving for Port Fairy.

Things to do in Port Campbell

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

12 Apostles Helicopters
Find places to stay Sep 7 — 8:
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Loch Ard Gorge ©
Loch Ard Gorge
Port Campbell National Park ©
Port Campbell National Park
London Bridge ©
London Bridge

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Port Fairy

Port Fairy ©
Port Fairy is a coastal town in south-western Victoria, Australia. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Tower Hill Wildlife Reserve. On the 8th (Sun), contemplate the geological forces at Tower Hill Wildlife Reserve and then admire the landmark architecture of Griffiths Island Lighthouse.

To see reviews, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, go to the Port Fairy online trip maker .

Getting from Port Campbell to Port Fairy by car takes about 1.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can travel to Mount Gambier.

Things to do in Port Fairy

Nature Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Tower Hill Wildlife Reserve
Find places to stay Sep 8 — 9:
Highlights from your plan
Tower Hill Wildlife Reserve ©
Tower Hill Wildlife Reserve

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night
Mount Gambier

Mount Gambier ©
The most popular sites in Mount Bambier are the caves, where you can go cave diving.
You've now added The Blue Lake to your itinerary.

To see photos, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Mount Gambier road trip planner .

Traveling by car from Port Fairy to Mount Gambier takes 2 hours. In September in Mount Gambier, expect temperatures between 18°C during the day and 7°C at night. On the 9th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Victor Harbor.

Things to do in Mount Gambier

Nature Parks
Find places to stay Sep 8 — 9:
Highlights from your plan
Umpherston Sinkhole ©
Umpherston Sinkhole
The Blue Lake ©
The Blue Lake
Cave Gardens ©
Cave Gardens

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Victor Harbor

Victor Harbor ©
Victor Harbor is a town in South Australia on the south coast of the Fleurieu Peninsula, about 80 km south of the centre of Adelaide. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Encounter Bikeway as well as Penguin Centre.

To find ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Victor Harbor tour itinerary maker app .

Traveling by car from Mount Gambier to Victor Harbor takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Mount Gambier in September, with highs in Victor Harbor at 22°C and lows at 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can travel to Middleton.

Things to do in Victor Harbor

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Coorong National Park
Find places to stay Sep 9 — 10:
Highlights from your plan
Granite Island ©
Granite Island
Coorong National Park ©
Coorong National Park

1
night
Middleton

Middleton
Middleton is a town in South Australia on the eastern end of the south coast of the Fleurieu Peninsula. For photos, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Middleton road trip planning site .

Middleton is just a short distance from Victor Harbor. In September in Middleton, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 11°C at night. On the 10th (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Kangaroo Island.

Things to do in Middleton

Outdoors Adventure Tours
Find places to stay Sep 9 — 10:

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Kangaroo Island

Kangaroo Island ©
Abandoned by Aborigines a few thousand years ago, Kangaroo Island attracts over 140,000 visitors each year.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Seal Bay Conservation Park, Admirals Arch and Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary. On the 10th (Tue), explore the striking landscape of Flinders Chase National Park, explore the striking landscape at Admirals Arch, then identify plant and animal life at Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary, and finally identify plant and animal life at Seal Bay Conservation Park.

For maps, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Kangaroo Island road trip website .

Explore your travel options from Middleton to Kangaroo Island with the Route module. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to travel to Adelaide.

Things to do in Kangaroo Island

Parks Wildlife Nature
Find places to stay Sep 10 — 11:
Highlights from your plan
Flinders Chase National Park ©
Flinders Chase National Park
Seal Bay Conservation Park ©
Seal Bay Conservation Park
Admirals Arch ©
Admirals Arch

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night
Adelaide

Adelaide
Adelaide exists contentedly as a cultured, diverse, and attractive city with a laid-back center, leafy residential districts, and an underlying cosmopolitan atmosphere.
For traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Adelaide trip planner .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Kangaroo Island to Adelaide takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of taxi, ferry, and bus. In September, daytime highs in Adelaide are 21°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. On the 11th (Wed), you'll travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Adelaide

Tours Outdoors Parks
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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've added Blues Point Reserve, Bondi Iceberg Club, Opera Australia, and other attractions to your itinerary. Get some cultural insight at Sydney Opera House and Darling Harbour. Take a break from the city and head to Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk and Dolphin & Whale Watching. There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Bondi Beach, get to know the fascinating history of The Rocks, and stroll through Manly Beach.

For more things to do, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read our Sydney trip itinerary maker tool .

You can fly from Adelaide to Sydney in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Adelaide in September, plan for a bit warmer days in Sydney, with highs around 25°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can travel to Port Macquarie.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Manly Kayak Centre, Blues Point Reserve, Bondi Iceberg Club
Find places to stay Sep 11 — 14:
Highlights from your plan
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach

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night
Port Macquarie

Port Macquarie ©
Known for its numerous beaches and resident koala population, Port Macquarie offers visitors a welcoming environment in which to unwind.
To see maps, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Port Macquarie vacation tool .

