20 days in Australia Itinerary

20 days in Australia Itinerary

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20 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Winnipeg
+2
Fly + foot + train:  23​h
1
Gold Coast
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
2
Brisbane
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
3
Hamilton Island
— 1 night
Travel:  3​h
4
Whitsunday Island
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 30​min
5
Melbourne
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
6
Sydney
— 6 nights
Fly:  23​h 30​min
End: Winnipeg

1
night
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 30th (Sat): stroll through Surfers Paradise Beach and then find something for the whole family at Warner Bros. Movie World. On your second day here, look for all kinds of wild species at David Fleay Wildlife Park, kick back and relax at Burleigh Heads Beach, and then explore the striking landscape of Burleigh Head National Park.

To see maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Gold Coast road trip site .

Winnipeg, Canada to Gold Coast is an approximately 23-hour combination of flight and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Winnipeg to Gold Coast is 16 hours. Prepare for much hotter weather when traveling from Winnipeg in March: high temperatures in Gold Coast hover around 32°C and lows are around 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sun) so you can go by car to Brisbane.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Surfers Paradise Beach ©
Surfers Paradise Beach
Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
David Fleay Wildlife Park ©
David Fleay Wildlife Park

3
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.
Relax by the water at Dicky Beach and Moffat Beach. There's lots more to do: identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, take in the spiritual surroundings of Catholic Old St. Stephen's Church (chapel), get a sense of history and politics at City Hall, and let little ones run wild at South Bank Parklands.

For reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Brisbane trip itinerary tool .

You can drive from Gold Coast to Brisbane in an hour. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In March, daily temperatures in Brisbane can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) so you can travel to Hamilton Island.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Caloundra
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Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Dicky Beach ©
Dicky Beach
Moffat Beach ©
Moffat Beach

1
night
Hamilton Island

Hamilton Island
A trip to Hamilton Island takes you to a car-free destination mostly covered in bushland.
On the 4th (Thu), get interesting insight from Tours.

To see traveler tips, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Hamilton Island vacation builder app .

Traveling by flight from Brisbane to Hamilton Island takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, bus, and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Traveling from Brisbane in April, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 26°C in Hamilton Island. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to travel to Whitsunday Island.

Things to do in Hamilton Island

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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1
night
Whitsunday Island

Whitsunday Island ©
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Fri): step off the mainland to explore Whitsunday Islands National Park and then enjoy the sand and surf at Whitehaven Beach.

To see more things to do, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Whitsunday Island trip planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Hamilton Island to Whitsunday Island. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Hamilton Island in April since evenings lows in Whitsunday Island dip to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Whitsunday Island

Parks Wildlife Nature
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Whitehaven Beach ©
Whitehaven Beach
Whitsunday Islands National Park ©
Whitsunday Islands National Park

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 Shrine of Remembrance and St. Patrick's Cathedral are in your itinerary. Get some cultural insight at Melbourne Museum and Parliament House of Victoria. And it doesn't end there: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, tour the pleasant surroundings at Melbourne Zoo, and contemplate the long history of Old Melbourne Gaol.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Melbourne trip itinerary planning site .

You can fly from Whitsunday Island to Melbourne in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or take a train. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Whitsunday Island in April, with highs in Melbourne at 23°C and lows at 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

St. Kilda Beach
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Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance
Old Melbourne Gaol ©
Old Melbourne Gaol

6
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.
We've included these beaches for you: Bondi Beach and Clovelly Beach. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like The Rocks and Justice & Police Museum. Spend the 15th (Mon) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. The adventure continues: see a show at Sydney Opera House, kick back and relax at Manly Beach, admire the masterpieces at Art Gallery of New South Wales, and examine the collection at Hyde Park Barracks Museum.

For ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Sydney road trip planning site .

You can fly from Melbourne to Sydney in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Sydney when traveling from Melbourne in April, with lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Tue) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Parks Wildlife
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Darling Harbour ©
Darling Harbour
The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House

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