20 days in Australia Itinerary

20 days in Australia Itinerary

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20 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Riyadh
Fly:  17​h 15​min
1
Sydney
— 5 nights
Fly:  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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Australian National Maritime Museum and Billich Gallery. Head to Sydney Fish Market and Queen Victoria Buildingfor some retail therapy. The adventure continues: make a trip to Sydney Opera House, take a stroll through Darling Harbour, explore the world behind art at Art Gallery of New South Wales, and appreciate the extensive heritage of The Rocks.

To find ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read Sydney trip itinerary maker tool .

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia to Sydney is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. You'll lose 7 hours traveling from Riyadh to Sydney due to the time zone difference. Expect much colder temperatures when traveling from Riyadh in August; daily highs in Sydney reach 22°C and lows reach 11°C. Finish up 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
Darling Harbour ©
Darling Harbour

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.
Let the collections at Village Gallery and The Australian Armour & Artillery Museum capture your imagination. Head to Underart Gallery and Doongal Aboriginal Art Gallery Cairnsfor some retail therapy. Take a break from Cairns with a short trip to Palm Cove Beach in Palm Cove, about 32 minutes away. There's lots more to do: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, and make a trip to Regency Jewellers Pty Ltd.

For more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Cairns road trip website .

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Cairns takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Sydney in August; daily highs in Cairns reach 31°C and lows reach 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to catcht the 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 Discovery Centre and Studio 49 Artisan Gallery will appeal to museum buffs. Shop till you drop at Sunday Market Port Douglas and Floravilla Ice Cream Factory. Step out of Port Douglas to go to Diwan and see Daintree Entomological museum, which is approximately 1h 15 min away. Next up on the itinerary: take a memorable tour with Tours, stop by With Sugar, identify plant and animal life at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, and take in the exciting artwork at Ngarru Gallery.

To see traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Port Douglas trip planner .

Traveling by bus from Cairns to Port Douglas takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In August, daily temperatures in Port Douglas can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Parks Tours

Side Trips

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, Floravilla Ice Cream Factory, Daintree Discovery Centre, Daintree Entomological museum
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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 ©
For quintessential Outback scenery and culture, you can't beat a holiday in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, a World Heritage Site.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Wed): trek along Kuniya Walk, take in the exciting artwork at Walkatjara Art, then get answers to all your questions at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, then hike along Uluru Hiking Path, and finally take in the awesome beauty at Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga. On the next day, don't miss a visit to Uluru and then explore the striking landscape at Uluru.

To see maps, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park attractions planner.

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Port Douglas to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Port Douglas in August, expect nights in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to be much colder, around 6°C, while days are little chillier, around 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Thu) to allow time for 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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Blue Mountains, view the masterpieces at Blue Mountains Cultural Centre, then view the masterpieces at Lost Bear Gallery, and finally browse the exhibits of Katoomba Antique Centre. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: browse the exhibits of Gallery One88, stop by Blue Mountains Chocolate Company, then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, and finally admire the sheer force of Wentworth Falls.

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Getting from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Katoomba by combination of flight and train takes about 8 hours. Other options: drive. While traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Katoomba, ranging from highs of 22°C to lows of 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Canberra.

Things to do in Katoomba

Shopping Museums Tours

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): explore the world behind art 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.

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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. Traveling from Katoomba in August, things will get a bit cooler in Canberra: highs are around 15°C and lows about 0°C. Finish 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
Floriade ©
Floriade

2
nights
Melbourne

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
On the 26th (Mon), shop like a local with Melbourne Central, then examine the collection at Melbourne Museum, and then get into the urban bustle at Federation Square. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Tue): get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

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Fly from Canberra to Melbourne in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Canberra in August, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Melbourne, with lows around 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

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

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