20 days in Argentina & Australia Itinerary

20 days in Argentina & Australia Itinerary

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Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 3 nights
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Iguazu National Park, Argentina
— 2 nights
Bus to Foz do Iguacu, Fly to Sydney
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Sydney, Australia
— 4 nights
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Cairns, Australia
— 2 nights
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Port Douglas, Australia
— 2 nights
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Melbourne, Australia
— 4 nights
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Buenos Aires, Argentina

— 3 nights

Queen of La Plata

Cultural capital of South America, Buenos Aires remains one of the largest cities on the continent, serving as a point of departure for exploring the rest of the country.
Buenos Aires is known for nightlife, historic sites, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take in nature's colorful creations at Parque 3 de Febrero, admire the masterpieces at Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires, take a stroll through Puerto Madero, and have fun and explore at Museo de los Ninos.

For maps, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Buenos Aires trip planning website.

If you are flying in from Argentina, the closest major aiports are Jorge Newbery Airpark and Ministro Pistarini International Airport. In January, daytime highs in Buenos Aires are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Iguazu National Park.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping
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Iguazu National Park, Argentina

— 2 nights
Iguazu National Park contains 672 sq km (259 sq mi) of fertile subtropical forests, but its main attraction is the majestic Iguazu Falls.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Thu): admire the sheer force of Iguazu Falls. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Fri): step off the mainland to explore Isla San Martin, tour the pleasant surroundings at Salto Bernabe Mendez, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Salto San Martin.

To see where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Iguazu National Park attractions planner.

Getting from Buenos Aires to Iguazu National Park by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Buenos Aires in January, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Iguazu National Park: temperatures range from 37°C by day to 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Iguazu National Park

Nature · Parks · Wildlife
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Sydney, Australia

— 4 nights

The Harbour City

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.
Sydney is known for nightlife, shopping, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, enjoy the sand and surf at Manly Beach, and hike along Bondi to Coogee Walk.

For ratings, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Sydney online tour planner.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Iguazu National Park to Sydney in 23.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. The time zone difference moving from Argentina Standard Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time is 13 hours. When traveling from Iguazu National Park in January, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Sydney: temperatures range from 32°C by day to 23°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can fly to Cairns.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks · Outdoors · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

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Cairns, Australia

— 2 nights

The Gateway to the Great Barrier Reef

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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and then trek along Esplanade Boardwalk. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For photos, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Cairns road trip planner.

You can fly from Sydney to Cairns in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Sydney in January; daily highs in Cairns reach 37°C and lows reach 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) to allow time to drive to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks

Side Trip

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Port Douglas, Australia

— 2 nights
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 23rd (Sun): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get to know the resident critters at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas and then see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour.

For reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Port Douglas tour itinerary planning website.

You can drive from Cairns to Port Douglas in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in January, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Melbourne.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks
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Melbourne, Australia

— 4 nights

Australia's Garden City

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Dedicate the 28th (Fri) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. The adventure continues: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck, see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum, and admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Victoria.

For photos, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Melbourne online trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Port Douglas to Melbourne in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Port Douglas in January: high temperatures in Melbourne hover around 32°C and lows are around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks · Museums · Tours · Wineries
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Argentina travel guide

4.4
Landmarks · Bodies of Water · Specialty Museums
Land of Contrasts
Home to the highest and lowest points in South America, diverse Argentina enthralls visitors with its contrasting landscapes and rich cultural heritage. A tour of Argentina reveals a sprawling land of fiercely proud and hardworking gauchos, the legendary cowboys of South America's pampas. A vacation in Argentina also leads you to giant urban centers, filled with modern tourist attractions that include fine restaurants, award-winning museums, and renowned public parks, gardens, and zoos. Away from big cities, Argentina sightseeing combines visits to mighty waterfalls situated inside World Heritage-listed national parks in the north of the country, with excursions to icy glaciers in the south.

Australia travel guide

4.6
Beaches · Nature & Parks · Specialty Museums
Australia is a country of breathtaking beauty and unforgettable adventure. From coast to coast you’ll find ancient rainforests, towering cities, stunning outback landscapes and white sand beaches. It’s not only the scenery that varies here, but also the lifestyle. Lay back and relax within a coastal paradise, explore the bustling laneways of a lively metropolis, or feed your sense of adventure in the most remote and remarkable pockets of the country. Whether you’re connecting with Aboriginal culture, tasting seafood straight from the ocean, or diving with gentle whale sharks, you’ll discover why there’s nothing like Australia.