20 days in Australia Itinerary

20 days in Australia Itinerary

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Cairns
— 4 nights
2
Port Douglas
— 3 nights
3
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 3 nights
4
Melbourne
— 3 nights
5
Sydney
— 5 nights

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 visit kid-friendly attractions like Scuba & Snorkeling and Esplanade Boardwalk. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cairns: Kuranda Rainforest Journeys (in Kuranda) and Palm Cove Beach (in Palm Cove). Next up on the itinerary: take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Gardens, scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, observe the fascinating underwater world at Cairns Aquarium, and enjoy some diversion at Muddy's Playground.

For where to stay, maps, ratings, and tourist information, use the Cairns trip tool.

Chicago, USA to Cairns is an approximately 25-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time is 16 hours. In August in Cairns, expect temperatures between 80°F during the day and 63°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can drive to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors · Tours · Parks

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Kuranda Rainforest Journeys
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach
Kuranda Rainforest Journeys ©
Kuranda Rainforest Journeys

3
nights
Port Douglas

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.
Attractions like Scuba & Snorkeling and Safaris make great kid-friendly stops. There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Mossman Gorge Centre, indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at The Deep Retreat & Deep Yoga Studio, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, and kick back and relax at Four Mile Beach.

For reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Port Douglas vacation planner.

Drive from Cairns to Port Douglas in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Port Douglas can reach 80°F, while at night they dip to 62°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trip

Mossman Gorge Centre
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The Deep Retreat & Deep Yoga Studio ©
The Deep Retreat & Deep Yoga Studio
Scuba & Snorkeling
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas ©
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas

3
nights
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park ©
Please note that visitors are no longer allowed to trek up Uluru.

Located right in the center of Australia, the national park boasts perhaps the country's most iconic natural symbol and a sacred place for the region's indigenous people--as well as Kata Tjuta, a collection of 36 red rocks forming an equally distinctive sight.
Kids will enjoy Uluru and Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre. There's lots more to do: take in the awesome beauty at Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga, take in the pleasant sights at Field of Light, explore the striking landscape at Walpa Gorge, and contemplate the waterfront views at Mutitjulu Waterhole.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park online road trip planner.

You can fly from Port Douglas to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Port Douglas to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is minus 0.5 hours. Traveling from Port Douglas in August, you will find days in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park are a bit cooler (74°F), and nights are cooler (42°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks · Nature · Museums
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Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga ©
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga
Lungkata Walk ©
Lungkata Walk

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.
Kids will enjoy Melbourne Zoo and National Gallery of Victoria. There's still lots to do: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, don't miss a visit to Fitzroy Gardens, take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck, and get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium.

To find more things to do, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Melbourne road trip app.

Getting from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Melbourne by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive. The time zone difference moving from Australian Central Standard Time (ACST) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) is 0.5 hours. Traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in August, expect nights in Melbourne to be about the same, around 42°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 57°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums
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Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens

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 visit kid-friendly attractions like Sydney Opera House and Bondi Beach. The adventure continues: get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, examine the collection at Australian National Maritime Museum, take in the views from Sydney Harbour Bridge, and take in the dramatic natural features at Mrs Macquarie's Chair.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, go to the Sydney trip planning website.

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Sydney takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Melbourne in August: high temperatures in Sydney hover around 66°F and lows are around 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Bondi to Coogee Walk, Sydney by Kayak
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Sea Life Sydney Aquarium ©
Sea Life Sydney Aquarium
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach

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