20 days in Australia Itinerary

20 days in Australia Itinerary

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Start: Johannesburg
Fly:  15 h
1
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly:  3 h 30 min
2
Melbourne
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
3
Torquay
— 1 night
Fly:  7 h 45 min
4
Airlie Beach
— 2 nights
Fly:  4 h 45 min
5
Cairns
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
6
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
Fly:  5 h 45 min
7
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 2 nights
Fly:  9 h 15 min
8
Perth
— 1 night
Fly:  13 h
End: Johannesburg

3
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.
Sydney is known for nightlife, beaches, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: trek along Bondi to Coogee Walk, make a trip to Sydney Opera House, explore the striking landscape at Mrs Macquarie's Chair, and get to know the fascinating history of The Rocks.

To see ratings, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Sydney trip planner.

Johannesburg, South Africa to Sydney is an approximately 15-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from South Africa Standard Time (SAST) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) is 8 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Sydney can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Bondi to Coogee Walk
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi to Coogee Walk ©
Bondi to Coogee Walk
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi 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.
Go for a jaunt from Melbourne to Werribee to see Werribee Open Range Zoo about 42 minutes away. The adventure continues: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, examine the collection at Melbourne Museum, enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck, and make a trip to Melbourne Star Observation Wheel.

For where to stay, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Melbourne route planning website.

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Melbourne takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Sydney in December since evenings lows in Melbourne dip to 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Torquay.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Outdoors

Side Trip

Werribee Open Range Zoo
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Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Werribee Open Range Zoo ©
Werribee Open Range Zoo
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo

1
night
Torquay

Torquay ©
Set against the stark but scenic coastline of the Bass Strait--the body of water separating Victoria and Tasmania--Torquay is a prime location for surfing and beach life in general.
On the 2nd (Thu), admire all the interesting features of The Great Ocean Road.

To see ratings, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read our Torquay online trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Melbourne to Torquay takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In January, daytime highs in Torquay are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can travel to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Torquay

Scenic Drive Outdoors
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The Great Ocean Road ©
The Great Ocean Road

2
nights
Airlie Beach

Very much a town with an emphasis on the tropical lifestyle, Airlie Beach offers exotic surroundings with palm trees and charming, sandy beaches.
On the 3rd (Fri), race across the water with a speed boat tour and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: identify plant and animal life at Daydream Island Living Reef, get some thrills out on the water with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Airlie Beach Lagoon.

To find where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Airlie Beach route planning app.

Traveling by flight from Torquay to Airlie Beach takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Torquay in January, things will get a bit warmer in Airlie Beach: highs are around 34°C and lows about 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Daydream Island Living Reef
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Waterskiing & Jetskiing
Scuba & Snorkeling
Speed Boats Tours

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.
When in Cairns, make a side trip to see Palm Cove Beach in Palm Cove, approximately Palm Cove away. Next up on the itinerary: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, have fun at Esplanade Lagoon Pool, and take in the waterfront at The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk.

To find ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Cairns sightseeing planning app.

Traveling by flight from Airlie Beach to Cairns takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Cairns can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can go by car to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Trinity Beach, Palm Cove Beach, The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk, Cairns Kart Hire Track
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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.
On the 8th (Wed), take an exotic tour of a safari tour, thendiscover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then look for gifts at With Sugar. Here are some ideas for day two: get outside with Horses in Port, thenexplore the gorgeous colors at Opal Reef, and then identify plant and animal life at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Port Douglas using our trip planner.

You can drive from Cairns to Port Douglas in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. January in Port Douglas sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Fri): trek along Kuniya Walk, thencontemplate the waterfront views at Mutitjulu Waterhole, thenexplore and take pictures at Uluru, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Uluru Hiking Path. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Sat): take in the dramatic natural features at Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga, thenexplore the striking landscape at Walpa Gorge, and then admire the verdant scenery at Valley of the Winds.

To find traveler tips, photos, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip app.

You can fly from Port Douglas to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Port Douglas to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, you'll gain 0.5 hours due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Port Douglas, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, ranging from highs of 43°C to lows of 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can travel to Perth.

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
Valley of the Winds ©
Valley of the Winds

1
night
Perth

Perth ©
A modern metropolis of glassy skyscrapers, waterside boulevards, and lush residential neighborhoods, Perth sits on the edge of the Swan Coastal Plain.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sun): get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour and then take in nature's colorful creations at Kings Park and Botanic Garden. Here are some ideas for day two: steep yourself in history at The Perth Mint and then explore the activities along Swan River.

To see reviews, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read Perth trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Perth takes 10 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1.5 hours traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Perth. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in January, with highs in Perth at 38°C and lows at 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Perth

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Dolphin & Whale Watching
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Kings Park and Botanic Garden ©
Kings Park and Botanic Garden
Swan River ©
Swan River
Dolphin & Whale Watching

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