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
— 6 nights
Fly:  6​h
4
Cairns
— 7 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Melbourne Zoo and Old Melbourne Gaol. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Melbourne: Werribee Open Range Zoo (in Werribee) and The Great Ocean Road (in Torquay). There's lots more to do: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck 88, enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, and brush up on your military savvy at Shrine of Remembrance.

For maps, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read Melbourne trip itinerary site .

Use the Route module to see travel options from your home to Melbourne. December in Melbourne sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 14°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Canberra.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

The Great Ocean Road, Werribee Open Range Zoo
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Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo
Werribee Open Range Zoo ©
Werribee Open Range Zoo
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.
On the 28th (Sat), get curious at Questacon, take an in-depth tour of Australian War Memorial, then ponder the world of politics at Parliament of Australia, and finally have some family-friendly fun at Breakr. Keep things going the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve, steep yourself in history at Mugga-Mugga Cottage, then explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Australia, and finally don't miss a visit to Mount Ainslie Lookout.

To find maps, ratings, photos, and tourist information, use the Canberra online trip maker .

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Canberra takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in December, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to drive to Sydney.

Things to do in Canberra

Museums Childrens Museums Wildlife

Side Trip

Mugga-Mugga Cottage
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Australian War Memorial ©
Australian War Memorial
Questacon ©
Questacon
Parliament of Australia ©
Parliament of Australia

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.
Attractions like Bondi Beach and Powerhouse Museum make great kid-friendly stops. Step out of Sydney to go to Jenolan Caves and see Jenolan Caves, which is approximately 2 hours away. There's much more to do: observe the fascinating underwater world at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, take a stroll through Darling Harbour, take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, and examine the collection at Australian National Maritime Museum.

For more things to do, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Sydney tour planner .

Getting from Canberra to Sydney by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Canberra in December, plan for a bit warmer nights in Sydney, with lows around 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Jenolan Caves
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Sea Life Sydney Aquarium ©
Sea Life Sydney Aquarium
Manly Beach
Manly Beach

7
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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas and Four Mile Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cairns: Safaris (in Port Douglas), Daintree Discovery Centre (in Cow Bay) and Thornton Beach (in Thornton Beach). Spend the 5th (Sun) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Next up on the itinerary: explore and take pictures at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, kick back and relax at Palm Cove Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Trinity Beach, and hike along Esplanade Boardwalk.

To see maps, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, use the Cairns journey planner.

You can fly from Sydney to Cairns in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Sydney in January, expect Cairns to be somewhat warmer, temps between 37°C and 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Port Douglas, Palm Cove, Daintree Discovery Centre, Trinity Beach, Sugarworld Waterpark
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas ©
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas
Thornton Beach ©
Thornton Beach

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