20 days in Australia Itinerary

20 days in Australia Itinerary

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20 days in Australia Itinerary

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
+3
shuttle + Fly + taxi + bus:  7​h 45​min
4
Airlie Beach
— 2 nights
+2
ferry + foot + Fly:  4​h 45​min
5
Cairns
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
6
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
shuttle + 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, trails, shopping, beaches, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: hike along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, see a show at Sydney Opera House, take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, and see the interesting displays at Australian National Maritime Museum.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Sydney day trip planning website .

Johannesburg, South Africa to Sydney is an approximately 15-hour flight. You'll lose 8 hours traveling from Johannesburg to Sydney due to the time zone difference. In December, daily temperatures in Sydney can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Manly Beach
Manly Beach

3
nights
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. Next up on the itinerary: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, examine the collection at Melbourne Museum, enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck, and don't miss a visit to Melbourne Star Observation Wheel.

For ratings, maps, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Melbourne trip itinerary maker site .

You can fly from Sydney to Melbourne in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Sydney in December, expect little chillier with lows of 14°C in Melbourne. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to go by car to Torquay.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Tours

Side Trip

Werribee Open Range Zoo
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Balloon Rides
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum

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), cruise along The Great Ocean Road.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read Torquay road trip app .

You can drive from Melbourne to Torquay in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Torquay can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to 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), get interesting insight from Tours and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On the 4th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: identify plant and animal life at Daydream Island Living Reef, take a memorable tour with Tours, and then kick back and relax at Airlie Beach Lagoon.

To see other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Airlie Beach driving holiday planning site .

Getting from Torquay to Airlie Beach by combination of shuttle, flight, and bus takes about 8 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle, flight, and ferry; or drive. In January, Airlie Beach is somewhat warmer than Torquay - with highs of 34°C and lows of 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to 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 32 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, enjoy some diversion at Esplanade Lagoon Pool, and get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

For photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Cairns trip itinerary builder tool .

You can do a combination of ferry and flight from Airlie Beach to Cairns in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In January in Cairns, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) to allow time to take a bus to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

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

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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Wed): see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, and then look for gifts at With Sugar. Here are some ideas for day two: get outside with Horses in Port, then explore the gorgeous colors at Opal Reef, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures.

To see ratings, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Port Douglas trip itinerary planning website .

Traveling by bus from Cairns to Port Douglas takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in January, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to 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

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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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Fri): identify plant and animal life at Kuniya Walk, explore the activities along Mutitjulu Waterhole, then don't miss a visit to Uluru, and finally trek along Uluru Hiking Path. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Sat): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga, then head outdoors with Walpa Gorge, and then appreciate the views at Valley of the Winds.

For reviews, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read our Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park online tour planner .

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Port Douglas to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. When traveling from Port Douglas in January, plan for a bit warmer days in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, with highs around 43°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to 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

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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.
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. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the long history of The Perth Mint and then explore the activities along Swan River.

For photos, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read Perth trip planner .

You can fly from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Perth in 9.5 hours. Another option is to drive. The time zone difference moving from Australian Central Standard Time (Northern Territory) (ACST) to Australian Western Standard Time (AWST) is minus 1 hour. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in January: high temperatures in Perth hover around 38°C and lows are around 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Perth

Parks Nature Wildlife

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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