20 days in Australia Itinerary

20 days in Australia Itinerary

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20 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Adelaide
Fly:  3​h 30​min
1
Melbourne
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Canberra
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Sydney
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
4
Lord Howe Island
— 2 nights
Fly + shuttle:  7​h 30​min
5
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
shuttle + Fly:  5​h 45​min
6
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 3 nights
Fly:  7​h
End: Adelaide


4
nights
Melbourne

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
You'll explore and learn at Melbourne Museum and The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Shrine of Remembrance and Melbourne Central. And it doesn't end there: explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Victoria, get interesting insight from Tours, take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, and take an in-depth tour of Italian Museum and Historical Society.

To see ratings, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Melbourne holiday maker site .

Adelaide to Melbourne is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. In January in Melbourne, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can travel to Canberra.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums Outdoors Tours
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Balloon Rides
Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum

1
night
Canberra

Canberra ©
A planned city with streets laid out in elaborate, geometric patterns and founded specifically to serve as the capital of the emerging Australian state, Canberra has a self-sufficient atmosphere.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sun): examine the collection at National Bonsai & Penjing Collection, then admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Australia, then explore the galleries of Scott Leggo Gallery, and finally get engrossed in the history at Australian War Memorial.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read Canberra travel route builder tool .

Fly from Melbourne to Canberra in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Canberra can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Sydney.

Things to do in Canberra

Museums Shopping
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Australian War Memorial ©
Australian War Memorial
National Gallery of Australia ©
National Gallery of Australia
National Bonsai & Penjing Collection ©

5
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.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Bondi Beach and Clovelly. Let the collections at Australian National Maritime Museum and White Rabbit Gallery capture your imagination. Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Sydney Opera House, hunt for treasures at Sydney Fish Market, enjoy the sand and surf at Manly Beach, and admire the masterpieces at Art Gallery of New South Wales.

To find photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Sydney journey builder app .

You can drive from Canberra to Sydney in 3.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Sydney when traveling from Canberra in January, with lows around 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can travel to Lord Howe Island.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Museums
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Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
The Rocks ©
The Rocks

2
nights
Lord Howe Island

Lord Howe Island ©
Bursting out of the Tasman Sea, Lord Howe Island offers stunning scenery and many sandy beaches.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Sat): see the interesting displays at Lord Howe Island Museum, then kick back and relax at Lagoon Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Ned's Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Sun): take in the awesome beauty at Mt Gower, then explore the striking landscape at Ball's Pyramid, and then hike along Lord Howe Island Walking Trails.

To find more things to do, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read Lord Howe Island online day trip planner .

You can fly from Sydney to Lord Howe Island in 3.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Lord Howe Island

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

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.
We've included these beaches for you: Thornton Beach and Myall Beach. Get outdoors at Scuba & Snorkeling and Safaris. The adventure continues: look for gifts at With Sugar.

To see ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Port Douglas trip maker site .

Do a combination of flight and shuttle from Lord Howe Island to Port Douglas in 7.5 hours. January in Port Douglas sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Cape Tribulation
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
With Sugar ©
With Sugar

3
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.
Let the collections at Walkatjara Art and Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre capture your imagination. Get outdoors at Uluru and Kuniya Walk. There's lots more to do: take in the awesome beauty at Kata Tjuta, appreciate the views at Valley of the Winds, go for a walk through Field of Light, and head outdoors with Walpa Gorge.

For where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park online tour itinerary planner .

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Port Douglas to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Port Douglas in January, you will find days in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park are somewhat warmer (43°C), and nights are about the same (26°C). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Walkatjara Art ©
Walkatjara Art
Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta ©
Kata Tjuta

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