20 days in Australia Itinerary

20 days in Australia Itinerary

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Darwin
— 3 nights
Fly
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Port Douglas
— 3 nights
Drive
3
Cairns
— 3 nights
Fly
4
Gold Coast
— 1 night
Fly
5
Sydney
— 2 nights
Fly
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Canberra
— 2 nights
Fly
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Hobart
— 2 nights
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Melbourne
— 1 night
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Darwin — 3 nights

The smallest of Australia’s state capitals, Darwin has nevertheless become an attractive and important urban center, being simultaneously one of the country’s most modernized cities and a gateway to both the Top End region and South East Asia.
You'll explore and learn at Defence of Darwin Experience and RFDS Darwin Tourist Facility. Escape the urban bustle at Crocosaurus Cove and Nature & Wildlife Tours. The adventure continues: get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour, cool off at Darwin Waterfront, and take an in-depth tour of Darwin Aviation Museum.

To see photos, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Darwin online trip maker.

Bournemouth, UK to Darwin is an approximately 32-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. You'll lose 9.5 hours traveling from Bournemouth to Darwin due to the time zone difference. In October, Darwin is warmer than Bournemouth - with highs of 39°C and lows of 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Port Douglas.
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Port Douglas — 3 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.
Get outdoors at Mossman Gorge Centre and Four Mile Beach. Explore hidden gems such as Boat Tours & Water Sports and Spas. There's lots more to do: see the vivid underwater world at Opal Reef, see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, and get to know the resident critters at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read Port Douglas vacation tool.

Traveling by flight from Darwin to Port Douglas takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 0.5 hours traveling from Darwin to Port Douglas. Traveling from Darwin in October, expect Port Douglas to be a bit cooler, temps between 34°C and 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Cairns.
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Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours
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Cairns — 3 nights

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Seastar Cruises Reef Day Trips and Palm Cove Beach. Discover out-of-the-way places like Nature & Wildlife Tours and Helicopter Tours. It doesn't end there: stroll through Trinity Beach and see exotic creatures in open habitats at Billy Tea Safaris.

To find other places to visit, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Cairns trip planner.

Getting from Port Douglas to Cairns by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. In October in Cairns, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) to allow time to fly to Gold Coast.
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Gold Coast — 1 night

A city of towering skyscrapers, sandy beaches, and tree-lined streets, Gold Coast has an unpretentious air complemented by a citywide focus on sports and the arts.
On the 3rd (Thu), kick back and relax at Coolangatta Beach, then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Burleigh Head National Park, and then kick back and relax at Burleigh Heads Beach.

For where to stay, maps, photos, and tourist information, read Gold Coast trip itinerary website.

You can fly from Cairns to Gold Coast in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Cairns in November; daily highs in Gold Coast reach 30°C and lows reach 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can fly to Sydney.
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Sydney — 2 nights

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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Fri): catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, then admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Bondi Beach, and finally trek along Bondi to Coogee Walk. Keep things going the next day: take a stroll through Darling Harbour, then see the interesting displays at Australian National Maritime Museum, and then take a stroll through The Rocks.

For more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Sydney trip itinerary website.

You can fly from Gold Coast to Sydney in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to fly to Canberra.
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Canberra — 2 nights

A planned city with streets laid out in elaborate, geometric patterns and founded specifically to serve as the capital of the emerging Australian state, Canberra has a self-sufficient atmosphere.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sun): browse the exhibits of National Museum of Australia and then get curious at Questacon. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the masterpieces at National Portrait Gallery, get engrossed in the history at Australian War Memorial, and then don't miss a visit to Mount Ainslie Lookout.

To see maps and more tourist information, read Canberra travel route planner.

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Canberra takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Sydney in November since evenings lows in Canberra dip to 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can catch the flight to Hobart.
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Hobart — 2 nights

Snaking up the side of a rounded, tree-dotted hill, Hobart sits between Tasmania’s sprawling mountains and the vast estuary of the River Derwent.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Tue): get engrossed in the history at Mawson's Hut Replica Museum, then sample the tasty concoctions at Cascade Brewery, and then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Lark Distillery. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the landmark architecture of Richmond Gaol, then identify plant and animal life at Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary, and then take in the views from Richmond Bridge.

To see maps, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Hobart day trip planner.

You can fly from Canberra to Hobart in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus, train, and ferry. While traveling from Canberra, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Hobart, ranging from highs of 22°C to lows of 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Melbourne.
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Melbourne — 1 night

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
On the 10th (Thu), see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Patrick's Cathedral, then get engrossed in the history at Melbourne Holocaust Museum, and finally kick back and relax at St. Kilda Beach.

To see more things to do and tourist information, you can read our Melbourne day trip site.

You can fly from Hobart to Melbourne in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Traveling from Hobart in November, you will find days in Melbourne are somewhat warmer (26°C), and nights are about the same (11°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.
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Australia travel guide

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Beaches · Wildlife Areas · Gardens
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.
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