20 days in Australia Itinerary

20 days in Australia Itinerary

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20 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Sydney
1
Sydney
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Melbourne
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
3
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
4
Cairns
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + foot + bus:  9​h
5
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)
— 2 nights
+3
bus + foot + Fly + shuttle:  11​h 15​min
6
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
shuttle + Fly:  7​h 30​min
7
Lord Howe Island
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 30​min
End: Sydney

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.
Visit The Rocks and Justice & Police Museum for their historical value. We've included these beaches for you: Bondi Beach and Manly Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Sydney: Shelly Beach (in Manly) and Bilgola Beach (in Bilgola). There's lots more to do: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, enjoy the sand and surf at Newport Beach, take in nature's colorful creations at The Royal Botanic Garden, and stroll through Coogee Beach.

For maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Sydney online holiday planner .

The Route module shows you travel options from your home to Sydney. In November, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Shelly Beach, Bilgola Beach
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The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Manly Beach
Manly Beach

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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Old Melbourne Gaol and St Michael's Church. There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at St. Kilda Beach, see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum, admire the landmark architecture of Shrine of Remembrance, and take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens.

To see more things to do, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read Melbourne day trip website .

You can fly from Sydney to Melbourne in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Sydney in November, plan for a bit cooler nights in Melbourne, with lows around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

St. Kilda Beach
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St. Kilda Beach ©
St. Kilda Beach
Old Melbourne Gaol ©
Old Melbourne Gaol
Melbourne Central ©
Melbourne Central

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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Fri): explore the striking landscape at Kata Tjuta, then admire the verdant scenery at Valley of the Winds, and then trek along Kuniya Walk. Here are some ideas for day two: take an in-depth tour of Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, take in the exciting artwork at Walkatjara Art, then explore the striking landscape at Uluru, and finally explore the activities along Mutitjulu Waterhole.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park online holiday planner .

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. While traveling from Melbourne, expect much hotter days and somewhat warmer nights in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, ranging from highs of 41°C to lows of 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Museums
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Kuniya Walk ©
Kuniya Walk
Mutitjulu Waterhole ©
Mutitjulu Waterhole
Valley of the Winds ©
Valley of the Winds

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sun): take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: have some family-friendly fun at Cairns Kart Hire Track, then enjoy the sand and surf at Palm Cove Beach, then kick back and relax at Trinity Beach, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Monica's Cathedral.

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Getting from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Cairns by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive. When traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in November, plan for a bit cooler days in Cairns, with highs around 36°C, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park).

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Cairns Kart Hire Track, Palm Cove Beach, Trinity Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach

2
nights
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) ©
Jabiru is a town in the Northern Territory of Australia. Your inner history buff will appreciate Ubirr and Nourlangie Rock. And it doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at Cahills Crossing, make a trip to Mirrai Lookout, and take in the dramatic natural features at Maguk Gorge.

For ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) vacation planner.

Getting from Cairns to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) by combination of flight and bus takes about 9 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and car; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Wildlife Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Kakadu National Park
Find places to stay Nov 12 — 15:
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Mamukala Billabong ©
Mamukala Billabong
Ubirr ©
Ubirr
Nourlangie Rock ©
Nourlangie Rock

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 16th (Fri) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 17th (Sat) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Four Mile Beach, learn about winemaking at Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery, and identify plant and animal life at Agincourt Reef.

For reviews, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Port Douglas trip planner.

You can do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle from Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) to Port Douglas in 11.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car, flight, and shuttle; or drive. In November, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Lord Howe Island.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Four Mile Beach ©
Four Mile Beach

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 19th (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at Lord Howe Island Walking Trails, kick back and relax at Lagoon Beach, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt Gower. Here are some ideas for day two: tee off at Lord Howe Island Golf Club, learn more about the world around you at Lord Howe Island Museum, and then stroll through Ned's Beach.

For reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Lord Howe Island vacation builder tool .

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Port Douglas to Lord Howe Island takes 7.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Lord Howe Island

Outdoors Parks 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

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