18 days in Australia Itinerary

18 days in Australia Itinerary

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18 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Dresden
Fly + shuttle:  30​h
Port Douglas
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
Cairns
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
Alice Springs
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  2​h
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
Melbourne
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
Sydney
— 4 nights
+2
Fly + bus + train:  27​h
End: Dresden

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Sun): take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports. Keep things going the next day: see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour.

To see traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Port Douglas trip planner .

Dresden, Germany to Port Douglas is an approximately 30-hour flight. You'll lose 9 hours traveling from Dresden to Port Douglas due to the time zone difference. Expect warmer temperatures when traveling from Dresden in November; daily highs in Port Douglas reach 36°C and lows reach 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can go by car to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Wildlife
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris

3
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Palm Cove (Hartley's Crocodile Adventures & Palm Cove Beach). Spend the 20th (Tue) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. The adventure continues: trek along Esplanade Boardwalk, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Monica's Cathedral, and get out on two wheels at Trail Bike Adventures.

For reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Cairns trip planning tool .

Getting from Port Douglas to Cairns by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in November, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) so you can travel to Alice Springs.

Things to do in Cairns

#Outdoors, #Wildlife, #Tours

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Palm Cove
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Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk

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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Gillen, look for all kinds of wild species at The Kangaroo Sanctuary, and then identify plant and animal life at Alice Springs Desert Park.

To find where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Alice Springs online vacation builder .

Getting from Cairns to Alice Springs by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Cairns in November, expect nights in Alice Springs to be a bit cooler, around 21°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 40°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) so you can travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

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The Kangaroo Sanctuary ©
The Kangaroo Sanctuary
Alice Springs Desert Park ©
Alice Springs Desert Park
Mount Gillen ©
Mount Gillen

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 24th (Sat): trek along Uluru Hiking Path, then view the masterpieces at Walkatjara Art, then hike along Kuniya Walk, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Uluru. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: head outdoors with Walpa Gorge, then take in the dramatic natural features at Kata Tjuta, and then get engrossed in the history at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre.

To find reviews, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park road trip app .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Alice Springs to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In November, daytime highs in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park are 41°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) so you can travel to Melbourne.

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

2
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Melbourne is known for museums, parks, shopping, zoos & aquariums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, tour the pleasant surroundings at Melbourne Zoo, make a trip to Flinders Street Station, and get lost in a book at State Library of Victoria.

To find traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Melbourne online route planner .

Traveling by flight from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Melbourne takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in November, you will find days in Melbourne are much colder (26°C), and nights are little chillier (11°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

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National Gallery of Victoria ©
National Gallery of Victoria
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo

4
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, snap pictures at Sydney Harbour Bridge, enjoy the sand and surf at Coogee Beach, and trek along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk.

For ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Sydney route builder tool .

You can fly from Melbourne to Sydney in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Melbourne in November since evenings lows in Sydney dip to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©

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