20 days in Australia Itinerary

20 days in Australia Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Riyadh
Fly:  17 h 15 min
1
Sydney
— 5 nights
Fly + Shuttle:  6 h
2
Cairns
— 2 nights
Bus:  1 h 15 min
3
Port Douglas
— 3 nights
Shuttle + Fly:  5 h 45 min
4
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 2 nights
Fly + Train:  7 h 45 min
5
Katoomba
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 45 min
6
Canberra
— 1 night
Fly:  3 h 30 min
7
Melbourne
— 2 nights
Fly:  17 h
End: Riyadh

5
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.
Do your shopping at Sydney Fish Market and Billich Gallery. You'll explore and learn at Australian National Maritime Museum and Art Gallery of New South Wales. The adventure continues: see a show at Sydney Opera House, see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, wander the streets of Darling Harbour, and admire the masterpieces at Australian Centre for Photography.

To find where to stay, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Sydney trip planner.

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia to Sydney is an approximately 17.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight, bus, and train. Traveling from Riyadh to Sydney, you'll lose 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for much colder weather when traveling from Riyadh in August: high temperatures in Sydney hover around 22°C and lows are around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach

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.
For shopping fun, head to Village Gallery or Doongal Aboriginal Art Gallery Cairns. Museum-lovers will appreciate Underart Gallery and The Australian Armour & Artillery Museum. Step out of Cairns with an excursion to Palm Cove Beach in Palm Cove--about 32 minutes away. There's much more to do: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, and make a trip to Regency Jewellers Pty Ltd.

For where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Cairns trip website.

You can do a combination of flight and shuttle from Sydney to Cairns in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Sydney in August, with highs in Cairns at 31°C and lows at 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a bus to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Palm Cove
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach

3
nights
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.
Daintree Entomological museum and Floravilla Ice Cream Factory will appeal to museum buffs. Head to Sunday Market Port Douglas and Ngarru Galleryfor some retail therapy. When in Port Douglas, make a side trip to see Daintree Discovery Centre in Cow Bay, approximately Cow Bay away. There's still lots to do: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, look for all kinds of wild species at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, get to know the resident critters at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, and stop by With Sugar.

To see photos, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Port Douglas trip itinerary planner.

You can take a bus from Cairns to Port Douglas in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In August, daytime highs in Port Douglas are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Floravilla Ice Cream Factory, Daintree Discovery Centre, Daintree Entomological museum, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

2
nights
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Wed): hike along Kuniya Walk, explore the galleries of Walkatjara Art, take an in-depth tour of Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Uluru Hiking Path, and finally take in the awesome beauty at Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu): take in the dramatic natural features at Uluru.

To see ratings, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read our Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park vacation planning tool.

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Port Douglas to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 6 hours. Another option is to drive. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) to Australian Central Standard Time (ACST) is minus 0.5 hours. While traveling from Port Douglas, expect little chillier days and much colder nights in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, ranging from highs of 27°C to lows of 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Katoomba.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Trails
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Kuniya Walk ©
Kuniya Walk
Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre ©
Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre
Walkatjara Art ©
Walkatjara Art

2
nights
Katoomba

Katoomba ©
Located off of the Great Western Highway, Katoomba is the main hub of the City of Blue Mountains.
On the 23rd (Fri), take in the awesome beauty at Blue Mountains, take in the exciting artwork at Blue Mountains Cultural Centre, then browse the exhibits of Lost Bear Gallery, and finally pick up a one of a kind souvenir at Katoomba Antique Centre. On the 24th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the exciting artwork at Gallery One88, stop by Blue Mountains Chocolate Company, then scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Wentworth Falls.

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Do a combination of flight and train from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Katoomba in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. The time zone difference moving from Australian Central Standard Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time is 0.5 hours. When traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in August, plan for a bit cooler days in Katoomba, with highs around 22°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to drive to Canberra.

Things to do in Katoomba

Shopping Museums Outdoors

Side Trip

Wentworth Falls
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Lost Bear Gallery ©
Lost Bear Gallery
Katoomba Antique Centre ©
Katoomba Antique Centre
Blue Mountains Cultural Centre ©
Blue Mountains Cultural Centre

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sun): admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Australia, look for all kinds of wild species at Floriade, then take an in-depth tour of Australian War Memorial, and finally look for gifts at Trove Canberra.

To see maps, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Canberra trip itinerary planning site.

Traveling by car from Katoomba to Canberra takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train and bus. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Katoomba in August: high temperatures in Canberra hover around 15°C and lows are around 0°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Canberra

Museums Wildlife Parks
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Australian War Memorial ©
Australian War Memorial
National Gallery of Australia ©
National Gallery of Australia
Trove Canberra ©
Trove Canberra

2
nights
Melbourne

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Mon): take a stroll through Melbourne Central, then examine the collection at Melbourne Museum, and then get a taste of the local shopping with Federation Square. On the 27th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a memorable tour with Tours.

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You can fly from Canberra to Melbourne in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Canberra in August, plan for a bit warmer nights in Melbourne, with lows around 6°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum
Melbourne Central ©
Melbourne Central

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