20 days in Australia Itinerary

20 days in Australia Itinerary

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20 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Amsterdam
Fly:  28​h
1
Mission Beach
— 1 day
Drive:  3​h
2
Townsville
— 1 night
bus:  3​h 45​min
3
Airlie Beach
— 1 night
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  5​h 45​min
4
Sydney
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 45​min
5
Coffs Harbour
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
6
Byron Bay
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
7
Caloundra
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
8
Boreen Point
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
9
Hervey Bay
— 1 night
taxi + train:  1​h
10
Bundaberg
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 30​min
11
Cairns
— 5 nights
Fly:  21​h 45​min
End: Amsterdam

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Mission Beach

Mission Beach ©
Gracing the coast along the Coral Sea, Mission Beach is a collection of villages that merged into one city.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Wed): view the masterpieces at Helen Wiltshire Gallery, then enjoy the sand and surf at Mission Beach, and then take a memorable tour with Tours.

To see where to stay, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Mission Beach online trip itinerary maker .

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Mission Beach is an approximately 28-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) is 9 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can go by car to Townsville.

Things to do in Mission Beach

Outdoors Tours Parks
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Mission Beach ©
Mission Beach
Fishing Charters & Tours
Helen Wiltshire Gallery ©
Helen Wiltshire Gallery

1
night
Townsville

Townsville ©
Tucked snugly beneath a steep, craggy mount--known as Castle Hill--the vibrant city of Townsville is as picturesque as its backdrop.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Thu): view the masterpieces at The Drill Hall Studio, don't miss a visit to Jezzine Barracks, then stroll through The Strand, and finally take in the pleasant sights at Castle Hill.

To find reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Townsville holiday planning website .

Traveling by car from Mission Beach to Townsville takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In December, daily temperatures in Townsville can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can catcht the bus to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Townsville

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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The Strand ©
The Strand
Castle Hill
Castle Hill
Jezzine Barracks ©
Jezzine Barracks

1
night
Airlie Beach

Airlie Beach ©
Very much a town with an emphasis on the tropical lifestyle, Airlie Beach offers exotic surroundings with palm trees and charming, sandy beaches.
On the 21st (Fri), take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, stop by Into The Blue Gallery, and then kick back and relax at Airlie Beach Lagoon.

For reviews, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, use the Airlie Beach travel itinerary planner .

You can take a bus from Townsville to Airlie Beach in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. December in Airlie Beach sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) to allow time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Tours Adventure
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Airlie Beach Lagoon ©
Airlie Beach Lagoon
Kayaking & Canoeing
Into The Blue Gallery ©
Into The Blue Gallery

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night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): admire the striking features of Sydney Tower Eye and Skywalk, admire the natural beauty at Chinese Garden of Friendship, then explore the world behind art at Art Gallery of New South Wales, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Camp Cove, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Watson's Bay. On the 23rd (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Australian National Maritime Museum, get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Manly Scenic Walkway, and finally stroll through Clovelly.

To find reviews, maps, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Sydney vacation planner .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Airlie Beach to Sydney takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and flight; or drive. Traveling from Airlie Beach in December, plan for little chillier nights in Sydney, with lows around 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can travel to Coffs Harbour.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Museums
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Watson's Bay ©
Watson's Bay
Art Gallery of New South Wales ©
Art Gallery of New South Wales
Chinese Garden of Friendship ©
Chinese Garden of Friendship

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Coffs Harbour

Coffs Harbour ©
Nestled between the mountains and the ocean, Coffs Harbour is one of the larger cities in New South Wales.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Mon): meet the residents at Pet Porpoise Pool - Dolphin Marine Magic, make a trip to The Big Banana, then stroll through Diggers beach, and finally get great views at Forest Sky Pier.

For ratings, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read Coffs Harbour day trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Coffs Harbour takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. December in Coffs Harbour sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 21°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Byron Bay.

Things to do in Coffs Harbour

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Outdoors
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Forest Sky Pier ©
Forest Sky Pier
Diggers beach ©
Diggers beach

2
nights
Byron Bay

Byron Bay
Named after Lord Byron's grandfather, Byron Bay is not only famous as the easternmost point of Australia, but even more so as one of the liveliest vacation spots in the country.
On the 25th (Tue), paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, kick back and relax at Wategos Beach, and then trek along Cape Byron Walking Track. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: experience rural life at The Farm Byron Bay, then get all the equipment you need at Gear Rentals, and then stroll through Broken Head Beach.

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Traveling by car from Coffs Harbour to Byron Bay takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Coffs Harbour in December: highs in Byron Bay hover around 34°C, while lows dip to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Caloundra.

Things to do in Byron Bay

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trip

Broken Head Beach
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Cape Byron Walking Track
Cape Byron Walking Track
Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Kayaking & Canoeing

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night
Caloundra

Caloundra ©
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Kings Beach, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Mooloolaba Beach, and then get your game on at Rockit Climbing Gym.

For other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Caloundra trip planner .

You can drive from Byron Bay to Caloundra in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. December in Caloundra sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 23°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to travel to Boreen Point.

Things to do in Caloundra

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Rockit Climbing Gym, Mooloolaba Beach
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Mooloolaba Beach ©
Mooloolaba Beach
Kings Beach ©
Kings Beach
Rockit Climbing Gym ©
Rockit Climbing Gym

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night
Boreen Point

Boreen Point
On the 28th (Fri), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Noosa National Park and then take some stellar pictures from Laguna Lookout.

To see reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Boreen Point vacation builder app .

Traveling by car from Caloundra to Boreen Point takes 1.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Hervey Bay.

Things to do in Boreen Point

Parks Nature

Side Trip

Noosa
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Noosa National Park
Noosa National Park
Laguna Lookout ©
Laguna Lookout

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night
Hervey Bay

With the largest population in the Fraser Coast Region, Hervey Bay is a hub of activity.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sat): explore the landscape on two wheels at Esplanade and then take a memorable tour with Tours.

To see photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Hervey Bay route website .

You can drive from Boreen Point to Hervey Bay in 2 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Hervey Bay can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Bundaberg.

Things to do in Hervey Bay

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Esplanade ©
Esplanade

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night
Bundaberg

Bundaberg ©
Bundaberg is a city in Bundaberg Region, Queensland, Australia. On the 30th (Sun), brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Bundaberg Rum Distillery, then look for all kinds of wild species at Mon Repos, then stroll through Alexandra Park, and finally browse the collection at Bundaberg Regional Libraries.

To find reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Bundaberg trip itinerary builder app .

Do a combination of taxi and train from Hervey Bay to Bundaberg in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In December, daytime highs in Bundaberg are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Bundaberg

Parks Wildlife Breweries
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Mon Repos ©
Mon Repos
Bundaberg Rum Distillery ©
Bundaberg Rum Distillery
Bundaberg Regional Libraries ©
Bundaberg Regional Libraries

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nights
Cairns

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas and Botanical Gardens. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cairns: Palm Cove Beach (in Palm Cove) and Australian Butterfly Sanctuary (in Kuranda). Spend the 4th (Fri) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Mossman Gorge, admire the masterpieces at Samurai Gallery Australia, pause for some serene contemplation at St Monica's Cathedral, and let the kids burn off some steam at Muddy's Playground.

To see more things to do, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Cairns trip itinerary builder website .

You can fly from Bundaberg to Cairns in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In December, daily temperatures in Cairns can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. On the 5th (Sat), you're off tohome.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, Mossman Gorge, Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, Trinity Beach, Palm Cove Beach
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Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas ©
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas
Botanical Gardens ©
Botanical Gardens
Helicopter Tours

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