20 days in Australia Itinerary

20 days in Australia Itinerary

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20 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Wellington
Fly:  6​h 45​min
1
Gold Coast
— 2 nights
+2
train + foot + Fly:  5​h 15​min
2
Lord Howe Island
— 1 day
Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Sydney
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
4
Melbourne
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
5
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 1 night
Fly + shuttle:  6​h
6
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
7
Cape Tribulation
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
8
Cairns
— 2 nights
Fly:  23​h 15​min
End: Vienna

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Sat): explore the striking landscape of Burleigh Head National Park, then identify plant and animal life at David Fleay Wildlife Park, and then see the interesting displays at Ripley's Believe It Or Not! Surfers Paradise. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through Burleigh Heads Beach, view the masterpieces at Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre, then experience rural life at Tropical Fruit World, and finally visit a coastal fixture at Fingal Head Lighthouse.

To find photos, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Gold Coast online journey planner .

Wellington, New Zealand to Gold Coast is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Wellington to Gold Coast is minus 2 hours. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Wellington in February: high temperatures in Gold Coast hover around 32°C and lows are around 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) so you can travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre, Tropical Fruit World, Fingal Head Lighthouse
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Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park
Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
David Fleay Wildlife Park ©
David Fleay Wildlife Park

1
day
Lord Howe Island

Lord Howe Island ©
Bursting out of the Tasman Sea, Lord Howe Island offers stunning scenery and many sandy beaches.
On the 4th (Mon), trek along Lord Howe Island Walking Trails, then kick back and relax at Lagoon Beach, then get a new perspective on nature at Lord Howe Island Museum, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Ned's Beach.

To see where to stay, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Lord Howe Island trip planner .

Explore your travel options from Gold Coast to Lord Howe Island with the Route module. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Lord Howe Island

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Ned's Beach ©
Ned's Beach
Lagoon Beach ©
Lagoon Beach
Lord Howe Island Walking Trails ©
Lord Howe Island Walking Trails

4
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.
The Rocks and Sydney Opera House are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Take a break from the city and head to Bondi Beach and Coogee Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Sydney side-trips: Pulpit Rock Lookout (in Blue Mountains National Park) and Featherdale Wildlife Park (in Blacktown). There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Manly Beach, hike along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, identify plant and animal life at Muogamarra Nature Reserve, and have fun at Cremorne Reserve.

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Fly from Lord Howe Island to Sydney in 3.5 hours. In February, daily temperatures in Sydney can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Pulpit Rock Lookout, Featherdale Wildlife Park
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Darling Harbour ©
Darling Harbour

3
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Get in touch with nature at Melbourne Zoo and St. Kilda Beach. Spend the 15th (Fri) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's much more to do: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, admire the majestic nature at Warrandyte State Park, enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck 88, and wander the streets of Degraves Street.

To see traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Melbourne road trip planning app .

You can fly from Sydney to Melbourne in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Sydney in February, Melbourne is little chillier at night with lows of 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Melbourne

Wildlife Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

St. Kilda Beach
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Warrandyte State Park ©
Warrandyte State Park
St. Kilda Beach ©
St. Kilda Beach
Nature & Wildlife Tours

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Tue): take in the awesome beauty at Kata Tjuta, take in the exciting artwork at Walkatjara Art, then get answers to all your questions at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, then trek along Kuniya Walk, and finally don't miss a visit to Uluru.

To see photos, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park road trip tool .

You can fly from Melbourne to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 5 hours. Another option is to drive. Traveling from Melbourne in February, expect Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to be somewhat warmer, temps between 43°C and 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Museums
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Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga ©
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga
Kuniya Walk ©
Kuniya Walk

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.
Get outdoors at Scuba & Snorkeling and Safaris. The adventure continues: relax in the rural setting at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, learn about winemaking at Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery, and stroll through Four Mile Beach.

To find ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Port Douglas online route planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Port Douglas takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. When traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in February, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Port Douglas: temperatures range from 36°C by day to 28°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) so you can travel to Cape Tribulation.

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
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sat): engage your brain at Daintree Discovery Centre, then view the masterpieces at Floravilla Ice Cream Factory, then enjoy the sand and surf at Myall Beach, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Cape Tribulation Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Sun): explore the striking landscape of Daintree National Park.

To see photos and other tourist information, you can read our Cape Tribulation trip planner .

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Port Douglas to Cape Tribulation in 2 hours. In February, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Floravilla Ice Cream Factory, Daintree Discovery Centre
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Daintree Discovery Centre ©
Daintree Discovery Centre
Daintree National Park ©
Daintree National Park
Myall Beach ©
Myall 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.
On the 22nd (Fri), see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Keep things going the next day: explore the world behind art at Samurai Gallery Australia, kick back and relax at Trinity Beach, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Palm Cove Beach, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at St Monica's Cathedral.

For other places to visit, photos, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Cairns travel planner .

Do a combination of car, ferry, and bus from Cape Tribulation to Cairns in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, ferry, and shuttle; or drive. February in Cairns sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Trinity Beach, Palm Cove Beach
Find places to stay Feb 17 — 19:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach

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