20 days in Australia Itinerary

20 days in Australia Itinerary

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20 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Sydney
+2
Fly + shuttle + bus:  8​h 45​min
1
Coles Bay
— 1 night
+2
bus + shuttle + Fly:  8​h
2
Melbourne
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
3
Perth
— 2 nights
ferry:  1​h 15​min
4
Rottnest Island
— 1 night
+3
ferry + foot + bus + Fly:  9​h 45​min
5
Brisbane
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h
6
Hamilton Island
— 1 night
Fly:  1​h 30​min
7
Cairns
— 3 nights
Fly:  1​h 45​min
8
Whitsunday Island
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 15​min
9
Sydney
— 4 nights
End: Sydney

1
night
Coles Bay

Coles Bay ©
Overlooking one of Tasmania's most scenic strips of coastline and serving as the gateway to Freycinet National Park, Coles Bay is home to just 500 permanent residents.
To find other places to visit, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read our Coles Bay tour itinerary planner .

Sydney to Coles Bay is an approximately 9-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of flight, bus, and taxi; or do a combination of train, ferry, bus, and car. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Coles Bay

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Freycinet, Melshell Oysters
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Melshell Oysters ©
Melshell Oysters
Wineglass Bay Lookout ©
Wineglass Bay Lookout
Honeymoon Bay ©
Honeymoon Bay

2
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Melbourne is known for museums, parks, shopping, zoos & aquariums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, meet the residents at Melbourne Zoo, get lost in a book at State Library of Victoria, and learn about all things military at Shrine of Remembrance.

To see photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Melbourne trip site .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Coles Bay to Melbourne takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight; or do a combination of car and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in November, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) early enough to travel to Perth.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums Parks Historic Sites
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National Gallery of Victoria ©
National Gallery of Victoria
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum

2
nights
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 6th (Tue): contemplate the long history of The Perth Mint, then steep yourself in history at Fremantle Prison, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Kings Park & Botanic Garden. Here are some ideas for day two: learn about winemaking at Sandalford Wines Swan Valley, identify plant and animal life at Caversham Wildlife Park, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Swan River.

To see photos, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read our Perth day trip tool .

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Perth takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. The time zone difference when traveling from Melbourne to Perth is minus 2 hours. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Melbourne in November: high temperatures in Perth hover around 33°C and lows are around 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to catch the ferry to Rottnest Island.

Things to do in Perth

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Caversham Wildlife Park, Sandalford Wines Swan Valley, Fremantle Prison
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Kings Park & Botanic Garden ©
Kings Park & Botanic Garden
Fremantle Prison ©
Fremantle Prison
Swan River ©
Swan River

1
night
Rottnest Island

Rottnest Island ©
Rottnest Island is an island off the coast of Western Australia, located 18km west of Fremantle. On the 8th (Thu), enjoy the sand and surf at Ricey Beach and then enjoy the sand and surf at Parakeet Bay.

To find reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Rottnest Island tour itinerary planner.

You can ride a ferry from Perth to Rottnest Island in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and taxi; or do a combination of ferry and train. November in Rottnest Island sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Rottnest Island

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Parakeet Bay ©
Parakeet Bay
Ricey Beach ©
Ricey Beach

1
night
Brisbane

Brisbane ©
Queensland’s biggest town and state capital, Brisbane has an attractive, manicured image based around its riverside aesthetic as well as the contrast between its high-rise center and extensive urban greenery.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Fri): admire the natural beauty at Roma Street Parkland and then let the kids burn off some steam at South Bank Parklands. On your second day here, look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary and then get great views at Mount Coot-tha Lookout.

To find where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Brisbane trip itinerary site .

Traveling by combination of ferry, bus, and flight from Rottnest Island to Brisbane takes 10 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, bus, and flight; or do a combination of ferry and car. The time zone changes from Australian Western Standard Time (AWST) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) (AEST), which is usually a 2 hour difference. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Rottnest Island in November since evenings lows in Brisbane dip to 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can travel to Hamilton Island.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Fun & Games Wildlife
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South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Mount Coot-tha Lookout ©
Mount Coot-tha Lookout

1
night
Hamilton Island

Hamilton Island ©
A trip to Hamilton Island takes you to a car-free destination mostly covered in bushland.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sun): play a few rounds at Hamilton Island Golf Club and then take in the waterfront activity at Hamilton Island Marina.

To see more things to do, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Hamilton Island itinerary planner.

You can fly from Brisbane to Hamilton Island in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, bus, and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Hamilton Island when traveling from Brisbane in November, with lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Hamilton Island

Golf Outdoors Parks
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Hamilton Island Golf Club ©
Hamilton Island Golf Club
Hamilton Island Marina ©
Hamilton Island Marina

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Cairns side-trips: Hartley's Crocodile Adventures (in Palm Cove) and Port Douglas (Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas & Safaris). Spend the 12th (Mon) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Cairns trip planner.

Getting from Hamilton Island to Cairns by flight takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of ferry, bus, and train. In November, daily temperatures in Cairns can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to travel to Whitsunday Island.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Port Douglas, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Safaris

1
night
Whitsunday Island

Whitsunday Island ©
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Thu): explore the activities along Hill Inlet and then kick back and relax at Whitehaven Beach.

To find reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Whitsunday Island trip planning site .

Getting from Cairns to Whitsunday Island by flight takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or take a train. Expect slightly colder evenings in Whitsunday Island when traveling from Cairns in November, with lows around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Whitsunday Island

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Hill Inlet ©
Hill Inlet
Whitehaven Beach ©
Whitehaven Beach

4
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, beaches, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see a show at Sydney Opera House, meet the residents at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, make a trip to Sydney Harbour Bridge, and trek along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk.

To find photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Sydney trip planner .

You can fly from Whitsunday Island to Sydney in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or take a train. Traveling from Whitsunday Island in November, expect Sydney to be little chillier, temps between 29°C and 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Highlights from your plan
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk
The Royal Botanic Garden ©
The Royal Botanic Garden

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