20 days in Australia Itinerary

20 days in Australia Itinerary

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20 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  3​h 30​min
1
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Melbourne
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
3
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
4
Cairns
— 2 nights
bus:  3​h 30​min
5
Cape Tribulation
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  1​h 45​min
6
Port Douglas
— 4 nights
shuttle + Fly:  6​h 30​min
End: Melbourne

3
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at The Rocks and Australian National Maritime Museum. Relax by the water at Bondi Beach and Manly Beach. The adventure continues: wander the streets of Darling Harbour, admire the striking features of Sydney Tower Eye Observation Deck, don't miss a visit to Sydney Harbour Bridge, and explore the world behind art at Art Gallery of New South Wales.

To see reviews, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read our Sydney holiday planning tool .

The Route module shows you travel options from your home to Sydney. In August, daytime highs in Sydney are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Manly Beach
Manly Beach
The Rocks ©
The Rocks

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.
Kids will enjoy Melbourne Museum and Royal Botanic Gardens. Get a sense of the local culture at National Gallery of Victoria and National Sports Museum. And it doesn't end there: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Melbourne Zoo, learn about all things military at Shrine of Remembrance, make a trip to Royal Exhibition Building, and take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck 88.

To find where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Melbourne trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Melbourne takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Sydney in August, with highs in Melbourne at 16°C and lows at 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums Parks Historic Sites
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Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens

3
nights
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park ©
For quintessential Outback scenery and culture, you can't beat a holiday in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, a World Heritage Site.
Get a sense of the local culture at Uluru and Lungkata Walk. There's lots more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Kata Tjuta, take in the pleasant sights at Field of Light, get engrossed in the history at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, and take some stellar pictures from Uluru.

For other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip builder site .

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. When traveling from Melbourne in August, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park: temperatures range from 27°C by day to 6°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta ©
Kata Tjuta
Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre ©
Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre

2
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.
We've included these beaches for you: Palm Cove Beach and Trinity Beach. Kids will appreciate attractions like Scuba & Snorkeling and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Next up on the itinerary: let the kids burn off some steam at Muddy's Playground.

To see photos, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Cairns holiday planner .

You can fly from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Cairns in 5 hours. Another option is to drive. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in August: highs in Cairns hover around 31°C, while lows dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) to allow time to take a bus to Cape Tribulation.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Trinity Beach, Palm Cove Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach

2
nights
Cape Tribulation

Cape Tribulation ©
A lush headland that's part of the forested Daintree Region, Cape Tribulation was so named by Lieutenant--later Captain--Cook in 1770, when his ship ran aground in the area.
On the 22nd (Thu), identify plant and animal life at Daintree Rainforest - Cooper Creek Wilderness, then get great views at Walu Wugirriga Lookout, and then kick back and relax at Thornton Beach. On your second day here, engage your brain at Daintree Discovery Centre, kick back and relax at Cape Tribulation Beach, and then kick back and relax at Myall Beach.

To find more things to do, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Cape Tribulation trip maker .

Getting from Cairns to Cape Tribulation by bus takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive. August in Cape Tribulation sees daily highs of 31°C and lows of 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) so you can travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Cow Bay
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Thornton Beach ©
Thornton Beach
Daintree Discovery Centre ©
Daintree Discovery Centre

4
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Des Spencer Galleries and Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery. Kids will enjoy Safaris and Hartley's Crocodile Adventures. Spend the 24th (Sat) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Four Mile Beach, look for gifts at With Sugar, get to know the resident critters at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, and look for all kinds of wild species at Mossman Gorge.

For maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Port Douglas attractions planner .

Do a combination of car and ferry from Cape Tribulation to Port Douglas in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. August in Port Douglas sees daily highs of 31°C and lows of 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery, Mossman Gorge
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

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