20 days in Australia Itinerary

20 days in Australia Itinerary

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20 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Chennai
Fly:  16​h 15​min
1
Sydney
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Lord Howe Island
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
3
Canberra
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 45​min
4
Melbourne
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
5
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
6
Cairns
— 4 nights
Fly:  13​h 15​min
End: Chennai

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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Sydney Fish Market and Rozelle Collectors Market. We've included these beaches for you: Bondi Beach and Coogee Beach. Spend the 16th (Thu) exploring nature at Sydney Harbour National Park. There's much more to do: wander the streets of The Rocks, examine the collection at Australian National Maritime Museum, explore the world behind art at Brett Whiteley Studio, and catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House.

To find more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Sydney travel planning website .

Chennai, India to Sydney is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference moving from India Standard Time (IST) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) (AEST) is 4 hours. Traveling from Chennai in May, expect Sydney to be much colder, temps between 24°C and 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to travel to Lord Howe Island.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Shopping Outdoors

Side Trip

Sydney Harbour National Park
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk
The Rocks ©
The Rocks

2
nights
Lord Howe Island

Lord Howe Island ©
Bursting out of the Tasman Sea, Lord Howe Island offers stunning scenery and many sandy beaches.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Lagoon Beach, learn more about the world around you at Lord Howe Island Museum, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Ned's Beach. On the next day, stroll through Lord Howe Island Walking Trails and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt Gower.

To see more things to do, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, use the Lord Howe Island trip itinerary builder website .

Getting from Sydney to Lord Howe Island by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Canberra.

Things to do in Lord Howe Island

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

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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Tue): admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Australia, then explore the activities along Lake Burley Griffin, and then take an in-depth tour of Australian War Memorial.

To see where to stay, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Canberra online road trip planner .

You can fly from Lord Howe Island to Canberra in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus. In May in Canberra, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 2°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Canberra

Museums Nature Parks
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Australian War Memorial ©
Australian War Memorial
National Gallery of Australia ©
National Gallery of Australia
Lake Burley Griffin ©
Lake Burley Griffin

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.
Shrine of Remembrance and Old Melbourne Gaol will appeal to history buffs. Let the collections at Melbourne Museum and National Sports Museum capture your imagination. Next up on the itinerary: wander the streets of Melbourne Central, admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, meet the residents at Melbourne Zoo, and shop like a local with Collins St/Swanston St.

To find photos, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Melbourne journey planner .

Traveling by flight from Canberra to Melbourne takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Canberra in May since evenings lows in Melbourne dip to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums Shopping Parks
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Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum
Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance
National Gallery of Victoria ©
National Gallery of Victoria

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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sun): trek along Uluru Hiking Path, then take in the dramatic natural features at Uluru, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Kuniya Walk. On the 27th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get all the information you need at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, view the masterpieces at Walkatjara Art, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Kata Tjuta, and finally get outside with Walpa Gorge.

For ratings, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip itinerary planning site .

You can fly from Melbourne to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Melbourne in May: highs in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park hover around 28°C, while lows dip to 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga ©
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga
Kuniya Walk ©
Kuniya Walk

4
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.
You'll get in some beach time at Palm Cove Beach and Trinity Beach. Step out of the city life by going to Scuba & Snorkeling and Safaris. Change things up with a short trip to Hartley's Crocodile Adventures in Palm Cove (about 44 minutes away). There's still lots to do: stop by Luminous Lights.

To see where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Cairns travel route website .

Getting from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Cairns by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in May; daily highs in Cairns reach 32°C and lows reach 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Trinity Beach, Safaris
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

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