20 days in Australia Itinerary

20 days in Australia Itinerary

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20 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Dubai
Fly:  16​h
1
Melbourne
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Canberra
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Sydney
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
4
Lord Howe Island
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
5
Cairns
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
6
Port Douglas
— 3 nights
shuttle + Fly:  5​h 45​min
7
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 1 night
Fly:  21​h 15​min
End: Dubai

3
nights
Melbourne

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Visit Shrine of Remembrance and Old Melbourne Gaol for their historical value. Museum-lovers will get to explore Melbourne Museum and The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia. And it doesn't end there: explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Victoria, take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, take in the exciting artwork at Craft Victoria, and get engrossed in the history at Royal Historical Society of Victoria.

To find reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Melbourne travel site .

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Melbourne is an approximately 16-hour flight. You can also do a combination of shuttle and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 6 hours traveling from Dubai to Melbourne. In January, daily temperatures in Melbourne can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Canberra.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums Parks Historic Sites
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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): get engrossed in the history at Australian War Memorial, then explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Australia, then explore the world behind art at National Portrait Gallery, and finally get a sense of history and politics at Parliament of Australia.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Canberra trip builder tool .

Fly from Melbourne to Canberra in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in January, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to drive to Sydney.

Things to do in Canberra

Museums
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Australian War Memorial ©
Australian War Memorial
National Gallery of Australia ©
National Gallery of Australia
National Portrait Gallery ©
National Portrait Gallery

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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Australian National Maritime Museum and Museum of Contemporary Art. Get some cultural insight at The Rocks and Hyde Park Barracks Museum. Next up on the itinerary: see a show at Sydney Opera House, explore the world behind art at Art Gallery of New South Wales, enjoy the sand and surf at Bondi Beach, and take in nature's colorful creations at The Royal Botanic Garden.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read our Sydney trip planner.

You can drive from Canberra to Sydney in 3.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Sydney when traveling from Canberra in January, with lows around 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Lord Howe Island.

Things to do in Sydney

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

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 11th (Fri): learn more about the world around you at Lord Howe Island Museum, then stroll through Lagoon Beach, and then kick back and relax at Ned's Beach. On the 12th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll through Lord Howe Island Walking Trails, explore the striking landscape at Ball's Pyramid, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt Gower.

You can plan Lord Howe Island trip in no time by asking Inspirock to help create your itinerary.

You can fly from Sydney to Lord Howe Island in 3.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can travel to Cairns.

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

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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sun): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: trek along Esplanade Boardwalk, then enjoy the sand and surf at Trinity Beach, and then admire the sheer force of Josephine Falls.

To find maps, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read our Cairns vacation planner .

Getting from Lord Howe Island to Cairns by flight takes about 5.5 hours. January in Cairns sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trip

Trinity Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach

3
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Scuba & Snorkeling and Safaris. Next up on the itinerary: explore and take pictures at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, look for gifts at With Sugar, and enjoy the sand and surf at Four Mile Beach.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Port Douglas online trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by car from Cairns to Port Douglas takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. January in Port Douglas sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

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.
On the 18th (Fri), take an in-depth tour of Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, take in the exciting artwork at Walkatjara Art, identify plant and animal life at Kuniya Walk, then contemplate the waterfront views at Mutitjulu Waterhole, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Uluru. Here are some ideas for day two: get outside with Walpa Gorge, then explore the striking landscape at Kata Tjuta, and then hike along Uluru Hiking Path.

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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, expect nights in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to be about the same, around 26°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 43°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

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

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