20 days in Australia Itinerary

20 days in Australia Itinerary

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20 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Ljubljana
Fly:  29​h
1
Darwin
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
2
Cairns
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
3
Alice Springs
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
4
Kangaroo Island
— 3 nights
Fly:  9​h
5
Albany
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
6
Margaret River
— 3 nights
Bus + Fly:  29​h
End: Ljubljana

3
nights
Darwin

Darwin ©
The smallest of Australia’s state capitals, Darwin has nevertheless become an attractive and important urban center, being simultaneously one of the country’s most modernized cities and a gateway to both the Top End region and South East Asia.
Get in touch with nature at Territory Wildlife Park and Nature & Wildlife Tours. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Litchfield National Park and Berry Springs Nature Park. Next up on the itinerary: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports and examine the collection at Defence of Darwin Experience.

To find maps, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Darwin tour itinerary planner.

Ljubljana, Slovenia to Darwin is an approximately 29-hour flight. You can also do a combination of shuttle and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Ljubljana to Darwin is 8 hours. In October, Darwin is much warmer than Ljubljana - with highs of 39°C and lows of 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Darwin

Wildlife Parks Nature

Side Trips

Litchfield National Park, Territory Wildlife Park
Find places to stay Oct 21 — 24:
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Territory Wildlife Park ©
Territory Wildlife Park
Fishing Charters & Tours
Berry Springs Nature Park ©
Berry Springs Nature Park

3
nights
Cairns

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Atherton Tablelands and Agincourt Reef. Explore hidden gems such as Opal Reef and Jaques Coffee Plantation. Explore Cairns' surroundings by going to Australian Butterfly Sanctuary (in Kuranda) and Palm Cove (Palm Cove Beach & Spas). There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Trinity Beach.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Cairns visit planner.

Traveling by flight from Darwin to Cairns takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Darwin in October: high temperatures in Cairns hover around 34°C and lows are around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can travel to Alice Springs.

Things to do in Cairns

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Port Douglas, Jaques Coffee Plantation, Trinity Beach, Australian Butterfly Sanctuary
Find places to stay Oct 24 — 27:
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Opal Reef ©
Opal Reef
Atherton Tablelands ©
Atherton Tablelands
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Mon): stop by Alice Springs School of the Air Visitor Centre, then contemplate the long history of Alice Springs Telegraph Station Historical Reserve, then identify plant and animal life at The Kangaroo Sanctuary, and finally surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Royal Flying Doctor Service Museum, identify plant and animal life at Alice Springs Reptile Centre, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Alice Springs Desert Park.

To see more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Alice Springs road trip site .

Traveling by flight from Cairns to Alice Springs takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Cairns in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Alice Springs, with lows of 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to travel to Kangaroo Island.

Things to do in Alice Springs

Wildlife Parks Museums
Find places to stay Oct 27 — 29:
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The Kangaroo Sanctuary ©
The Kangaroo Sanctuary
Alice Springs Desert Park ©
Alice Springs Desert Park
Alice Springs Reptile Centre ©
Alice Springs Reptile Centre

3
nights
Kangaroo Island

Kangaroo Island ©
Abandoned by Aborigines a few thousand years ago, Kangaroo Island attracts over 140,000 visitors each year.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary and Kelly Hill Caves. Step out of the city life by going to Paul's Place Wildlife Sanctuary and Stokes Beach. There's still lots to do: explore the striking landscape of Flinders Chase National Park and identify plant and animal life at Raptor Domain.

For more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Kangaroo Island trip itinerary planning app .

You can fly from Alice Springs to Kangaroo Island in 5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) so you can travel to Albany.

Things to do in Kangaroo Island

Parks Wildlife Nature
Find places to stay Oct 29 — Nov 1:
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Kelly Hill Caves ©
Kelly Hill Caves
Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary
Stokes Beach ©
Stokes Beach

3
nights
Albany

Founded as a military outpost in 1826, Albany is the oldest town in Western Australia, just barely gaining this title by being settled two years earlier than Fremantle and Perth.
Escape the urban bustle at Little Beach and Dolphin & Whale Watching. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Middleton Beach and Emu Point. Change things up with these side-trips from Albany: Denmark (Harewood Forest & Greens Pool). Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at National Anzac Centre, get engrossed in the history at Albany's Historic Whaling Station, and take in the dramatic natural features at The Gap and Natural Bridge.

To see ratings, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Albany tour itinerary tool .

Getting from Kangaroo Island to Albany by flight takes about 9 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Kangaroo Island to Albany, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in November, and nighttime lows around 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to drive to Margaret River.

Things to do in Albany

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Denmark
Find places to stay Nov 1 — 4:
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Little Beach ©
Little Beach
Middleton Beach ©
Middleton Beach

3
nights
Margaret River

Margaret River ©
A low-rise, laid-back town of approximately 4,500 inhabitants, Margaret River serves as an ideal local base to explore the surrounding wine region.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Hamelin Bay Jetty and Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse. Escape the urban bustle at Canal Rocks and Dolphin & Whale Watching. Explore Margaret River's surroundings by going to Ngilgi Cave (in Yallingup), Jewel Cave (in Augusta) and Meelup Beach (in Dunsborough). The adventure continues: Head underground at Mammoth Cave and paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Margaret River online driving holiday planner .

Drive from Albany to Margaret River in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Margaret River

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Augusta, Yallingup, Hamelin Bay Jetty, Meelup Beach
Find places to stay Nov 4 — 7:
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Meelup Beach ©
Meelup Beach
Canal Rocks ©
Canal Rocks
Hamelin Bay Jetty ©
Hamelin Bay Jetty

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