20 days in Australia Itinerary

20 days in Australia Itinerary

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20 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Adelaide
Fly:  7​h
1
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 2 nights
Fly + shuttle:  5​h 45​min
2
Port Douglas
— 1 night
3
Cairns
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + foot + ferry:  4​h 45​min
4
Airlie Beach
— 1 night
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  6​h 45​min
5
Lord Howe Island
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 30​min
6
Sydney
— 4 nights
7
Canberra
— 1 night
8
Melbourne
— 4 nights
End: Adelaide

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 1st (Tue), make a trip to Field of Light. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed): trek along Kuniya Walk, contemplate the waterfront views at Mutitjulu Waterhole, then explore the striking landscape at Uluru, and finally stroll through Uluru Hiking Path.

To find maps, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip itinerary planner.

Adelaide to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Adelaide in January, with highs in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park at 43°C and lows at 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can 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

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Fri): get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports. On the 5th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for gifts at With Sugar, identify plant and animal life at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Palm Cove Beach.

For photos, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Port Douglas vacation planner .

You can do a combination of flight and shuttle from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Port Douglas in 6 hours. Another option is to drive. When traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in January, plan for little chillier days in Port Douglas, with highs around 37°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Palm Cove
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove 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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Underart Gallery and Michael Seebeck Gallery. Visiting Scuba & Snorkeling and Nature & Wildlife Tours will get you outdoors. There's more to do: trek along Esplanade Boardwalk and enjoy the sand and surf at Trinity Beach.

For maps, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Cairns road trip planning site .

Traveling by car from Port Douglas to Cairns takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. In January in Cairns, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Trinity Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach

1
night
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 9th (Wed): identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read Airlie Beach attractions planning website .

You can do a combination of flight and ferry from Cairns to Airlie Beach in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In January in Airlie Beach, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 28°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to travel to Lord Howe Island.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Tours Outdoors Adventure
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Scuba & Snorkeling

1
night
Lord Howe Island

Lord Howe Island ©
Bursting out of the Tasman Sea, Lord Howe Island offers stunning scenery and many sandy beaches.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Thu): examine the collection at Lord Howe Island Museum, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Lagoon Beach, and then stroll through Ned's Beach. On the next day, take in the awesome beauty at Mt Gower, then take in the dramatic natural features at Ball's Pyramid, and then hike along Lord Howe Island Walking Trails.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Lord Howe Island road trip planner .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Airlie Beach to Lord Howe Island in 7 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Lord Howe Island

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Ned's Beach ©
Ned's Beach
Lord Howe Island Walking Trails ©
Lord Howe Island Walking Trails
Mt Gower ©
Mt Gower

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.
Australian National Maritime Museum and The Rocks are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Do your shopping at Sydney Fish Market and Gannon House Gallery. Next up on the itinerary: admire the striking features of Sydney Opera House, kick back and relax at Coogee Beach, explore the world behind art at Art Gallery of New South Wales, and stroll through Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk.

To see maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Sydney day trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Lord Howe Island to Sydney takes 3.5 hours. January in Sydney sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 23°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Canberra.

Things to do in Sydney

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

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 16th (Wed), see the interesting displays at National Bonsai & Penjing Collection, admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Australia, then explore the galleries of Scott Leggo Gallery, and finally take an in-depth tour of Australian War Memorial.

For ratings, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read our Canberra trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Sydney to Canberra takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Sydney in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Canberra, with lows of 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can 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
National Bonsai & Penjing Collection ©

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.
For shopping fun, head to Melbourne Central or The City Gallery. Get some historical perspective at Shrine of Remembrance and Old Melbourne Gaol. The adventure continues: examine the collection at Melbourne Museum, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Melbourne Zoo, take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck 88, and admire the masterpieces at Craft Victoria.

For other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, use the Melbourne trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Canberra to Melbourne takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Canberra in January: highs in Melbourne hover around 32°C, while lows dip to 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums Outdoors Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jan 16 — 20:
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Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum
Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance
National Gallery of Victoria ©
National Gallery of Victoria

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