20 days in Australia Itinerary

20 days in Australia Itinerary

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20 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Bristol
train + Fly:  26​h
1
Melbourne
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Sydney
— 5 nights
+3
Fly + Drive + ferry + Drive:  7​h 45​min
3
Fraser Island
— 1 night
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  7​h
4
Brisbane
— 3 nights
5
Cairns
— 3 nights
Fly:  25​h
End: Bristol

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Melbourne Zoo and Half Moon Bay. Visit Old Melbourne Gaol and Scots Church for their historical value. There's much more to do: learn about all things military at Shrine of Remembrance, enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck 88, take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, and admire the striking features of Government House.

For reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Melbourne vacation builder tool .

Bristol, UK to Melbourne is an approximately 26-hour combination of train and flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Bristol to Melbourne, you'll lose 10 hours due to the time zone difference. In December in Melbourne, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 14°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

St. Kilda Beach
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Melbourne Boat Hire ©
Melbourne Boat Hire
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo
St. Kilda Beach ©
St. Kilda Beach

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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Bondi Beach and Camp Cove. The Rocks and Olympia Milk Bar will appeal to history buffs. There's still lots to do: hike along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, take in the views from Sydney Harbour Bridge, see a show at Sydney Opera House, and kick back and relax at Coogee Beach.

To see photos, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read our Sydney trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Sydney takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Melbourne in December, Sydney is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Taronga Zoo
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The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©

1
night
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
Start off your visit on the 25th (Tue): contemplate the waterfront views at Eli Creek and then stroll through Seventy-Five Mile Beach. Keep things going the next day: explore the activities along Lake McKenzie.

To find photos, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Fraser Island travel itinerary planner .

Traveling by combination of flight, ferry, and car from Sydney to Fraser Island takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, car, and ferry. In December, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 23°C. On the 26th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Eli Creek ©
Eli Creek
Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie
Seventy-Five Mile Beach ©
Seventy-Five Mile Beach

3
nights
Brisbane

Brisbane ©
Queensland’s biggest town and state capital, Brisbane has an attractive, manicured image based around its riverside aesthetic as well as the contrast between its high-rise center and extensive urban greenery.
Step out of the city life by going to Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary and Moffat Beach. Visit Wolston Farmhouse and Newstead House for their historical value. And it doesn't end there: get your game on at South Bank Parklands, admire the natural beauty at City Botanic Gardens, stroll through Dicky Beach, and take in the views from Victoria Bridge Abutment.

To see traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Brisbane online trip itinerary maker .

You can do a combination of car, ferry, and flight from Fraser Island to Brisbane in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of car, ferry, and train. December in Brisbane sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 23°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Caloundra, Wolston Farmhouse
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Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Wolston Farmhouse ©
Wolston Farmhouse

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Scuba & Snorkeling and Hartley's Crocodile Adventures. Get out of town with these interesting Cairns side-trips: Safaris (in Port Douglas) and Palm Cove Beach (in Palm Cove).

To find reviews, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Cairns visit planner.

Traveling by flight from Brisbane to Cairns takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. When traveling from Brisbane in December, plan for somewhat warmer days in Cairns, with highs around 36°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

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

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