20 days in Australia Itinerary

20 days in Australia Itinerary

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20 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Vancouver
Fly:  18​h 15​min
1
Hamilton Island
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
2
Cairns
— 2 nights
3
Port Douglas
— 1 night
shuttle + Fly:  5​h 15​min
4
Alice Springs
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 45​min
5
Kangaroo Island
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
6
Melbourne
— 4 nights
7
Sydney
— 5 nights
Fly:  18​h
End: Vancouver

2
nights
Hamilton Island

A trip to Hamilton Island takes you to a car-free destination mostly covered in bushland.
Step out of the city life by going to Scuba & Snorkeling and Jetryder. There's much more to do: head off the coast to Whitsunday Islands National Park, meet the residents at Wild life Hamilton Island, play a few rounds at Hamilton Island Golf Club, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Catseye Beach.

For reviews, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Hamilton Island route planning site .

Vancouver, Canada to Hamilton Island is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of shuttle and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. You'll lose 18 hours traveling from Vancouver to Hamilton Island due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Vancouver in April, expect Hamilton Island to be much hotter, temps between 31°C and 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Hamilton Island

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Whitsunday Islands National Park
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Whitsunday Islands National Park ©
Whitsunday Islands National Park
Hamilton Island Golf Club ©
Hamilton Island Golf Club

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.
On the 30th (Tue), discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see traveler tips, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read Cairns trip app .

Traveling by flight from Hamilton Island to Cairns takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of ferry, bus, and train. In April, daily temperatures in Cairns can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to drive to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Scuba & Snorkeling

1
night
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 1st (Wed), see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For reviews, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read Port Douglas day trip site .

Getting from Cairns to Port Douglas by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a shuttle. In May, daytime highs in Port Douglas are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to travel to Alice Springs.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Scuba & Snorkeling

1
night
Alice Springs

Alice Springs ©
Situated right in the heart of Australia, Alice Springs serves as an urban oasis deep within the country’s parched, desert-like Red Center.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): identify plant and animal life at The Kangaroo Sanctuary, then examine the collection at Hartley Street School Museum, and then take in the local highlights with Walking tours. Here are some ideas for day two: take some stellar pictures from Anzac Hill, steep yourself in history at Alice Springs Telegraph Station Historical Reserve, then get engrossed in the history at Alice Springs School of the Air Visitor Centre, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Alice Springs Desert Park.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Alice Springs holiday builder tool .

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Port Douglas to Alice Springs takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Port Douglas in May, you will find days in Alice Springs are a bit cooler (28°C), and nights are colder (9°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can travel to Kangaroo Island.

Things to do in Alice Springs

Wildlife Parks Tours
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The Kangaroo Sanctuary ©
The Kangaroo Sanctuary
Alice Springs Desert Park ©
Alice Springs Desert Park

2
nights
Kangaroo Island

Kangaroo Island ©
Abandoned by Aborigines a few thousand years ago, Kangaroo Island attracts over 140,000 visitors each year.
On the 4th (Sat), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Flinders Chase National Park.

For other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Kangaroo Island trip tool .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Alice Springs to Kangaroo Island in 5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Kangaroo Island

Nature Wildlife Parks
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Flinders Chase National Park ©
Flinders Chase National Park

4
nights
Melbourne

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Old Melbourne Gaol and Trinity College Chapel. Get outdoors at Melbourne Zoo and The Great Ocean Road. There's much more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck 88, enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at East Melbourne Synagogue.

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Getting from Kangaroo Island to Melbourne by combination of taxi and flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of taxi, bus, ferry, and car. In May, daytime highs in Melbourne are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Outdoors Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

St. Kilda Beach, The Great Ocean Road
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Balloon Rides
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
The Great Ocean Road ©
The Great Ocean Road

5
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Bondi Beach and Clovelly. Change things up with these side-trips from Sydney: Coachwood Glen Nature Trail (in Megalong Valley) and Logan Brae Orchard (in Blackheath). The adventure continues: wander the streets of The Rocks, appreciate the history behind Mrs Macquarie's Chair, catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, and stroll through Manly Beach.

To find maps, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Sydney driving holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Sydney takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Traveling from Melbourne in May, things will get a bit warmer in Sydney: highs are around 24°C and lows about 14°C. On the 14th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Logan Brae Orchard, Coachwood Glen Nature Trail
Find places to stay May 9 — 14:
Highlights from your plan
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach

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