20 days in Australia Itinerary

20 days in Australia Itinerary

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20 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Sydney
1
Newcastle
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Port Macquarie
— 1 night
Fly + shuttle:  8​h
3
Port Douglas
— 1 night
shuttle + Fly:  5​h 15​min
4
Alice Springs
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h
5
Mandurah
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
6
Margaret River
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  11​h
7
Port Lincoln
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h 45​min
8
Kangaroo Island
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + taxi + bus:  7​h 30​min
9
Stanley
— 1 day
Drive:  4​h 30​min
10
Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
11
Coles Bay
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
12
Hobart
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
End: Sydney

1
day
Newcastle

Newcastle ©
While Newcastle is known for its coal exports, it's also made a name for itself with a cultural boom.
On the 29th (Tue), look for all kinds of wild species at Blackbutt Reserve, take in the pleasant sights at Newcastle Memorial Walk, and then kick back and relax at Nobbys Beach.

To see other places to visit, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Newcastle route planner .

Sydney to Newcastle is an approximately 2-hour car ride. You can also take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in January, and nighttime lows around 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to drive to Port Macquarie.

Things to do in Newcastle

Parks Fun & Games Wildlife
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Nobbys Beach ©
Nobbys Beach
Newcastle Memorial Walk ©
Newcastle Memorial Walk

1
night
Port Macquarie

Port Macquarie ©
Known for its numerous beaches and resident koala population, Port Macquarie offers visitors a welcoming environment in which to unwind.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Wed): enjoy the sea views from Tacking Point Lighthouse, identify plant and animal life at Koala Hospital, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas.

For maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Port Macquarie itinerary planner .

Getting from Newcastle to Port Macquarie by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and flight. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Newcastle in January: highs in Port Macquarie hover around 26°C, while lows dip to 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) so you can travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Port Macquarie

Wildlife Parks Outdoors
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Koala Hospital ©
Koala Hospital
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Tacking Point Lighthouse ©
Tacking Point Lighthouse

1
night
Port Douglas

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.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Thu): choose your vessel at Port Douglas Boat Hire, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Mossman Gorge. On the next day, identify plant and animal life at Opal Reef and then identify plant and animal life at Agincourt Reef.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Port Douglas road trip planner .

Do a combination of flight and shuttle from Port Macquarie to Port Douglas in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Port Macquarie in January, expect Port Douglas to be a bit warmer, temps between 37°C and 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) so you can travel to Alice Springs.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Mossman Gorge Centre
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Mossman Gorge Centre ©
Mossman Gorge Centre
Agincourt Reef ©
Agincourt Reef
Port Douglas Boat Hire ©
Port Douglas Boat Hire

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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Sat): look for all kinds of wild species at Alice Springs Desert Park, get all the information you need at Alice Springs School of the Air Visitor Centre, then view the masterpieces at Yubu Napa Art Gallery, and finally get great views at Anzac Hill. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun): identify plant and animal life at Alice Springs Reptile Centre, steep yourself in history at Alice Springs Telegraph Station Historical Reserve, and then take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

For reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Alice Springs visit app .

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 February, expect nights in Alice Springs to be slightly colder, around 24°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 42°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Mandurah.

Things to do in Alice Springs

Parks Wildlife Tours
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Alice Springs Desert Park ©
Alice Springs Desert Park
Alice Springs Reptile Centre ©
Alice Springs Reptile Centre

1
night
Mandurah

Mandurah is a coastal city in Western Australia, situated approximately 72km south of the state capital, Perth. Kick off your visit on the 4th (Mon): take a leisurely stroll along Dolphin Quay, then get interesting insight from Eco BBQ Boats, then get some thrills out on the water with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, and finally take a memorable tour with Tours.

To see photos, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read Mandurah road trip planning app .

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Alice Springs to Mandurah takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Alice Springs to Mandurah, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Alice Springs in February: high temperatures in Mandurah hover around 38°C and lows are around 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Margaret River.

Things to do in Mandurah

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Waterskiing & Jetskiing
Dolphin Quay ©
Dolphin Quay

2
nights
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.
On the 5th (Tue), indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, then explore the fascinating underground world of Jewel Cave, and then enjoy the sea views from Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse. Keep things going the next day: stop by Payet Gallery, Head underground at Lake Cave, then Head underground at Mammoth Cave, and finally indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink.