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Port Macquarie takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Sydney in September: highs in Port Macquarie hover around 17°C, while lows dip to 13°C. You will have some time to spend on the 15th (Sun) before leaving for Byron Bay.

Things to do in Port Macquarie

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife
Find places to stay Sep 14 — 15:
Highlights from your plan
Tacking Point Lighthouse ©
Tacking Point Lighthouse
Koala Hospital ©
Koala Hospital

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night
Byron Bay

Byron Bay ©
Named after Lord Byron's grandfather, Byron Bay is not only famous as the easternmost point of Australia, but even more so as one of the liveliest vacation spots in the country.
To see other places to visit, maps, photos, and more tourist information, use the Byron Bay online visit planner .

Getting from Port Macquarie to Byron Bay by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Port Macquarie in September, expect nights in Byron Bay to be about the same, around 11°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 28°C. On the 16th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Brisbane.

Things to do in Byron Bay

Outdoors Parks Trails
Find places to stay Sep 15 — 16:
Highlights from your plan
Belongil Beach ©
Belongil Beach
Cape Byron Walking Track
Cape Byron Walking Track
Cape Byron Lighthouse ©
Cape Byron Lighthouse

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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.
To see other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read Brisbane travel planner.

Traveling by car from Byron Bay to Brisbane takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Brisbane when traveling from Byron Bay in September, with lows around 15°C. On the 16th (Mon), you'll travel to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Brisbane

Tours Outdoors Parks
Find places to stay Sep 16 — 17:

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Airlie Beach

Airlie Beach ©
Very much a town with an emphasis on the tropical lifestyle, Airlie Beach offers exotic surroundings with palm trees and charming, sandy beaches.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Speed Boats Tours as well as Whitsundays Sailing Adventures. On the 16th (Mon), race across the water with a speed boat tour and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Airlie Beach Lagoon. Keep things going the next day: go for a walk through Bicentennial Walkway, see Whitsundays Sailing Adventures, then view the masterpieces at Above & Below Photography, then explore the activities along Heart Reef, and finally explore the galleries of Art Whitsunday Gallery & Shop.

To see reviews, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Airlie Beach online trip maker .

Getting from Brisbane to Airlie Beach by combination of flight and bus takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and ferry; or drive. Traveling from Brisbane in September, Airlie Beach is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to catcht the bus to Townsville.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Tours Parks
Find places to stay Sep 16 — 18:
Highlights from your plan
Whitsundays Sailing Adventures ©
Whitsundays Sailing Adventures
Speed Boats Tours
Airlie Beach Lagoon ©
Airlie Beach Lagoon

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Townsville

Townsville ©
Tucked snugly beneath a steep, craggy mount--known as Castle Hill--the vibrant city of Townsville is as picturesque as its backdrop.
The Strand has been added to your itinerary.

To see other places to visit, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Townsville day trip tool .

Traveling by bus from Airlie Beach to Townsville takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In September, daytime highs in Townsville are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Wed) to allow time for the ferry ride to Magnetic Island.

Things to do in Townsville

Outdoors Beaches Parks
Find places to stay Sep 18 — 19:
Highlights from your plan
The Strand ©
The Strand
Perc Tucker Regional Gallery ©
Perc Tucker Regional Gallery

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Magnetic Island

Magnetic Island ©
For maps, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read our Magnetic Island online sightseeing planner .

Magnetic Island is just a stone's throw from Townsville. In September, daily temperatures in Magnetic Island can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. On the 18th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Magnetic Island

Outdoors Beaches Parks
Find places to stay Sep 18 — 19:
Highlights from your plan
Geoffrey Bay ©
Geoffrey Bay

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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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Esplanade Boardwalk.

To find photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Cairns road trip planning tool .

Do a combination of ferry and flight from Magnetic Island to Cairns in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In September in Cairns, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) to allow time to take a bus to Cape Tribulation.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Trails Parks
Find places to stay Sep 18 — 19:
Highlights from your plan
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk

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Cape Tribulation

Cape Tribulation ©
A lush headland that's part of the forested Daintree Region, Cape Tribulation was so named by Lieutenant--later Captain--Cook in 1770, when his ship ran aground in the area.
Daintree National Park has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 19th (Thu): explore the striking landscape of Daintree National Park, enjoy the sand and surf at Thornton Beach, get a new perspective on nature at Daintree Entomological museum, browse the exhibits of Doongul Aboriginal Art Gallery, then take a memorable tour with Kuranda Scenic Railway, and finally kick back and relax at Palm Cove Beach.

For where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Cape Tribulation travel planner .

Take a bus from Cairns to Cape Tribulation in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in September, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to catcht the bus to Cairns.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Kuranda Scenic Railway, Doongal Aboriginal Art Gallery Kuranda
Find places to stay Sep 19 — 20:
Highlights from your plan
Thornton Beach ©
Thornton Beach
Daintree National Park ©
Daintree National Park
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach

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Cairns

Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 20th (Fri): take in a show at Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Cairns itinerary planner .

Traveling by bus from Cape Tribulation to Cairns takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park
Find places to stay Sep 19 — 20:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park ©
Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park

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