20 days in Australia Itinerary

20 days in Australia Itinerary

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20 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Dubai
Fly:  16​h
1
Adelaide
— 1 day
Fly:  3​h 15​min
2
Melbourne
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
3
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 2 nights
Fly + shuttle:  6​h
4
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
5
Cairns
— 3 nights
Fly + train:  5​h 45​min
6
Leura
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
7
Sydney
— 5 nights
Fly:  16​h 30​min
End: Dubai

1
day
Adelaide

Adelaide ©
Adelaide exists contentedly as a cultured, diverse, and attractive city with a laid-back center, leafy residential districts, and an underlying cosmopolitan atmosphere.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): identify plant and animal life at Cleland Wildlife Park, stop by Haigh's Chocolates Beehive Corner, then get a new perspective on nature at South Australian Museum, and finally don't miss a visit to Adelaide Oval.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read our Adelaide trip planner .

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Adelaide is an approximately 16-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train, taxi, and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Dubai to Adelaide, you'll lose 5 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for much colder weather when traveling from Dubai in July: high temperatures in Adelaide hover around 17°C and lows are around 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Adelaide

Parks Wildlife Museums

Side Trip

Cleland Wildlife Park
Find places to stay Jul 22 — 23:
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Cleland Wildlife Park ©
Cleland Wildlife Park
South Australian Museum ©
South Australian Museum
Adelaide Oval ©
Adelaide Oval

3
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Take a break from Melbourne with a short trip to Werribee Open Range Zoo in Werribee, about 42 minutes away. There's lots more to do: meet the residents at Melbourne Zoo, see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum, take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, and steep yourself in history at Old Melbourne Gaol.

To see maps, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Melbourne tour planning website .

Fly from Adelaide to Melbourne in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In July in Melbourne, expect temperatures between 15°C during the day and 6°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Museums Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Werribee Open Range Zoo
Find places to stay Jul 22 — 25:
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Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum
Werribee Open Range Zoo ©
Werribee Open Range Zoo

2
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.
On the 26th (Thu), view the masterpieces at Walkatjara Art, get engrossed in the history at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, then hike along Kuniya Walk, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Uluru. On the 27th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: head outdoors with Walpa Gorge, then take in the awesome beauty at Kata Tjuta, and then trek along Uluru Hiking Path.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read our Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip itinerary builder site .

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Melbourne in July: highs in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park hover around 24°C, while lows dip to 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature
Find places to stay Jul 25 — 27:
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Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga ©
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga
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.
Spend the 28th (Sat) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 29th (Sun) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. There's lots more to do: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, kick back and relax at Four Mile Beach, and head outdoors with Port Douglas Microlights.

For reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Port Douglas travel itinerary planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Port Douglas takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in July: highs in Port Douglas hover around 30°C, while lows dip to 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
Find places to stay Jul 27 — 30:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Four Mile Beach ©
Four Mile Beach

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Cairns side-trips: Palm Cove (Hartley's Crocodile Adventures & Palm Cove Beach). Spend the 31st (Tue) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Next up on the itinerary: take a memorable tour with Shaolin Junk Cruises, tour the pleasant surroundings at Esplanade Boardwalk, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Monica's Cathedral.

To find more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Cairns sightseeing planning website .

Getting from Port Douglas to Cairns by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. July in Cairns sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) to allow time to travel to Leura.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Shaolin Junk Cruises
Find places to stay Jul 30 — Aug 2:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk

1
night
Leura

Leura ©
Leura is a suburb in the City of Blue Mountains local government area that is located west of the Sydney central business district in New South Wales, Australia. On the 3rd (Fri), hike along Grand Canyon track, look for all kinds of wild species at Pulpit Rock Lookout, then don't miss a visit to Day FIne Art, and finally don't miss a visit to Gallery Blackheath. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Sat): admire the natural beauty at Everglades Historic House and Gardens, take a peaceful walk through Coachwood Glen Nature Trail, appreciate the extensive heritage of The National Pass, then take in the dramatic scenery at Wentworth Falls, and finally take some stellar pictures from Lincoln's Rock.

To see photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Leura driving holiday planner .

Getting from Cairns to Leura by combination of flight and train takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Traveling from Cairns in August, you will find days in Leura are little chillier (22°C), and nights are cooler (5°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can go by car to Sydney.

Things to do in Leura

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Blue Mountains National Park, Blackheath, Wentworth Falls, Coachwood Glen Nature Trail
Find places to stay Aug 2 — 4:
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Pulpit Rock Lookout ©
Pulpit Rock Lookout
Wentworth Falls ©
Wentworth Falls
The National Pass ©
The National Pass

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.
Spend the 6th (Mon) exploring nature at Sydney Harbour National Park. Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, meet the residents at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, take in nature's colorful creations at The Royal Botanic Garden, and examine the collection at Australian National Maritime Museum.

To find ratings, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Sydney sightseeing site .

Traveling by car from Leura to Sydney takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Sydney when traveling from Leura in August, with lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Sydney Harbour National Park
Find places to stay Aug 4 — 9:
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Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Manly Beach
Manly Beach

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