To see photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Margaret River online tour itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Mandurah to Margaret River takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Port Lincoln.

Things to do in Margaret River

Tours Parks Nature

Side Trips

Augusta, Boranup
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Wine Tours & Tastings
Food Tours
Jewel Cave ©
Jewel Cave

1
night
Port Lincoln

Primarily a marine industry town, Port Lincoln has about as many marina trawlers and grain silos as luxury yachts.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Thu): meet some fierce fish with a shark diving experience. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Fri): identify plant and animal life at Glen Forest Tourist Park and then look for all kinds of wild species at Mikkira Station.

For ratings, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Port Lincoln trip builder tool .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Margaret River to Port Lincoln takes 11 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Margaret River to Port Lincoln, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Kangaroo Island.

Things to do in Port Lincoln

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
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Shark Diving
Mikkira Station ©
Mikkira Station

2
nights
Kangaroo Island

Kangaroo Island ©
Abandoned by Aborigines a few thousand years ago, Kangaroo Island attracts over 140,000 visitors each year.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sat): identify plant and animal life at Little Sahara, look for all kinds of wild species at Raptor Domain, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Seal Bay Conservation Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Flinders Chase National Park.

To find maps, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, use the Kangaroo Island trip planner .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Port Lincoln to Kangaroo Island in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and taxi. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can travel to Stanley.

Things to do in Kangaroo Island

Parks Wildlife Nature
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Little Sahara ©
Little Sahara
Raptor Domain ©
Raptor Domain
Seal Bay Conservation Park ©
Seal Bay Conservation Park

1
day
Stanley

Stanley ©
Stanley is a town on the north-west coast of Tasmania, Australia. On the 11th (Mon), make a trip to Joe Lyons Cottage, look for gifts at Sticks & Stones Shells & Bones, then make a trip to Stanley Heritage Walk, then steep yourself in history at Highfield Historic Site, and finally identify plant and animal life at The Nut State Reserve.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Stanley itinerary builder tool .

Getting from Kangaroo Island to Stanley by combination of taxi, flight, and bus takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus. In February, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park.

Things to do in Stanley

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites
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The Nut State Reserve ©
The Nut State Reserve
Highfield Historic Site ©
Highfield Historic Site
Joe Lyons Cottage ©
Joe Lyons Cottage

2
nights
Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park

Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park ©
A holiday in Cradle Mountain-Lake St.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Tue): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Barn Bluff and then contemplate the waterfront views at Dove Lake Circuit. On the next day, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake St. Clair and then look for all kinds of wild species at Devils @ Cradle.

To see ratings, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park online day trip planner .

Traveling by car from Stanley to Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can drive to Coles Bay.

Things to do in Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Devils @ Cradle ©
Devils @ Cradle
Lake St. Clair ©
Lake St. Clair
Dove Lake Circuit
Dove Lake Circuit

1
night
Coles Bay

Overlooking one of Tasmania's most scenic strips of coastline and serving as the gateway to Freycinet National Park, Coles Bay is home to just 500 permanent residents.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Thu): get interesting insight from Tours, then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and then trek along Wineglass Bay Lookout.

For more things to do, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read Coles Bay trip itinerary site .

Getting from Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park to Coles Bay by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car, bus, and taxi; or do a combination of car and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to drive to Hobart.

Things to do in Coles Bay

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Nature & Wildlife Tours
Find places to stay Feb 13 — 14:
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Wineglass Bay Lookout ©
Wineglass Bay Lookout

3
nights
Hobart

Snaking up the side of a rounded, tree-dotted hill, Hobart sits between Tasmania’s sprawling mountains and the vast estuary of the River Derwent.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Fri): steep yourself in history at Hobart Convict Penitentiary, look for all kinds of wild species at Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary, then take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens, then get curious at Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, and finally head off the coast to Macquarie Island. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Sat): indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour.

To see reviews, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read Hobart trip planner .

You can drive from Coles Bay to Hobart in 2.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and bus. In February, daily temperatures in Hobart can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Hobart

Tours Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Macquarie Island
Find places to stay Feb 14 — 17:
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Food Tours
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary
Macquarie Island ©
Macquarie Island

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