20 days in Australia Itinerary

20 days in Australia Itinerary

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20 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Sydney
1
Sydney
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Katoomba
— 3 nights
train + Fly:  7​h 30​min
3
Cairns
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + foot + ferry:  4​h 45​min
4
Airlie Beach
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  16​h 30​min
5
Fraser Island
— 2 nights
+3
Drive + ferry + Drive + Fly:  10​h 15​min
6
Melbourne
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + foot + bus:  12​h 15​min
7
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)
— 2 nights
+2
bus + foot + Fly:  12​h 30​min
End: Sydney

1
day
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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sun): see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour and then kick back and relax at Bondi Beach.

For reviews, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Sydney online tour planner .

If you are flying in from United Kingdom, the closest major airport is Sydney Kingsford Smith International Airport. In November in Sydney, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 19°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) early enough to go by car to Katoomba.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
Find places to stay Nov 1 — 2:
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Dolphin & Whale Watching

3
nights
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 2nd (Mon): take a peaceful walk through Coachwood Glen Nature Trail, take in the awesome beauty at Blue Mountains, then admire the sheer force of Bridal Veil Falls, then take in the dramatic scenery at Katoomba Cascades, and finally admire the sheer force of Wentworth Falls. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tee off at Blackheath Golf Club, then skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, and then look for gifts at OMNIA a little bit of everywhere.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Katoomba trip maker tool .

Traveling by car from Sydney to Katoomba takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In November, daily temperatures in Katoomba can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Wed) to allow time for the car ride back home.

Things to do in Katoomba

Outdoors Nature Parks

Side Trips

Blue Mountains National Park, Blackheath Golf Club, Coachwood Glen Nature Trail
Find places to stay Nov 1 — 4:
Highlights from your plan
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
Wentworth Falls ©
Wentworth Falls
Coachwood Glen Nature Trail ©
Coachwood Glen Nature Trail

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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Thu): surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: identify plant and animal life at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures and then kick back and relax at Palm Cove Beach.

To see more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Cairns route maker tool .

Do a combination of train and flight from Katoomba to Cairns in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Katoomba in November, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Cairns, with lows of 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

Palm Cove
Find places to stay Nov 4 — 7:
Highlights from your plan
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk

3
nights
Airlie Beach

Very much a town with an emphasis on the tropical lifestyle, Airlie Beach offers exotic surroundings with palm trees and charming, sandy beaches.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sun): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Mon): get some thrills out on the water with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, then look for gifts at Grotty Yachty Clothing, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Airlie Beach Lagoon.

For where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Airlie Beach day trip site .

Do a combination of flight and ferry from Cairns to Airlie Beach in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In November, daily temperatures in Airlie Beach can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 27°C. On the 10th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
Find places to stay Nov 7 — 10:
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Waterskiing & Jetskiing
Scuba & Snorkeling
Airlie Beach Lagoon ©
Airlie Beach Lagoon

2
nights
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Wed): enjoy the sand and surf at Seventy-Five Mile Beach and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Fraser Island Great Walk. On the next day, explore the activities along Lake McKenzie and then delve into the lush surroundings at Central Station Rainforest.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Fraser Island online journey maker .

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Airlie Beach to Fraser Island in 16.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus, ferry, and car. Traveling from Airlie Beach in November, plan for a bit cooler nights in Fraser Island, with lows around 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks Outdoors Nature
Find places to stay Nov 11 — 13:
Highlights from your plan
Seventy-Five Mile Beach ©
Seventy-Five Mile Beach
Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie
Central Station Rainforest ©
Central Station Rainforest

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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sat): indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, then take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck 88, then tour the pleasant surroundings at St. Kilda Beach, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the natural beauty at Melbourne Zoo, don't miss a visit to Flinders Street Station, and then take a stroll through Melbourne Central.

For photos, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Melbourne trip itinerary planning tool .

You can do a combination of car, ferry, and flight from Fraser Island to Melbourne in 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of car, ferry, and train. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Fraser Island in November: high temperatures in Melbourne hover around 26°C and lows are around 11°C. On the 16th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Outdoors Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

St. Kilda Beach
Find places to stay Nov 13 — 16:
Highlights from your plan
St. Kilda Beach ©
St. Kilda Beach
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo

2
nights
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) ©
Jabiru is a town in the Northern Territory of Australia. You've now added Yellow Water Cruises to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 17th (Tue): get a dose of the wild on Yellow Water Cruises, then identify plant and animal life at Cahills Crossing, and then explore the ancient world of Ubirr. On the next day, identify plant and animal life at Maguk Gorge, then make a trip to Bardedjilidji Walk, then identify plant and animal life at Anbangbang Billabong, and finally steep yourself in history at Nourlangie Rock.

For where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) trip builder app .

Getting from Melbourne to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) by combination of flight and bus takes about 12.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and car; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Thu) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Wildlife Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Kakadu National Park
Find places to stay Nov 16 — 19:
Highlights from your plan
Yellow Water Cruises ©
Yellow Water Cruises
Maguk Gorge ©
Maguk Gorge
Cahills Crossing ©
Cahills Crossing

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