20 days in Australia Itinerary

20 days in Australia Itinerary

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Leura
— 1 night
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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
— 4 nights
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Mooloolaba
— 3 nights
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Leura — 1 night

Leura is a suburb in the City of Blue Mountains local government area that is located west of the Sydney central business district in New South Wales, Australia. Start off your visit on the 15th (Thu): take in the exciting artwork at Gallery ONE88 Fine Arts, view the masterpieces at Lost Bear Gallery, then view the masterpieces at Blue Mountains Cultural Centre, and finally get great views at The Three Sisters. On the 16th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: hike along The National Pass, then view the masterpieces at Falls Gallery, then stop by Teddy Sinclair, and finally browse the different shops at Leura Mall.

For ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Leura itinerary planner.

Sydney to Leura is an approximately 2-hour car ride. You can also take a train; or take a bus. December in Leura sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to drive to Sydney.
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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.
We've included these beaches for you: Bondi Beach and Clovelly Beach. Sydney Opera House and The Rocks are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's much more to do: take a stroll through Darling Harbour, explore the galleries of ATTY Gallery, don't miss a visit to Hyde Park Barracks, and explore the world behind art at Art Gallery of New South Wales.

To see more things to do, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Sydney online vacation planner.

Drive from Leura to Sydney in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can catch the flight to Melbourne.
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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.
Melbourne Museum and Wine Compass are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Head to Federation Square and SpellBoxfor some retail therapy. Step out of Melbourne to go to Mornington and see Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery, which is approximately 58 minutes away. There's much more to do: explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Victoria, wander the streets of Melbourne Central, examine the collection at Scienceworks, and take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Melbourne trip tool.

Fly from Sydney to Melbourne in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Melbourne when traveling from Sydney in December, with lows around 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to fly to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.
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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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre and Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga. Take a break from the city and head to Uluru and Lungkata Walk. The adventure continues: get a dose of the wild on Uluru Astro Tour, go for a walk through Mala Walk, make a trip to Field of Light, and hike along Kuniya Walk.

To find photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. You'll gain 0.5 hours traveling from Melbourne to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park due to the time zone difference. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Melbourne in December: high temperatures in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park hover around 42°C and lows are around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Port Douglas.
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Port Douglas — 4 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.
You'll explore and learn at Daintree Discovery Centre and Daintree Entomological museum. Get outdoors at Scuba & Snorkeling and Hartley's Crocodile Adventures. Take a break from Port Douglas with a short trip to Trinity Beach in Trinity Beach, about 50 minutes away. There's much more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, do a tasting at Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery, see the vivid underwater world at Opal Reef, and get to know the resident critters at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas.

For ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read Port Douglas itinerary planning website.

Traveling by flight from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Port Douglas takes 4.5 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 slightly colder weather when traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in December: highs in Port Douglas hover around 36°C, while lows dip to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Mooloolaba.
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Mooloolaba — 3 nights

Once just a small port at the mouth of Mooloolah River, Mooloolaba is now a hotbed of tourism and a place more than worth adding to your Sunshine Coast itinerary.
For shopping fun, head to Witta Store & Goodies or Tina Cooper Gallery. Appreciate the collections at Ben Messina Landscapes Gallery and Seaview Art Gallery. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Mooloolaba: Montville Art Gallery (in Montville), Tina Cooper Gallery (in Eumundi) and Lost Treasure Shop (in Balmoral Ridge). There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Mooloolaba Beach, browse the different shops at Maroochydore, Sunshine Plaza, tour the pleasant surroundings at Bulcock Beach, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Fishermans Road Market.

For more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Mooloolaba route builder app.

You can fly from Port Douglas to Mooloolaba in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Port Douglas in December, expect Mooloolaba to be little chillier, temps between 32°C and 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to fly back home.
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Australia travel guide

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Beaches · Wildlife Areas · Gardens
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.
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