20 days in Australia Itinerary

20 days in Australia Itinerary

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20 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Sydney
1
Sydney
— 10 nights
Fly:  4​h
2
Hamilton Island
— 2 nights
Fly + shuttle:  3​h 30​min
3
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
4
Cairns
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
5
Whitsunday Island
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
End: Sydney

10
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've added Sydney Outback, Sydney Harbour Boat Tours, Sensational Sydney Cruises Pty Ltd, and other attractions to your itinerary. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at The Rocks and Sydney Opera House. Relax by the water at Manly Beach and Newport Beach. Explore Sydney's surroundings by going to Shelly Beach (in Manly), The Beaches Market (in Warriewood) and Katoomba (The Three Sisters, Bridal Veil Falls, & more). Spend the 7th (Tue) exploring nature at Sydney Harbour National Park. There's lots more to do: hunt for treasures at Sydney Fish Market, hike along The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk, explore the world behind art at Brett Whiteley Studio, and enjoy the sand and surf at Bondi Beach.

To see more things to do, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Sydney tour planner .

If you are flying in from United States, the closest major airport is Sydney Kingsford Smith International Airport. December in Sydney sees daily highs of 81°F and lows of 65°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Katoomba, Sydney Harbour National Park, The Beaches Market, Shelly Beach
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House

2
nights
Hamilton Island

Hamilton Island ©
A trip to Hamilton Island takes you to a car-free destination mostly covered in bushland.
On the 11th (Sat), take in the waterfront activity at Hamilton Island Marina, view the masterpieces at Hamilton Island Art Gallery, and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On your second day here, tee off at Hamilton Island Golf Club and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Catseye Beach.

To find photos, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Hamilton Island trip planner .

You can fly from Sydney to Hamilton Island in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train, bus, and ferry; or do a combination of bus, car, and ferry. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Hamilton Island when traveling from Sydney in January, with lows around 76°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Hamilton Island

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Catseye Beach ©
Catseye Beach
Hamilton Island Golf Club ©
Hamilton Island Golf Club
Hamilton Island Art Gallery ©
Hamilton Island Art Gallery

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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Mon): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: browse the exhibits of Des Spencer Galleries, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Four Mile Beach, then stop by With Sugar, and finally view the masterpieces at Ngarru Gallery.

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

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Hamilton Island to Port Douglas takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of ferry, bus, and train. In January, plan for daily highs up to 89°F, and evening lows to 75°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Four Mile Beach ©
Four Mile Beach

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Wed): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Thu): brush up on your military savvy at The Australian Armour & Artillery Museum, take in the exciting artwork at Village Gallery, and then kick back and relax at Palm Cove Beach.

Before you visit Cairns, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Traveling by car from Port Douglas to Cairns takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 89°F in January, and nighttime lows around 75°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Whitsunday Island.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Palm Cove
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach

3
nights
Whitsunday Island

Whitsunday Island ©
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Fri): contemplate the waterfront views at Hill Inlet and then kick back and relax at Whitehaven Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: head off the coast to Whitsunday Islands National Park.

To find where to stay, reviews, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Whitsunday Island trip maker .

You can fly from Cairns to Whitsunday Island in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 88°F, and evening lows to 72°F. On the 19th (Sun), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Whitsunday Island

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Hill Inlet ©
Hill Inlet
Whitehaven Beach ©
Whitehaven Beach
Whitsunday Islands National Park ©
Whitsunday Islands National Park

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