20 days in Australia Itinerary

20 days in Australia Itinerary

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20 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Valletta, Island of Malta
Fly:  28​h
1
Cairns
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
2
Hamilton Island
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + foot + train:  6​h
3
Mooloolaba
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Gold Coast
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h
5
Melbourne
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
6
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  36​h
End: Valletta, Island of Malta


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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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Opal Reef and River Rafting & Tubing. Get outdoors at Atherton Tablelands and Hartley's Crocodile Adventures. Get out of town with these interesting Cairns side-trips: Port Douglas (Horses in Port, Agincourt Reef, & more) and Spas (in Palm Cove). There's more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Monica's Cathedral and walk around Anzac Park.

For more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Cairns route app .

Valletta, Malta to Cairns is an approximately 28-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. You'll lose 9 hours traveling from Valletta to Cairns due to the time zone difference. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Valletta in August; daily highs in Cairns reach 31°C and lows reach 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Hamilton Island.

Things to do in Cairns

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Port Douglas, Palm Cove
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River Rafting & Tubing
Agincourt Reef ©
Agincourt Reef
Atherton Tablelands ©
Atherton Tablelands

2
nights
Hamilton Island

Hamilton Island ©
A trip to Hamilton Island takes you to a car-free destination mostly covered in bushland.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Tue): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to Passage Peak, then kick back and relax at Catseye Beach, and then go for a stroll along the water at Hamilton Island Marina.

To find reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Hamilton Island trip tool .

You can fly from Cairns to Hamilton Island in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. Traveling from Cairns in August, expect nights in Hamilton Island to be about the same, around 21°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Mooloolaba.

Things to do in Hamilton Island

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Catseye Beach ©
Catseye Beach
Hamilton Island Marina ©
Hamilton Island Marina
Passage Peak ©
Passage Peak

2
nights
Mooloolaba

Mooloolaba ©
Once just a small port at the mouth of Mooloolah River, Mooloolaba is now a hotbed of tourism and a place more than worth adding to your Sunshine Coast itinerary.
On the 8th (Thu), kick back and relax at Maroochydore Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Mooloolaba Beach, then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and finally delve into the lush surroundings at Buderim Forest Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at Kings Beach, then trek along Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve, then take in the dramatic scenery at Kondalilla Falls, and finally enjoy the sea views from Caloundra Lighthouses.

For more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, use the Mooloolaba trip planner .

Getting from Hamilton Island to Mooloolaba by combination of flight and train takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry, bus, and train; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Traveling from Hamilton Island in August, Mooloolaba is a bit cooler at night with lows of 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Mooloolaba

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Caloundra, Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve, Kondalilla Falls, Maroochydore Beach, Buderim Forest Park
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Maroochydore Beach ©
Maroochydore Beach
Mooloolaba Beach ©
Mooloolaba Beach
Kings Beach ©
Kings Beach

4
nights
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Dolphin & Whale Watching and Lennox Head Beach. Old St Stephen's Catholic Church (Pugin Chapel) and Boggo Road Gaol (Jail) are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Change things up with these side-trips from Gold Coast: Tropical Fruit World (in Duranbah) and Belongil Beach (in Byron Bay). And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Burleigh Head National Park, tour the pleasant surroundings at Burleigh Heads Beach, make a trip to Snapper Rocks, and get outside with Pelican Feeding.

To see reviews, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Gold Coast trip app .

You can drive from Mooloolaba to Gold Coast in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In August, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Byron Bay, Brisbane, Lennox Head Beach, Tropical Fruit World
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Kirra Beach ©
Kirra Beach
Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Coolangatta Beach ©
Coolangatta Beach

4
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Popular historic sites such as St. Patrick's Cathedral and St Paul's Cathedral are in your itinerary. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park and Brighton Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Melbourne: Eastern Beach Reserve (in Geelong), Rhyll Trout and Bush Tucker Farm (in Rhyll) and Spas (in Daylesford). There's much more to do: take in the awesome beauty at Dandenong Ranges National Park, learn about winemaking at Main Ridge Estate, enjoy the sand and surf at St. Kilda Beach, and identify plant and animal life at Phillip Island Wildlife Park.

To find more things to do, maps, photos, and tourist information, read Melbourne sightseeing planner.

Traveling by flight from Gold Coast to Melbourne takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Gold Coast in August, things will get a bit cooler in Melbourne: highs are around 16°C and lows about 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Red Hill, Eastern Beach Reserve, St. Kilda Beach, Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit, Rhyll Trout and Bush Tucker Farm
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Brighton Beach ©
Brighton Beach
Eastern Beach Reserve ©
Eastern Beach Reserve

2
nights
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 18th (Sun), appreciate the views at Valley of the Winds, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Kata Tjuta, then admire all the interesting features of Uluru, and finally trek along Kuniya Walk. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through Uluru Hiking Path, get engrossed in the history at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, then view the masterpieces at Walkatjara Art, then take in the pleasant sights at Lungkata Walk, and finally get outside with Walpa Gorge.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. While traveling from Melbourne, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, ranging from highs of 27°C to lows of 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Valley of the Winds ©
Valley of the Winds
Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga ©
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga