20 days in Australia Itinerary

20 days in Australia Itinerary

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20 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  25​h
1
Sydney
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Melbourne
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
3
Lord Howe Island
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + bus + ferry:  6​h 45​min
4
Airlie Beach
— 1 night
+3
ferry + foot + Fly + shuttle:  5​h 45​min
5
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
6
Cairns
— 3 nights
Fly:  23​h 15​min
End: London

4
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.
Kids will enjoy Bondi Beach and Sea Life Sydney Aquarium. Next up on the itinerary: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, tour the pleasant surroundings at The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk, catch some excitement at Virtual Room Sydney - Virtual Reality Sydney Adventure, and enjoy the sand and surf at Manly Beach.

To find maps, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Sydney online attractions planner .

London, UK to Sydney is an approximately 25-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from London to Sydney is 10 hours. Traveling from London in December, expect Sydney to be much warmer, temps between 32°C and 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Manly Beach
Manly Beach
Sea Life Sydney Aquarium ©
Sea Life Sydney Aquarium

2
nights
Melbourne

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Family-friendly places like Melbourne Zoo and Eureka Skydeck 88 will thrill your kids. Step out of Melbourne to go to Werribee and see Werribee Open Range Zoo, which is approximately 42 minutes away. The adventure continues: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, take in panoramic vistas at Melbourne Star Observation Wheel, and see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Melbourne trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Melbourne takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Expect slightly colder evenings in Melbourne when traveling from Sydney in December, with lows around 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) to allow time to travel to Lord Howe Island.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Tours

Side Trip

Werribee Open Range Zoo
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Balloon Rides
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo
Werribee Open Range Zoo ©
Werribee Open Range Zoo

2
nights
Lord Howe Island

Lord Howe Island ©
Bursting out of the Tasman Sea, Lord Howe Island offers stunning scenery and many sandy beaches.
On the 22nd (Sun), learn more about the world around you at Lord Howe Island Museum, then enjoy the sand and surf at Lagoon Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Ned's Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon): take in the awesome beauty at Mt Gower, then explore the striking landscape at Ball's Pyramid, and then trek along Lord Howe Island Walking Trails.

To see more things to do, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Lord Howe Island road trip planning tool .

Fly from Melbourne to Lord Howe Island in 5.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) to allow time to travel to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Lord Howe Island

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Ned's Beach ©
Ned's Beach
Lagoon Beach ©
Lagoon Beach
Lord Howe Island Walking Trails ©
Lord Howe Island Walking Trails

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Tue): take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the waterfront views at Heart Reef, then kick back and relax at Airlie Beach Lagoon, and then zoom along the surf with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Airlie Beach day trip website .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Lord Howe Island to Airlie Beach takes 7 hours. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in December, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Waterskiing & Jetskiing
Scuba & Snorkeling
Airlie Beach Lagoon ©
Airlie Beach Lagoon

2
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.
Bring the kids along to Scuba & Snorkeling and Hartley's Crocodile Adventures. Spend the 28th (Sat) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. There's more to do: meet the residents at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas and make a trip to St Mary’s by The Sea chapel.

To find maps, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Port Douglas travel route planner .

You can do a combination of ferry, flight, and shuttle from Airlie Beach to Port Douglas in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle; or drive. In December, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to drive to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

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.
Bring the kids along to Scuba & Snorkeling and Nature & Wildlife Tours. The adventure continues: stroll through Esplanade Boardwalk, have fun at Esplanade Lagoon Pool, and let little ones run wild at Muddy's Playground.

To find maps, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Cairns online journey builder .

You can drive from Port Douglas to Cairns in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a shuttle. December in Cairns sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk

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