20 days in Australia Itinerary

20 days in Australia Itinerary

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20 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  25​h
1
Melbourne
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Sydney
— 4 nights
Fly + bus:  4​h 30​min
3
Byron Bay
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h
4
Gold Coast
— 2 nights
+2
train + foot + Fly:  5​h
5
Hamilton Island
— 3 nights
Fly:  28​h
End: London

4
nights
Melbourne

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
We've included these beaches for you: St. Kilda Beach and Half Moon Bay. Dedicate the 18th (Tue) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. The adventure continues: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Victoria, tour the pleasant surroundings at Melbourne Zoo, and enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck 88.

For photos, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Melbourne trip itinerary planner.

London, UK to Melbourne is an approximately 25-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. You'll lose 10 hours traveling from London to Melbourne due to the time zone difference. When traveling from London in December, plan for much hotter days and somewhat warmer nights in Melbourne: temperatures range from 30°C by day to 14°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Tours Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

St. Kilda Beach
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Balloon Rides
St. Kilda Beach ©
St. Kilda Beach
Half Moon Bay ©
Half Moon Bay

4
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.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Bondi Beach and Coogee Beach. And it doesn't end there: wander the streets of The Rocks, enjoy the sand and surf at Clovelly, admire the natural beauty at The Royal Botanic Garden, and see a show at Sydney Opera House.

For more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Sydney day trip planner .

You can fly from Melbourne to Sydney in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Traveling from Melbourne in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Sydney, with lows of 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to travel to Byron Bay.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Manly Beach
Manly Beach
Darling Harbour ©
Darling Harbour

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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Tue): stroll through Lighthouse Beach, kick back and relax at Lennox Head Beach, and then kick back and relax at Broken Head Beach. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Wategos Beach, then trek along Cape Byron Walking Track, then visit a coastal fixture at Cape Byron Lighthouse, and finally soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

For where to stay, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Byron Bay trip itinerary website .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Sydney to Byron Bay in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In December, daily temperatures in Byron Bay can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Thu) to allow time for the bus ride to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Byron Bay

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Lighthouse Beach, Lennox Head Beach, Broken Head Beach
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Broken Head Beach ©
Broken Head Beach
Lennox Head Beach ©
Lennox Head Beach
Lighthouse Beach ©
Lighthouse Beach

2
nights
Gold Coast

Gold Coast ©
A city of towering skyscrapers, sandy beaches, and tree-lined streets, Gold Coast has an unpretentious air complemented by a citywide focus on sports and the arts.
You'll get in some beach time at Surfer's Paradise Beach and Burleigh Heads Beach. There's more to do: find something for the whole family at Sea World Theme Park and take in panoramic vistas at SkyPoint Observation Deck.

To find more things to do, photos, maps, and other tourist information, use the Gold Coast trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by bus from Byron Bay to Gold Coast takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. December in Gold Coast sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Hamilton Island.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Theme Parks Zoos & Aquariums
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Surfers Paradise Beach ©
Surfers Paradise Beach
Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Sea World Theme Park ©
Sea World Theme Park

3
nights
Hamilton Island

Hamilton Island ©
A trip to Hamilton Island takes you to a car-free destination mostly covered in bushland.
Hamilton Island is known for adventure, beaches, zoos & aquariums, golf, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, head outdoors with Jetryder, go for a stroll along the water at Hamilton Island Marina, and kick back and relax at Catseye Beach.

To find out how to plan a trip to Hamilton Island, use our trip itinerary maker.

You can do a combination of train and flight from Gold Coast to Hamilton Island in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, bus, and ferry; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and ferry. Traveling from Gold Coast in December, Hamilton Island is a bit warmer at night with lows of 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Hamilton Island

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Whitsunday Islands National Park
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Catseye Beach ©
Catseye Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling
Hamilton Island Marina ©
Hamilton Island Marina

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