20 days in Australia Itinerary

20 days in Australia Itinerary

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20 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
1
Melbourne
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Canberra
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Sydney
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Katoomba
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Nowra
— Few hours
Drive:  6​h 45​min
6
Sale
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
7
Fish Creek
— Few hours
Drive:  45​min
8
Wilsons Promontory National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
9
Cowes
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  4​h
10
Lorne
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
11
Port Campbell
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
End: Melbourne

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.
Shrine of Remembrance and Melbourne Central are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Parliament House of Victoria and St Joseph's Church. And it doesn't end there: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, examine the collection at Melbourne Museum, soar above the sights with a balloon tour, and wander the streets of Melbourne Laneways.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Melbourne day trip planning site .

If you are flying in from Netherlands, the closest major airport is Melbourne International Airport. In April, daily temperatures in Melbourne can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Canberra.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

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

2
nights
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 3rd (Fri): steep yourself in history at Ginninderra Village, then learn about winemaking at Wily Trout Vineyard, then learn about winemaking at Gundog Cork Street Cellar, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at St John the Baptist Church. On the 4th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get engrossed in the history at Australian War Memorial, then explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Australia, and then identify plant and animal life at Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve.

To see reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Canberra day trip site .

Fly from Melbourne to Canberra in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Melbourne in May, plan for slightly colder nights in Canberra, with lows around 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Sydney.

Things to do in Canberra

Museums Wineries Historic Sites

Side Trips

Gundog Cork Street Cellar, Wily Trout Vineyard
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Australian War Memorial ©
Australian War Memorial
Gundog Cork Street Cellar ©
Gundog Cork Street Cellar
National Gallery of Australia ©
National Gallery of Australia

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.
The Rocks and Darling Harbour are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Bondi Beach and Clovelly Beach. Spend the 7th (Tue) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. The adventure continues: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, kick back and relax at Manly Beach, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Sydney online driving holiday planner .

Traveling by car from Canberra to Sydney takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Canberra in May, things will get somewhat warmer in Sydney: highs are around 24°C and lows about 14°C. You will have some time to spend on the 9th (Thu) before leaving for Katoomba.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach

1
night
Katoomba

Katoomba ©
Located off of the Great Western Highway, Katoomba is the main hub of the City of Blue Mountains.
You've now added Govetts Leap to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 9th (Thu): get great views at Govetts Leap.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Katoomba trip itinerary builder website .

You can drive from Sydney to Katoomba in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. Traveling from Sydney in May, expect little chillier with lows of 8°C in Katoomba. You'll have a few hours on the 10th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling to Nowra.
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Govetts Leap ©
Govetts Leap

few
hours
Nowra

Nowra ©
Nowra is a town in the South Coast region of New South Wales, Australia. Sea Cliff Bridge has been added to your itinerary.

To see ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Nowra trip planner .

Traveling by car from Katoomba to Nowra takes 3 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Nowra can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Fri) to allow time for travel to Sale.
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Sea Cliff Bridge ©
Sea Cliff Bridge

2
nights
Sale

Sale
Set sail from Sale to explore the entire Gippsland Lakes and their invigorating fresh air and outdoor activities before heading back to the Port of Sale for the café culture of a major regional hub.
To find where to stay, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read our Sale trip itinerary maker site .

Drive from Lakes Entrance to Sale in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in April, and nighttime lows around 10°C. You'll have a few hours on the 14th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling to Fish Creek.

Things to do in Sale

Parks Outdoors Nature
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Fish Creek

Fish Creek
Fish Creek is a small township in Victoria, Australia. To find where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Fish Creek day trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Sale to Fish Creek takes 2 hours. You'll have a few hours on the 15th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling to Wilsons Promontory National Park.

Things to do in Fish Creek

Parks Outdoors Tours
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1
night
Wilsons Promontory National Park

Wilsons Promontory National Park ©
Fondly known as ‘The Prom’, Wilsons Promontory is one of Victoria’s best loved national parks.
On the 15th (Mon), stroll through Squeaky Beach.

For reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Wilsons Promontory National Park road trip planner.

Getting from Fish Creek to Wilsons Promontory National Park by car takes about an hour. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Cowes.

Things to do in Wilsons Promontory National Park

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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Squeaky Beach ©
Squeaky Beach

2
nights
Cowes

Cowes
Resting on the northern coast of Philip Island, Cowes is sandwiched between a coast and a forest.
For maps and tourist information, go to the Cowes day trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Wilsons Promontory National Park to Cowes takes 2 hours. In April, daytime highs in Cowes are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. You'll have a few hours on the 17th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling to Lorne.

Things to do in Cowes

Parks Outdoors Wildlife
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1
night
Lorne

Lorne
Lorne is a seaside town on Louttit Bay in Victoria, Australia. To find photos, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Lorne trip planner .

Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Cowes to Lorne takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of taxi, train, and bus. In April in Lorne, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 11°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 18th (Thu) before leaving for Port Campbell.

Things to do in Lorne

Parks Nature Outdoors
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1
night
Port Campbell

Port Campbell
Port Campbell is a coastal town in Victoria, Australia. To find traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Port Campbell trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Lorne to Port Campbell takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. On the 19th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Port Campbell

Parks Nature Outdoors
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