20 days in Australia Itinerary

20 days in Australia Itinerary

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20 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Brisbane
Fly:  3​h 30​min
1
Lord Howe Island
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Sydney
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Katoomba
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
4
Canberra
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 30​min
5
Melbourne
— 5 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
6
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
7
Cairns
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 15​min
End: Brisbane

1
night
Lord Howe Island

Lord Howe Island ©
Bursting out of the Tasman Sea, Lord Howe Island offers stunning scenery and many sandy beaches.
On the 1st (Fri), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt Gower. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Lord Howe Island Museum, enjoy the sand and surf at Ned's Beach, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Lagoon Beach.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read Lord Howe Island tour itinerary builder .

Brisbane to Lord Howe Island is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Lord Howe Island

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Ned's Beach ©
Ned's Beach
Lagoon Beach ©
Lagoon Beach
Mt Gower ©
Mt Gower

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.
Relax by the water at Bondi Beach and Clovelly Beach. Head to Sydney Fish Market and Brett Whiteley Studiofor some retail therapy. Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Sydney Opera House, admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, observe the fascinating underwater world at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, and explore the world behind art at Art Gallery of New South Wales.

To see ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Sydney tour itinerary app .

Traveling by flight from Lord Howe Island to Sydney takes 3.5 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Katoomba.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Museums Outdoors
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Darling Harbour ©
Darling Harbour
The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach

2
nights
Katoomba

Katoomba ©
Located off of the Great Western Highway, Katoomba is the main hub of the City of Blue Mountains.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Fri): take in the exciting artwork at Lost Bear Gallery, browse the exhibits of Katoomba Antique Centre, explore the galleries of Falls Gallery, then take in the exciting artwork at Blue Mountains Cultural Centre, and finally explore the galleries of Gallery One88. Here are some ideas for day two: look for gifts at Rick Rutherford's Country, explore the world behind art at Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum, examine the collection at Valley Heights Locomotive Depot Heritage Museum, then see the interesting displays at Kurrajong Radio Museum, and finally sample the tasty concoctions at Bilpin Cider Company.

To see where to stay, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read Katoomba online trip planner .

You can drive from Sydney to Katoomba in 2 hours. Another option is to take a train. Traveling from Sydney in May, Katoomba is a bit cooler at night with lows of 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Canberra.

Things to do in Katoomba

Museums Shopping Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Bilpin Cider Company, Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum, Rick Rutherford's Country, Valley Heights Locomotive Depot Heritage Museum, Falls Gallery
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Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum ©
Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum
Falls Gallery ©
Falls Gallery

1
night
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 10th (Sun), explore the world behind art at Drill Hall Gallery, take an in-depth tour of Australian War Memorial, then take in the exciting artwork at Scott Leggo Gallery, then admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Australia, and finally view the masterpieces at Strathnairn Gallery.

To see where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Canberra trip itinerary builder .

You can drive from Katoomba to Canberra in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Katoomba in May, things will get little chillier in Canberra: highs are around 19°C and lows about 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Canberra

Museums Shopping
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Australian War Memorial ©
Australian War Memorial
National Gallery of Australia ©
National Gallery of Australia
Scott Leggo Gallery ©
Scott Leggo Gallery

5
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Appreciate the collections at Melbourne Museum and Buxton Contemporary. Shop till you drop at Melbourne Central and Original & Authentic Aboriginal Art. Take a break from Melbourne with a short trip to Sovereign Hill in Ballarat, about 1h 55 min away. There's much more to do: learn about all things military at Shrine of Remembrance, examine the collection at National Sports Museum, walk around Royal Botanic Gardens, and admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Victoria.

To see reviews, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read our Melbourne trip itinerary planning website .

You can fly from Canberra to Melbourne in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Canberra in May, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 9°C in Melbourne. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums Shopping Parks

Side Trip

Sovereign Hill
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Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum
Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance
National Gallery of Victoria ©
National Gallery of Victoria

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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Walkatjara Art and Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Uluru and Lungkata Walk. And it doesn't end there: appreciate the views at Valley of the Winds, identify plant and animal life at Kuniya Walk, hike along Uluru Hiking Path, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Kata Tjuta.

For photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip planner .

You can fly from Melbourne to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 5 hours. Another option is to drive. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Melbourne in May: highs in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park hover around 28°C, while lows dip to 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

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

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Tue): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Wed): kick back and relax at Trinity Beach, view the masterpieces at Village Gallery, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Palm Cove Beach.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, use the Cairns trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Cairns takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in May: high temperatures in Cairns hover around 32°C and lows are around 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Trinity Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach

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