20 days in Australia Itinerary

20 days in Australia Itinerary

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20 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  23​h 15​min
1
Cairns
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
2
Whitsunday Island
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Brisbane
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Noosa
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
5
Byron Bay
— 3 nights
bus + Fly:  4​h 30​min
6
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
7
Melbourne
— 2 nights
Fly:  24​h
End: London

3
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Agincourt Reef and Trinity Beach. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to River Rafting & Tubing and Spas. The adventure continues: enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, stop by Australian Leather Company, view the masterpieces at Doongal Aboriginal Art Gallery Cairns, and have fun at Esplanade Lagoon Pool.

To see other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Cairns day trip planning site .

London, UK to Cairns is an approximately 23.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from London to Cairns is 10 hours. Prepare for much warmer weather when traveling from London in January: high temperatures in Cairns hover around 37°C and lows are around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can travel to Whitsunday Island.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Port Douglas, Trinity Beach
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Balloon Rides
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
Agincourt Reef ©
Agincourt Reef

1
night
Whitsunday Island

Whitsunday Island ©
Start off your visit on the 29th (Wed): explore the activities along Hill Inlet and then stroll through Whitehaven Beach.

To see where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Whitsunday Island trip planner .

Getting from Cairns to Whitsunday Island by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. January in Whitsunday Island sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Hamilton Island.

Things to do in Whitsunday Island

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Hill Inlet ©
Hill Inlet
Whitehaven Beach ©
Whitehaven Beach

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Thu): take a stroll through West End, enjoy the sand and surf at Moffat Beach, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Dicky Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: take a stroll through Queen Street Mall, see the interesting displays at Queensland Museum & Sciencentre, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nepalese Pagoda.

To find reviews, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Brisbane day trip planner .

You can fly from Whitsunday Island to Brisbane in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a train. In January, daily temperatures in Brisbane can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) early enough to drive to Noosa.

Things to do in Brisbane

Neighborhoods Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Caloundra
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West End ©
West End
Queensland Museum & Sciencentre ©
Queensland Museum & Sciencentre
Queen Street Mall ©
Queen Street Mall

3
nights
Noosa

Noosa ©
Known for its "green" development and north-facing beach, Noosa is a natural getaway.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Mooloolaba Beach and Tewantin National Park. Get in touch with nature at Noosa National Park and Buderim Forest Park. Go for a jaunt from Noosa to Maroochydore to see Spas about 44 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: stroll through Noosa Main Beach, wander the streets of Hastings Street, enjoy breathtaking views from Mount Tinbeerwah, and view the masterpieces at Tina Cooper Gallery.

To see reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Noosa trip tool .

Traveling by car from Brisbane to Noosa takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) so you can drive to Byron Bay.

Things to do in Noosa

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Mooloolaba Beach, Tina Cooper Gallery, Buderim Forest Park, Spas
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Mooloolaba Beach ©
Mooloolaba Beach
Noosa National Park ©
Noosa National Park
Noosa Main Beach ©
Noosa Main Beach

3
nights
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Lennox Head Beach and Wategos Beach. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Broken Head Beach and Lighthouse Beach. Step out of Byron Bay to go to Ballina and see Ballina Naval & Maritime Museum, which is approximately 34 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, take some stellar pictures from Broken Head Nature Reserve, look for all kinds of wild species at Pat Morton Lookout, and hike along Cape Byron Walking Track.

For other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Byron Bay trip builder .

Traveling by car from Noosa to Byron Bay takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. In February in Byron Bay, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 21°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Byron Bay

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Lennox Head, Broken Head, Ballina
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Lighthouse Beach ©
Lighthouse Beach
Lennox Head Beach ©
Lennox Head Beach
Kayaking & Canoeing

3
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Wentworth Falls and Palm Beach. Get outdoors at Manly Beach and Clovelly Beach. And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Bondi Beach, take a stroll through Darling Harbour, appreciate the extensive heritage of The Rocks, and see a show at Sydney Opera House.

To see where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Sydney itinerary tool .

Do a combination of bus and flight from Byron Bay to Sydney in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 31°C in February, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Palm Beach, Wentworth Falls
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Darling Harbour ©
Darling Harbour
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
The Rocks ©
The Rocks

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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Mon): get the lay of the land with Royal Botanic Gardens, then learn about all things military at Shrine of Remembrance, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Brighton Beach.

To find other places to visit and more tourist information, go to the Melbourne road trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Melbourne takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Sydney in February, Melbourne is little chillier at night with lows of 16°C. On the 11th (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Brighton Beach
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Brighton Beach ©
Brighton Beach
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance

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