20 days in Australia Itinerary

20 days in Australia Itinerary

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20 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: New York City
bus + Fly:  26​h
1
Sydney
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Melbourne
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
3
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 2 nights
Fly + shuttle:  6​h
4
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
+4
shuttle + Fly + bus + foot + bus:  11​h 15​min
5
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)
— 2 nights
+3
bus + foot + bus + Fly:  9​h
6
Cairns
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:  23​h 15​min
End: New York City

2
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.
Get in touch with nature at Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk and Coogee Beach. There's still lots to do: take a stroll through The Rocks, enjoy the sand and surf at Manly Beach, trek along The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk, and don't miss a visit to Sydney Harbour Bridge.

For more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Sydney road trip website .

New York City, USA to Sydney is an approximately 26-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of bus, flight, and train. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) (AEST), which is usually a 15 hour difference. Traveling from New York City in January, expect Sydney to be warmer, temps between 82°F and 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach

4
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Popular historic sites such as Old Melbourne Gaol and Trinity College Chapel are in your itinerary. Get outdoors at Melbourne Zoo and Melbourne Boat Hire. Change things up with a short trip to Werribee Open Range Zoo in Werribee (about 42 minutes away). There's much more to do: brush up on your military savvy at Shrine of Remembrance, have some family-friendly fun at Zero Latency, admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Victoria, and soar above the sights with a balloon tour.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read our Melbourne travel route builder app .

You can fly from Sydney to Melbourne in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Sydney in January, expect slightly colder with lows of 58°F in Melbourne. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) so you can travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Melbourne

Outdoors Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Werribee Open Range Zoo
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Melbourne Boat Hire ©
Melbourne Boat Hire
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo
Old Melbourne Gaol ©
Old Melbourne Gaol

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Mon): get advice or help at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, view the masterpieces at Walkatjara Art, then hike along Kuniya Walk, and finally explore the striking landscape at Uluru. On the 22nd (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get outside with Walpa Gorge, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Kata Tjuta, and then hike along Uluru Hiking Path.

For photos, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park online trip itinerary builder .

You can fly from Melbourne to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 5 hours. Another option is to drive. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Melbourne in January, with highs in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park at 99°F and lows at 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) early enough to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta ©
Kata Tjuta
Kuniya Walk ©
Kuniya Walk

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Scuba & Snorkeling and Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas. Take a break from Port Douglas with a short trip to Daintree Rainforest - Cooper Creek Wilderness in Cape Tribulation, about 1h 30 min away. Spend the 25th (Fri) spotting exotic species with a safari tour.

For ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Port Douglas trip itinerary website .

You can do a combination of flight and shuttle from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Port Douglas in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in January: highs in Port Douglas hover around 89°F, while lows dip to 75°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can travel to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park).

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Daintree Rainforest - Cooper Creek Wilderness
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas ©
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas

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nights
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) ©
Jabiru is a town in the Northern Territory of Australia. Visit Nourlangie Rock and Ubirr for their historical value. Step out of the city life by going to Yellow Water and Cahills Crossing. Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Anbangbang Billabong, make a trip to Mirrai Lookout, and take in the dramatic natural features at Nanguluwur Art Site.

To find reviews and tourist information, go to the Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) visit planning app .

Traveling by combination of shuttle, flight, and bus from Port Douglas to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) takes 11.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and car; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trip

Kakadu National Park
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Yellow Water ©
Yellow Water
Ubirr ©
Ubirr
Nourlangie Rock ©
Nourlangie Rock

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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.
Get in touch with nature at Scuba & Snorkeling and Hartley's Crocodile Adventures. Step out of Cairns to go to Palm Cove and see Palm Cove Beach, which is approximately 32 minutes away. There's more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Esplanade Boardwalk and pause for some serene contemplation at St Monica's Cathedral.

To find where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Cairns trip itinerary maker .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) to Cairns in 9 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and flight; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 89°F in January, and nighttime lows around 75°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

Palm Cove
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk

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