20 days in Australia Itinerary

20 days in Australia Itinerary

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20 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: New York City
bus + Fly:  26​h
1
Sydney
— 1 night
train:  4​h 15​min
2
Jervis Bay
— 2 nights
+2
bus + train + Fly:  10​h 30​min
3
Broome
— 1 day
Fly + bus:  8​h 45​min
4
Margaret River
— 1 night
bus + Fly:  13​h 45​min
5
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 30​min
6
Cairns
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
7
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
shuttle + Fly:  6​h 30​min
8
Gold Coast
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
9
Noosa
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  27​h
End: New York City

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Mon): get to know the fascinating history of The Rocks, get interesting insight from Tours, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Bondi Beach. Keep things going the next day: hike along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, then see a show at Sydney Opera House, then stroll through Manly Beach, and finally kick back and relax at Shelly Beach.

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New York City, USA to Sydney is an approximately 26-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of bus, flight, and train. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales), which is usually a 15 hour difference. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from New York City in October: highs in Sydney hover around 28°C, while lows dip to 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can catch the train to Jervis Bay.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Shelly Beach
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House

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nights
Jervis Bay

Jervis Bay ©
A trip to Jervis Bay will take you to the southern coast of New South Wales, known for allegedly boasting some of the whitest sands in the world.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Wed): kick back and relax at Blenheim Beach, then stroll through Cave Beach, and then kick back and relax at Bendalong Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Abrahams Bosom Reserve, then enjoy the sand and surf at Greenfield Beach, and then stroll through Nelson Beach.

To see ratings, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Jervis Bay route builder tool .

You can take a train from Sydney to Jervis Bay in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Sydney in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Jervis Bay, with lows of 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Broome.

Things to do in Jervis Bay

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Abrahams Bosom Reserve, Bendalong Beach
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Blenheim Beach ©
Blenheim Beach
Bendalong Beach ©
Bendalong Beach
Abrahams Bosom Reserve ©
Abrahams Bosom Reserve

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Broome

Broome ©
A relaxed town of tree-shaded streets and scenic coastal stretches, Broome gained renown as a center of the pearling industry in the late 19th century.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Fri): see the interesting displays at SSJG Heritage Centre, view the masterpieces at The Courthouse Collection, then view the masterpieces at Broome Gallery, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Roebuck Bay, and finally stroll through Reddell Beach.

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You can do a combination of bus, train, and flight from Jervis Bay to Broome in 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, taxi, and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) (AEST) to Australian Western Standard Time (AWST) is minus 2 hours. When traveling from Jervis Bay in October, plan for somewhat warmer days in Broome, with highs around 39°C, while nights are warmer with lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Margaret River.

Things to do in Broome

Beaches Outdoors Parks
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Roebuck Bay ©
Roebuck Bay
Reddell Beach ©
Reddell Beach
SSJG Heritage Centre ©
SSJG Heritage Centre

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night
Margaret River

Margaret River ©
A low-rise, laid-back town of approximately 4,500 inhabitants, Margaret River serves as an ideal local base to explore the surrounding wine region.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Sat): learn about winemaking at Brookwood Estate, enjoy the sand and surf at Gnarabup Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Margaret River Mouth Beach, and finally stroll through Surfers Point. Here are some ideas for day two: kick back and relax at Injidup Beach, then contemplate the waterfront views at Bunker Bay, then take in the dramatic natural features at Sugarloaf Rock, and finally do a tasting at Howard Park - Margaret River Winery and Cellar Door.

To find reviews, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Margaret River road trip site .

Getting from Broome to Margaret River by combination of flight and bus takes about 9 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Margaret River

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Dunsborough, Cowaramup, Injidup Beach, Surfers Point
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Surfers Point ©
Surfers Point
Gnarabup Beach ©
Gnarabup Beach
Sugarloaf Rock ©
Sugarloaf Rock

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Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park ©
For quintessential Outback scenery and culture, you can't beat a holiday in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, a World Heritage Site.
On the 22nd (Mon), look for all kinds of wild species at Red Desert Reptiles, hike along Uluru Hiking Path, take in the exciting artwork at Walkatjara Art, then take an in-depth tour of Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, then take in the dramatic natural features at Uluru, and finally trek along Kuniya Walk. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get outside with Walpa Gorge, take in the dramatic natural features at Kata Tjuta, and then appreciate the views at Valley of the Winds.

For other places to visit, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip itinerary tool .

Do a combination of bus and flight from Margaret River to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 14 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Margaret River to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park due to the time zone difference. In October, daily temperatures in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Red Desert Reptiles
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Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga ©
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga
Valley of the Winds ©
Valley of the Winds

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Wed): identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas. Keep things going the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at St Monica's Cathedral, learn about all things military at The Australian Armour & Artillery Museum, then kick back and relax at Trinity Beach, and finally kick back and relax at Palm Cove Beach.

For photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Cairns trip planner .

You can fly from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Cairns in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. When traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in October, plan for little chillier days and a bit warmer nights in Cairns: temperatures range from 34°C by day to 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) so you can drive to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Palm Cove Beach, Trinity Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach

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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 26th (Fri): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On the 27th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore and take pictures at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, meet the residents at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, then learn about winemaking at Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery, and finally kick back and relax at Four Mile Beach.

To see more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Port Douglas tour planner.

Drive from Cairns to Port Douglas in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in October, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Four Mile Beach ©
Four Mile Beach

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Gold Coast

Gold Coast ©
A city of towering skyscrapers, sandy beaches, and tree-lined streets, Gold Coast has an unpretentious air complemented by a citywide focus on sports and the arts.
On the 28th (Sun), enjoy the sand and surf at Burleigh Head National Park, then kick back and relax at Kirra Beach, then shop like a local with Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre, and finally stroll through Kurrawa Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Mon): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Natural Bridge.

For photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Gold Coast online trip maker .

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Port Douglas to Gold Coast in 6.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle, flight, and train; or drive. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Port Douglas in October; daily highs in Gold Coast reach 29°C and lows reach 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Noosa.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trip

Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre
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Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park
Kirra Beach ©
Kirra Beach
Kurrawa Beach ©
Kurrawa Beach

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Noosa

Noosa ©
Known for its "green" development and north-facing beach, Noosa is a natural getaway.
On the 30th (Tue), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tewantin National Park, then see the interesting displays at Queensland Air Museum, and then identify plant and animal life at Point Cartwright. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 31st (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at Noosa Main Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Marcoola Beach, and then kick back and relax at Mooloolaba Beach.

To find ratings, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Noosa tour itinerary maker .

Getting from Gold Coast to Noosa by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Noosa

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Mooloolaba, Marcoola Beach, Queensland Air Museum
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Noosa Main Beach ©
Noosa Main Beach
Mooloolaba Beach ©
Mooloolaba Beach
Marcoola Beach ©
Marcoola Beach

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