18 days in Australia Itinerary

18 days in Australia Itinerary

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18 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Dusseldorf
Fly:  23​h 30​min
Sydney
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Katoomba
— 2 nights
train + Fly:  5​h 45​min
Alice Springs
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  1​h 30​min
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
Cairns
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
Port Douglas
— Few hours
shuttle + Fly:  29​h
End: Dusseldorf

6
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.
Sydney is known for nightlife, trails, beaches, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see a show at Sydney Opera House, kick back and relax at Manly Beach, admire the natural beauty at The Royal Botanic Garden, and take a stroll through Darling Harbour.

To find reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Sydney day trip planning app .

Dusseldorf, Germany to Sydney is an approximately 23.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Dusseldorf to Sydney, you'll lose 9 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for much warmer temperatures traveling from Dusseldorf in February, with highs in Sydney at 31°C and lows at 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to drive to Katoomba.

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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge

2
nights
Katoomba

Katoomba ©
Located off of the Great Western Highway, Katoomba is the main hub of the City of Blue Mountains.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Sun): make a trip to Gallery Blackheath, get great views at The Three Sisters, stop by The Nook, then savor the flavors at Josophan's Fine Chocolate, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Wentworth Falls. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Mon): take some stellar pictures from Govetts Leap, don't miss a visit to Leura Cascades, then take in nature's colorful creations at Everglades Historic House and Gardens, and finally get to know the fascinating history of The National Pass.

To find photos, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Katoomba trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Sydney to Katoomba in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In February, daytime highs in Katoomba are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Alice Springs.

Things to do in Katoomba

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Trails

Side Trips

Leura, Blackheath, The National Pass
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Wentworth Falls ©
Wentworth Falls
The Three Sisters ©
The Three Sisters
The National Pass ©
The National Pass

1
night
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 19th (Tue): look for gifts at Tjanpi Desert Weavers and then look for all kinds of wild species at The Kangaroo Sanctuary.

For ratings, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Alice Springs online road trip planner .

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Katoomba to Alice Springs takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from Katoomba in February, you will find days in Alice Springs are somewhat warmer (42°C), and nights are about the same (24°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

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The Kangaroo Sanctuary ©
The Kangaroo Sanctuary
Tjanpi Desert Weavers ©
Tjanpi Desert Weavers

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.
On the 20th (Wed), trek along Uluru Hiking Path, then take in the exciting artwork at Walkatjara Art, then explore the striking landscape at Uluru, and finally hike along Kuniya Walk. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Thu): get engrossed in the history at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, then take in the awesome beauty at Kata Tjuta, and then head outdoors with Walpa Gorge.

To find reviews, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip itinerary planning app .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Alice Springs to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 1.5 hours. Another option is to drive. In February, plan for daily highs up to 43°C, and evening lows to 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) so you can travel to Cairns.

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Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta ©
Kata Tjuta
Walkatjara Art ©
Walkatjara Art

4
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cairns: Palm Cove (Hartley's Crocodile Adventures & Palm Cove Beach). Spend the 23rd (Sat) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Next up on the itinerary: trek along Esplanade Boardwalk, admire the natural beauty at Botanical Gardens, pause for some serene contemplation at St Monica's Cathedral, and have fun at Esplanade Lagoon Pool.

For traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Cairns vacation maker .

You can fly from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Cairns in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. When traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in February, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Cairns: temperatures range from 36°C by day to 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Wildlife

Side Trip

Palm Cove
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk

few
hours
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 26th (Tue): take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see more things to do, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, use the Port Douglas tour planner.

Drive from Cairns to Port Douglas in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in February, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Port Douglas

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