20 days in Australia Itinerary

20 days in Australia Itinerary

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20 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  23​h 15​min
1
Cairns
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
2
Alice Springs
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
3
Melbourne
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:  5​h
4
Byron Bay
— 3 nights
bus + Fly:  4​h 30​min
5
Sydney
— 5 nights
Fly:  24​h
End: London


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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.
Take a break from the city and head to Trinity Beach and Scuba & Snorkeling. Step off the beaten path and head to Palm Cove Beach and Nature & Wildlife Tours. The adventure continues: take in the exciting artwork at Bones and Jones.

To see maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Cairns attractions planner.

London, UK to Cairns is an approximately 23.5-hour flight. Traveling from London to Cairns, you'll lose 10 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect much hotter temperatures when traveling from London in October; daily highs in Cairns reach 34°C and lows reach 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to travel to Alice Springs.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

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

3
nights
Alice Springs

Alice Springs ©
Situated right in the heart of Australia, Alice Springs serves as an urban oasis deep within the country’s parched, desert-like Red Center.
Explore hidden gems such as Alice Springs Desert Park and Alice Springs Telegraph Station Historical Reserve. Family-friendly places like Alice Springs Reptile Centre and The Kangaroo Sanctuary will thrill your kids. Next up on the itinerary: view the masterpieces at Iranti Art Gallery, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Gillen, get a taste of the local shopping with Talapi, and stop by Tjanpi Desert Weavers.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Alice Springs using our trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Cairns to Alice Springs takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Cairns in October, Alice Springs is slightly colder at night with lows of 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Alice Springs

Parks Wildlife Museums
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The Kangaroo Sanctuary ©
The Kangaroo Sanctuary
Alice Springs Desert Park ©
Alice Springs Desert Park

2
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Explore hidden gems such as Federation Square and St Paul's Cathedral. Attractions like Melbourne Museum and National Sports Museum make great kid-friendly stops. And it doesn't end there: take in nature's colorful creations at Melbourne Zoo, enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck 88, learn about all things military at Shrine of Remembrance, and explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Victoria.

To find maps, photos, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Melbourne trip itinerary app .

Getting from Alice Springs to Melbourne by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Alice Springs, expect colder days and slightly colder nights in Melbourne, ranging from highs of 24°C to lows of 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) to allow time to travel to Byron Bay.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums Zoos & Aquariums Parks
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Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum
St Paul's Cathedral ©
St Paul's Cathedral
Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance

3
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Wategos Beach and Pat Morton Lookout. Visit Lennox Head Beach and Greenmount Beach for some beach relaxation. Change things up with these side-trips from Byron Bay: Fingal Head Lighthouse (in Fingal Head), David Fleay Wildlife Park (in West Burleigh) and Ballina Naval & Maritime Museum (in Ballina).

For ratings, photos, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Byron Bay trip itinerary planning app .

Getting from Melbourne to Byron Bay by combination of flight and bus takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Melbourne in October: high temperatures in Byron Bay hover around 31°C and lows are around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Byron Bay

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Lennox Head, Gold Coast, Ballina Naval & Maritime Museum, Fingal Head Lighthouse
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Lennox Head Beach ©
Lennox Head Beach
Greenmount Beach ©
Greenmount Beach
David Fleay Wildlife Park ©
David Fleay Wildlife Park

5
nights
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Art Gallery of New South Wales and Dolphin & Whale Watching. We've included these beaches for you: Bondi Beach and Shelly Beach. There's still lots to do: hike along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, examine the collection at Hyde Park Barracks Museum, take a stroll through The Rocks, and kick back and relax at Manly Beach.

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Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Byron Bay to Sydney takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in October, and nighttime lows around 17°C. You will have some time to spend on the 29th (Mon) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Shelly Beach
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk

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