20 days in Australia Itinerary

20 days in Australia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Australia tour planner

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Brisbane
— 3 nights
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Sydney
— 4 nights
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Melbourne
— 4 nights
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Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 3 nights
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Port Douglas
— 2 nights
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Cairns
— 2 nights
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Brisbane

— 3 nights

Australia's New World City

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.
Brisbane is known for parks, wildlife, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: walk around South Bank Parklands, get great views at Mount Coot-Tha Summit Lookout, admire the masterpieces at Queensland Art Gallery, and take in nature's colorful creations at City Botanic Gardens.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Brisbane vacation planner.

Philadelphia, USA to Brisbane is an approximately 23-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Philadelphia to Brisbane is 15 hours. Prepare for much hotter weather when traveling from Philadelphia in March: high temperatures in Brisbane hover around 82°F and lows are around 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks · Wildlife · Museums

Sydney

— 4 nights

The Harbour City

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, beaches, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, enjoy the sand and surf at Manly Beach, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, and wander the streets of The Rocks.

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Traveling by flight from Brisbane to Sydney takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In March, daily temperatures in Sydney can reach 79°F, while at night they dip to 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Neighborhoods

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Melbourne

— 4 nights

Australia's Garden City

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Dedicate the 27th (Sat) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. Next up on the itinerary: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, get to know the resident critters at Melbourne Zoo, see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum, and make a trip to Flinders Street Station.

To find more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Melbourne trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Melbourne takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Sydney in March, Melbourne is slightly colder at night with lows of 56°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) early enough to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Melbourne

Tours · Wineries · Parks · Museums

Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

— 3 nights
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.
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is known for nature, museums, and outdoors. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the striking landscape at Uluru, take in the awesome beauty at Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga, trek along Kuniya Walk, and get advice or help at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre.

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Fly from Melbourne to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time to Australian Central Standard Time is minus 0.5 hours. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Melbourne in March; daily highs in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park reach 95°F and lows reach 70°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Wed) early enough to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Museums

Port Douglas

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Thu): stop by Coffee Works Port Douglas, take in the exciting artwork at Ngarru Gallery, then relax and rejuvenate at The Deep Retreat : Deep Yoga Studio : Deep Pilates Studio, and finally discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri): see the vivid underwater world at Opal Reef, then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, and then see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour.

To see other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Port Douglas road trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Port Douglas takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Port Douglas, you'll lose 0.5 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in March: highs in Port Douglas hover around 87°F, while lows dip to 74°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) so you can go by car to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors · Parks

Cairns

— 2 nights

The Gateway to the Great Barrier Reef

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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Sat): take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Cairns trip planner.

Traveling by car from Port Douglas to Cairns takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Cairns are 85°F, while nighttime lows are 72°F. You will have some time to spend on the 4th (Sun) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Cairns

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife
Highlights from your trip

Australia travel guide

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Beaches · Gardens · Wildlife Areas
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.