20 days in Australia Itinerary

20 days in Australia Itinerary

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20 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Drive:  9​h
1
Sydney
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Nelson Bay
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
3
Coffs Harbour
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
4
Gold Coast
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Byron Bay
— Few hours
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  9​h 30​min
6
Fraser Island
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
7
Hervey Bay
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
8
Rockhampton
— 1 night
Drive:  7​h
9
Airlie Beach
— 4 nights
bus:  3​h 45​min
10
Townsville
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
11
Cairns
— 1 night
Drive:  34​h
End: Melbourne


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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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Mon): catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House.

To see traveler tips, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read Sydney tour itinerary planner.

Melbourne to Sydney is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Traveling from Melbourne in May, expect Sydney to be a bit warmer, temps between 24°C and 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can go by car to Nelson Bay.

Things to do in Sydney

Neighborhoods Parks Outdoors
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Darling Harbour ©
Darling Harbour

1
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Nelson Bay

Nelson Bay
Nelson Bay is a suburb of the Port Stephens local government area in the Hunter Region of New South Wales, Australia. To find maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Nelson Bay road trip site .

Traveling by car from Sydney to Nelson Bay takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In May in Nelson Bay, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 11°C at night. On the 22nd (Wed), you're off toCoffs Harbour.

Things to do in Nelson Bay

Outdoors Parks Tours
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Coffs Harbour

Coffs Harbour ©
Nestled between the mountains and the ocean, Coffs Harbour is one of the larger cities in New South Wales.
On the 22nd (Wed), do a tasting at Two Tails Wines, view the masterpieces at Bunker Cartoon Gallery, then grab your bike and head to Coffs Creek Walk and Cycleway, then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and finally identify plant and animal life at Korora Lookout. On your second day here, look for all kinds of wild species at Coffs Harbour Butterfly House, play a few rounds at Bonville Golf Resort, and then do a tasting at Raleigh Vineyard & Winery.

To find reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Coffs Harbour trip maker app .

You can drive from Nelson Bay to Coffs Harbour in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus, train, and flight. In May, daytime highs in Coffs Harbour are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to drive to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Coffs Harbour

Parks Outdoors Golf

Side Trips

Two Tails Wines, Raleigh Vineyard & Winery
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Korora Lookout ©
Korora Lookout
Coffs Harbour Butterfly House ©
Coffs Harbour Butterfly House
Two Tails Wines ©
Two Tails Wines

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Gold Coast

Gold Coast ©
A city of towering skyscrapers, sandy beaches, and tree-lined streets, Gold Coast has an unpretentious air complemented by a citywide focus on sports and the arts.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Fri): explore the striking landscape of Natural Bridge. Here are some ideas for day two: kick back and relax at Kurrawa Beach, then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Burleigh Head National Park, and then stroll through Kirra Beach.

Discover how to plan a Gold Coast trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Getting from Coffs Harbour to Gold Coast by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or fly. In May in Gold Coast, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to take a bus to Byron Bay.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Nature Beaches
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Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park
Kirra Beach ©
Kirra Beach
Kurrawa Beach ©
Kurrawa Beach

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hours
Byron Bay

Byron Bay
Named after Lord Byron's grandfather, Byron Bay is not only famous as the easternmost point of Australia, but even more so as one of the liveliest vacation spots in the country.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Sun): trek along Cape Byron Walking Track and then visit a coastal fixture at Cape Byron Lighthouse.

For reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Byron Bay vacation maker app .

