20 days in Australia Itinerary

20 days in Australia Itinerary

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20 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Leeds
+3
train + subway + train + Fly:  27​h
1
Melbourne
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Portsea
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  6​h 30​min
3
Magnetic Island
— 1 day
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  6​h 30​min
4
Cooktown
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Port Douglas
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
6
Cairns
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h
7
Brisbane
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:  30​h
End: Leeds

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.
Popular historic sites such as Shrine of Remembrance and St. Patrick's Cathedral are in your itinerary. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Art Gallery of Ballarat and Melbourne Central. Change things up with these side-trips from Melbourne: Yarra Valley Chocolaterie & Ice Creamery (in Yarra Glen) and Spas & Wellness (in Daylesford). And it doesn't end there: wander the streets of Degraves Street, contemplate the long history of Old Melbourne Gaol, take in the spiritual surroundings of St Paul's Cathedral, and admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Victoria.

To find traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Melbourne online trip builder .

Leeds, UK to Melbourne is an approximately 27-hour combination of train and flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Leeds to Melbourne, you'll lose 10 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect warmer weather when traveling from Leeds in December: highs in Melbourne hover around 30°C, while lows dip to 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can travel to Portsea.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Yarra Valley Chocolaterie & Ice Creamery, St. Kilda Beach, Art Gallery of Ballarat
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St. Patrick's Cathedral ©
St. Patrick's Cathedral
St Paul's Cathedral ©
St Paul's Cathedral
St. Kilda Beach ©
St. Kilda Beach

3
nights
Portsea

Portsea ©
Head to Merricks General Store and Anglesea Surf Centrefor plenty of shopping. Discover out-of-the-way places like Bells Beach and Portsea Back Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Safety Beach (in Dromana), 13th Beach (in Barwon Heads) and Point Leo Beach (in Point Leo).

To find traveler tips, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read Portsea trip maker website .

Traveling by car from Melbourne to Portsea takes 2 hours. In December, daytime highs in Portsea are 29°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to travel to Magnetic Island.

Things to do in Portsea

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Point Lonsdale Lighthouse, Point Leo Beach, Merricks General Store, Anglesea Surf Centre, Safety Beach
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Bells Beach ©
Bells Beach
Point Leo Beach ©
Point Leo Beach
13th Beach ©
13th Beach

1
day
Magnetic Island

Magnetic Island ©
On the 13th (Thu), tour in harmony with nature at Big Mama Sailing, then enjoy the sand and surf at Geoffrey Bay, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Magnetic Island Forts Walk.

For more things to do, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Magnetic Island trip itinerary planner.

Explore your travel options from Portsea to Magnetic Island with the Route module. Traveling from Portsea in December, you will find days in Magnetic Island are somewhat warmer (37°C), and nights are warmer (28°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to travel to Cooktown.

Things to do in Magnetic Island

Outdoors Transportation Wildlife
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Magnetic Island Forts Walk ©
Magnetic Island Forts Walk
Geoffrey Bay ©
Geoffrey Bay

1
day
Cooktown

Cooktown ©
Cooktown is a small town and locality in the Shire of Cook, Queensland, Australia. On the 14th (Fri), stroll the grounds of Cooktown War Memorial, contemplate the long history of Cooktown History Centre, then visit a coastal fixture at Grassy Hill, then get engrossed in the history at James Cook Museum, and finally kick back and relax at Finch Bay.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Cooktown tour itinerary planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Magnetic Island to Cooktown. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cooktown

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors
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Grassy Hill ©
Grassy Hill
James Cook Museum ©
James Cook Museum
Cooktown War Memorial ©
Cooktown War Memorial

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.
Do your shopping at Sunday Market Port Douglas and Coffee Works. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Agincourt Reef and With Sugar. Spend the 15th (Sat) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. And it doesn't end there: relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, shop like a local with Ngarru Gallery, look for gifts at Whileaway, and kick back and relax at Four Mile Beach.

To find photos, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Port Douglas trip builder tool .

Drive from Cooktown to Port Douglas in 3.5 hours. In December in Port Douglas, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 26°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can go by car to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Agincourt Reef ©
Agincourt Reef
Four Mile Beach ©
Four Mile Beach

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Muddy's Playground. Spend the 18th (Tue) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. It doesn't end there: enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour.

For photos, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Cairns trip itinerary website .

You can drive from Port Douglas to Cairns in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. In December in Cairns, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Balloon Rides

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Fri): identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, then examine the collection at Museum of Brisbane, and then admire the natural beauty at City Botanic Gardens. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the long history of Victoria Bridge Abutment, see the interesting displays at Queensland Museum & Sciencentre, and then wander the streets of Queen Street Mall.

For photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Brisbane itinerary maker app .

Traveling by flight from Cairns to Brisbane takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from Cairns in December, things will get little chillier in Brisbane: highs are around 32°C and lows about 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Museums Shopping
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Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Museum of Brisbane ©
Museum of Brisbane
Queen Street Mall ©
Queen Street Mall

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