20 days in Australia Itinerary

20 days in Australia Itinerary

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20 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Ahmedabad
Fly + shuttle:  16​h 30​min
1
Port Douglas
— 1 night
bus:  1​h 15​min
2
Cairns
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h
3
Sydney
— 3 nights
4
Sydney
— 2 nights
5
Canberra
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
6
Wodonga
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
7
Melbourne
— 3 nights
8
Melbourne
— 2 nights
Fly:  15​h 45​min
End: Ahmedabad

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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On the 23rd (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: identify plant and animal life at Mossman Gorge Centre, then identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, and then stop by With Sugar.

For photos, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Port Douglas trip planner .

Ahmedabad, India to Port Douglas is an approximately 16.5-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference moving from India Standard Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) is 4 hours. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Port Douglas when traveling from Ahmedabad in December, with lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) to allow time to take a bus to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Mossman Gorge Centre
Find places to stay Dec 22 — 23:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas ©
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas

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 24th (Tue), have fun at Esplanade Lagoon Pool, then take a memorable tour with Tours, and then identify plant and animal life at The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll through Palm Cove Beach, then take a memorable tour with Tours, and then trek along Esplanade Boardwalk.

For ratings, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Cairns travel planner.

Take a bus from Port Douglas to Cairns in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. December in Cairns sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 26°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Palm Cove Beach, The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk
Find places to stay Dec 23 — 25:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk
Esplanade Lagoon Pool ©
Esplanade Lagoon Pool

3
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, shopping, beaches, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, take in the views from Sydney Harbour Bridge, admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, and wander the streets of Darling Harbour.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Sydney trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Cairns to Sydney takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Cairns in December, expect Sydney to be a bit cooler, temps between 32°C and 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Find places to stay Dec 25 — 29:
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney ©
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney

2
nights
Sydney

Kick off your visit on the 30th (Mon): push the limits with an extreme tour, then engage your brain at Powerhouse Museum, then admire the natural beauty at Chinese Garden of Friendship, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Sydney Tower Eye Observation Deck. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Queen Victoria Building, get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour, then appreciate the history behind King Edward VII, and finally get outside with Watsons Bay.

To find maps, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Sydney route tool .

Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can go by car to Canberra.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Tours Museums
Find places to stay Dec 29 — 31:
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Chinese Garden of Friendship ©
Chinese Garden of Friendship
Powerhouse Museum ©
Powerhouse Museum

2
nights
Canberra

Canberra ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Wed): get a sense of history and politics at Parliament of Australia, then take an in-depth tour of Australian War Memorial, and then engage your brain at Questacon. Here are some ideas for day two: have some family-friendly fun at Breakr, then make a trip to Mount Ainslie Lookout, then explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Australia, and finally explore the activities along Lake Burley Griffin.

For other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Canberra online travel planner .

Getting from Sydney to Canberra by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Sydney in December, Canberra is a bit cooler at night with lows of 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to travel to Wodonga.

Things to do in Canberra

Museums Childrens Museums Parks
Find places to stay Dec 31 — Jan 2:
Highlights from your plan
Australian War Memorial ©
Australian War Memorial
Parliament of Australia ©
Parliament of Australia
National Gallery of Australia ©
National Gallery of Australia

1
night
Wodonga

Wodonga ©
Wodonga is a city on the Victorian side of the border with New South Wales, 300km north-east of Melbourne, Australia. On the 3rd (Fri), indulge your thirst for a good beer at Cheeky Peak Brewery, then brush up on your military savvy at The Army Museum Bandiana, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Hume, and finally admire the natural beauty at Albury Botanic Garden.

To see ratings and more tourist information, read Wodonga trip planner .

You can drive from Canberra to Wodonga in 4 hours. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Wodonga when traveling from Canberra in January, with lows around 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Wodonga

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trip

Albury
Find places to stay Jan 2 — 3:
Highlights from your plan
Albury Botanic Garden ©
Albury Botanic Garden
Cheeky Peak Brewery ©
Cheeky Peak Brewery

3
nights
Melbourne

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sat): soar above the sights with a balloon tour, then enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck, and then admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum, then admire the natural beauty at Melbourne Zoo, and then make a trip to Flinders Street Station.

For ratings, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Melbourne tour planner.

Drive from Wodonga to Melbourne in 3.5 hours. While traveling from Wodonga, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Melbourne, ranging from highs of 32°C to lows of 17°C. On the 6th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Outdoors Tours
Find places to stay Jan 3 — 6:
Highlights from your plan
Balloon Rides
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo

2
nights
Melbourne

Start off your visit on the 6th (Mon): admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Victoria and then make a trip to Melbourne Star Observation Wheel. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: ponder the world of politics at Parliament House of Victoria, then savor the flavors at Food & Drink, and then take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

To see maps, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read Melbourne online travel planner .

Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Tours Outdoors Scenic Drive

Side Trip

The Great Ocean Road
Find places to stay Jan 6 — 8:
Highlights from your plan
Walking tours
The Great Ocean Road ©
The Great Ocean Road
National Gallery of Victoria ©
National Gallery of Victoria

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