Take a bus from Gold Coast to Byron Bay in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Gold Coast in May, expect little chillier with lows of 12°C in Byron Bay. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Sun) to allow time for travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Byron Bay

Trails Parks Outdoors
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Cape Byron Walking Track
Cape Byron Walking Track
Cape Byron Lighthouse ©
Cape Byron Lighthouse

2
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Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
On the 27th (Mon), stroll through Seventy-Five Mile Beach and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake McKenzie.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Fraser Island trip itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Byron Bay to Fraser Island in 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, ferry, and car; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and car. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to travel to Hervey Bay.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Seventy-Five Mile Beach ©
Seventy-Five Mile Beach
Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie

2
nights
Hervey Bay

With the largest population in the Fraser Coast Region, Hervey Bay is a hub of activity.
On the 28th (Tue), stroll through Burrum Heads Beach and then get engrossed in the history at Palace Backpackers Memorial. On the 29th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, take in the exciting artwork at Ashleigh Manley Art Gallery Homewares & Gifts, and then steep yourself in history at Mary Ann Steam Locomotive.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Hervey Bay online road trip planner .

Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Fraser Island to Hervey Bay takes 4.5 hours. In May in Hervey Bay, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can travel to Rockhampton.

Things to do in Hervey Bay

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Burrum Heads Beach, Palace Backpackers Memorial, Mary Ann Steam Locomotive
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Burrum Heads Beach ©
Burrum Heads Beach

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Rockhampton

Rockhampton ©
With over 300 sunny days every year, Rockhampton plays host to numerous outdoor activities.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Thu): see the interesting displays at Archer Park Rail Museum, identify plant and animal life at Capricorn Caves, and then stroll through Yeppoon Main Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the exciting artwork at Rockhampton Art Gallery and then get outside with Yeppoon Lagoon.

To find traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Rockhampton trip website .

Traveling by train from Hervey Bay to Rockhampton takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In May, daytime highs in Rockhampton are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Rockhampton

Outdoors Museums Parks

Side Trip

Yeppoon
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Yeppoon Main Beach ©
Yeppoon Main Beach
Capricorn Caves ©
Capricorn Caves
Yeppoon Lagoon ©
Yeppoon Lagoon

4
nights
Airlie Beach

Airlie Beach ©
Very much a town with an emphasis on the tropical lifestyle, Airlie Beach offers exotic surroundings with palm trees and charming, sandy beaches.
Relax by the water at Horseshoe Bay and Whitehaven Beach. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Kayaking & Canoeing and Above & Below Photography Gallery. Spend the 1st (Sat) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's still lots to do: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, explore the activities along Heart Reef, and zoom along the surf with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure.

To find reviews, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Airlie Beach journey maker app .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Rockhampton to Airlie Beach in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Rockhampton in May, Airlie Beach is a bit warmer at night with lows of 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can take a bus to Townsville.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Horseshoe Bay
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Horseshoe Bay ©
Horseshoe Bay
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Kayaking & Canoeing

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Townsville

Townsville ©
Tucked snugly beneath a steep, craggy mount--known as Castle Hill--the vibrant city of Townsville is as picturesque as its backdrop.
On the 5th (Wed), contemplate the long history of National Trust Heritage Centre, kick back and relax at The Strand, then head off the coast to Museum of Tropical Queensland, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at St James Cathedral.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Townsville journey planner.

Getting from Airlie Beach to Townsville by bus takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Airlie Beach in June, you will find days in Townsville are a bit warmer (30°C), and nights are slightly colder (18°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Townsville

Parks Nature Beaches
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The Strand ©
The Strand
Museum of Tropical Queensland ©
Museum of Tropical Queensland
National Trust Heritage Centre ©
National Trust Heritage Centre

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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.
On the 6th (Thu), pause for some serene contemplation at St Monica's Cathedral, brush up on your military savvy at The Australian Armour & Artillery Museum, then admire the sheer force of Josephine Falls, then look for gifts at Cairns Art Gallery, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Bones and Jones.

For where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Cairns trip itinerary builder website .

Traveling by flight from Townsville to Cairns takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Townsville in June, Cairns is a bit warmer at night with lows of 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Parks Museums Trails
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Josephine Falls ©
Josephine Falls
St Monica's Cathedral ©
St Monica's Cathedral
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk

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