20 days in Australia Itinerary

20 days in Australia Itinerary

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20 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Miami
Fly:  27​h
1
Cairns
— 4 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
2
Whitsunday Island
— 1 night
Travel:  3​h
3
Hamilton Island
— 4 nights
+3
Fly + foot + train + bus:  6​h
4
Byron Bay
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  4​h 30​min
5
Sydney
— 5 nights
Fly:  24​h
End: Miami

4
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.
Bring the kids along to Trinity Beach and Palm Cove Beach. Museum-lovers will get to explore Historic Village Herberton and Tolga Woodworks Gallery & Cafe. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cairns: Paronella Park (in Mena Creek), Millaa Millaa Lookout (in Millaa Millaa) and Spy & Camera Museum (in Herberton). Spend the 20th (Sat) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's lots more to do: get to know the resident critters at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, let little ones run wild at Muddy's Playground, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Monica's Cathedral, and admire the natural beauty at Botanical Gardens.

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Miami, USA to Cairns is an approximately 27-hour flight. Traveling from Miami to Cairns, you'll lose 15 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Miami in July, expect Cairns to be little chillier, temps between 79°F and 64°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to travel to Whitsunday Island.

Things to do in Cairns

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Herberton, Tolga Woodworks Gallery & Cafe, Millaa Millaa Lookout, Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, Palm Cove Beach
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Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
Historic Village Herberton ©
Historic Village Herberton
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach

1
night
Whitsunday Island

Whitsunday Island ©
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Wed): explore the activities along Hill Inlet and then kick back and relax at Whitehaven Beach.

For more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Whitsunday Island road trip planning website .

You can fly from Cairns to Whitsunday Island in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Cairns in July, Whitsunday Island is slightly colder at night with lows of 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Hamilton Island.

Things to do in Whitsunday Island

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Whitehaven Beach ©
Whitehaven Beach
Hill Inlet ©
Hill Inlet

4
nights
Hamilton Island

Hamilton Island ©
A trip to Hamilton Island takes you to a car-free destination mostly covered in bushland.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Scuba & Snorkeling and Catseye Beach. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Hamilton Island Marina and Passage Peak. Next up on the itinerary: view the masterpieces at Hamilton Island Art Gallery, admire all the interesting features of Go-Kart Racing Track, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and get outside with Jetryder.

To find photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Hamilton Island travel route builder tool .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Whitsunday Island to Hamilton Island. Traveling from Whitsunday Island in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Hamilton Island, with lows of 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Byron Bay.

Things to do in Hamilton Island

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Catseye Beach ©
Catseye Beach
Hamilton Island Golf Club ©
Hamilton Island Golf Club
Hamilton Island Art Gallery ©
Hamilton Island Art Gallery

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.
Relax by the water at Lennox Head Beach and Belongil Beach. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Cape Byron Walking Track and Dolphin & Whale Watching. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Byron Bay: Ballina Naval & Maritime Museum (in Ballina) and Murwillumbah (Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre & The Grainery). There's still lots to do: take in the exciting artwork at Thomgallery, add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, look for gifts at Truly Tea, and soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Byron Bay holiday app .

Do a combination of flight and bus from Hamilton Island to Byron Bay in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, bus, and train; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Expect colder evenings in Byron Bay when traveling from Hamilton Island in July, with lows around 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Wed) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Byron Bay

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Murwillumbah, Ballina Naval & Maritime Museum, Lennox Head Beach
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Belongil Beach ©
Belongil Beach
Ballina Naval & Maritime Museum
Ballina Naval & Maritime Museum

5
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.
Let the collections at Australian National Maritime Museum and Art Gallery of New South Wales capture your imagination. Attractions like Bondi Beach and Powerhouse Museum make great kid-friendly stops. The adventure continues: see a show at Sydney Opera House, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, admire the masterpieces at Brett Whiteley Studio, and examine the collection at Hyde Park Barracks Museum.

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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. In July, daytime highs in Sydney are 65°F, while nighttime lows are 47°F. On the 5th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Museums Parks Outdoors
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
The Rocks ©
The Rocks

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