18 days in Australia Itinerary

18 days in Australia Itinerary

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18 days in Australia Itinerary

Denarau Island, Viti Levu
Fly:  5​h
Sydney
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
Melbourne
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
Adelaide
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h
Cairns
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h
Brisbane
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h
Denarau Island, Viti Levu

5
days
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, stroll through Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, enjoy the sand and surf at Bondi Beach, and wander the streets of The Rocks.

To find more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read our Sydney day trip planning website .

Denarau Island, Fiji to Sydney is an approximately 5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Denarau Island to Sydney. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Denarau Island in November; daily highs in Sydney reach 29°C and lows reach 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Melbourne.

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#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©

4
days
Melbourne

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Dedicate the 7th (Fri) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. The adventure continues: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck 88, explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Victoria, and browse the collection at State Library of Victoria.

For more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Melbourne trip builder app .

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Melbourne takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Sydney in December since evenings lows in Melbourne dip to 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can travel to Adelaide.

Things to do in Melbourne

#Tours, #Parks, #Museums
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Wine Tours & Tastings
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo

1
day
Adelaide

Adelaide ©
Adelaide exists contentedly as a cultured, diverse, and attractive city with a laid-back center, leafy residential districts, and an underlying cosmopolitan atmosphere.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sat): admire the natural beauty at Adelaide Botanic Garden, get a new perspective on nature at South Australian Museum, then take an in-depth tour of Migration Museum, and finally don't miss a visit to Adelaide Oval.

To see ratings, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Adelaide day trip site .

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Adelaide takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can travel to Cairns.

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#Museums, #Parks, #Historic Sites
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South Australian Museum ©
South Australian Museum
Adelaide Botanic Garden
Adelaide Botanic Garden
Migration Museum
Migration Museum

4
days
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 Cairns' surroundings by going to Palm Cove (Hartley's Crocodile Adventures & Palm Cove Beach) and Port Douglas (Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas & Safaris). Spend the 9th (Sun) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Esplanade Boardwalk and take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Monica's Cathedral.

For maps, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Cairns online trip itinerary maker .

You can fly from Adelaide to Cairns in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Adelaide in December; daily highs in Cairns reach 36°C and lows reach 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Cairns

#Outdoors, #Wildlife, #Tours

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Port Douglas
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Safaris

4
days
Brisbane

Brisbane ©
Queensland’s biggest town and state capital, Brisbane has an attractive, manicured image based around its riverside aesthetic as well as the contrast between its high-rise center and extensive urban greenery.
Step out of Brisbane to go to Main Beach and see Sea World Theme Park, which is approximately 1h 30 min away. There's much more to do: get your game on at South Bank Parklands, take in nature's colorful creations at City Botanic Gardens, look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, and take some stellar pictures from Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt. Coot-tha.

For ratings, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Brisbane road trip planning site .

Traveling by flight from Cairns to Brisbane takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from Cairns in December, things will get a bit cooler in Brisbane: highs are around 32°C and lows about 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Brisbane

#Parks, #Theme Parks, #Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Sea World Theme Park
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South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Sea World Theme Park ©
Sea World Theme Park

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