20 days in Australia Itinerary

20 days in Australia Itinerary

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20 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Newark
Fly:  33​h
1
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)
— 1 night
+2
bus + foot + Fly:  9​h
2
Cairns
— 2 nights
3
Port Douglas
— 3 nights
shuttle + Fly:  5​h 45​min
4
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
5
Melbourne
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
6
Sydney
— 4 nights
Fly:  28​h
End: Newark

1
night
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) ©
Jabiru is a town in the Northern Territory of Australia. Start off your visit on the 8th (Sat): look for all kinds of wild species at Cahills Crossing and then make a trip to Ubirr. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to Bardedjilidji Walk, look for all kinds of wild species at Yellow Water, and then identify plant and animal life at Mamukala Wetlands.

For other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) trip app .

Newark, USA to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) is an approximately 33-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Australian Central Standard Time (Northern Territory) (ACST), which is usually a 14 hour difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trip

Kakadu National Park
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Yellow Water ©
Yellow Water
Ubirr ©
Ubirr
Cahills Crossing ©
Cahills Crossing

2
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Scuba & Snorkeling and Esplanade Boardwalk. Spend the 11th (Tue) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. It doesn't end there: take a leisurely stroll along The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk and explore the activities along Centenary Lakes - Cairns Botanic Gardens.

To find out how to plan a trip to Cairns, use our trip itinerary maker.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) to Cairns in 9 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and flight; or drive. In December, daytime highs in Cairns are 88°F, while nighttime lows are 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to drive to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk, Centenary Lakes - Cairns Botanic Gardens
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk

3
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.
Visiting Scuba & Snorkeling and Horses in Port will get you outdoors. Spend the 15th (Sat) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. There's lots more to do: relax in the rural setting at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, meet the residents at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, and take in the exciting artwork at Ngarru Gallery.

For where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Port Douglas trip planner .

Traveling by car from Cairns to Port Douglas takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 88°F in December, and nighttime lows around 73°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) 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 ©
For quintessential Outback scenery and culture, you can't beat a holiday in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, a World Heritage Site.
Escape the urban bustle at Uluru and Mutitjulu Waterhole. Get a sense of the local culture at Kata Tjuta and Kuniya Walk. Next up on the itinerary: admire the verdant scenery at Valley of the Winds, get outside with Walpa Gorge, make a trip to Field of Light, and hike along Uluru Hiking Path.

For ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park planner .

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Port Douglas to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Port Douglas in December, you will find days in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park are somewhat warmer (97°F), and nights are about the same (70°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta ©
Kata Tjuta
Valley of the Winds ©
Valley of the Winds

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.
Get some cultural insight at Melbourne Museum and Immigration Museum. Step out of the city life by going to Melbourne Zoo and Melbourne Boat Hire. Next up on the itinerary: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, contemplate the long history of Old Melbourne Gaol, take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck 88, and don't miss a visit to Flinders Street Station.

For traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Melbourne trip planner.

You can fly from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Melbourne in 5 hours. Another option is to drive. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in December, with highs in Melbourne at 78°F and lows at 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums Outdoors Parks
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Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum
Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance
National Gallery of Victoria ©
National Gallery of Victoria

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Sydney Opera House and Darling Harbour. Escape the urban bustle at Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk and Bondi Beach. And it doesn't end there: get to know the fascinating history of The Rocks, take in the views from Sydney Harbour Bridge, hike along The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk, and enjoy the sand and surf at Clovelly.

To see maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Sydney trip itinerary site .

You can fly from Melbourne to Sydney in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Sydney when traveling from Melbourne in December, with lows around 65°F. You'll have a few hours on the 25th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
The Rocks ©
The Rocks

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