18 days in Australia Itinerary

18 days in Australia Itinerary

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18 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Chicago
Fly:  22​h 30​min
Melbourne
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h
Cairns
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h
Sydney
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
Newhaven
— 2 nights
Fly:  27​h
End: Chicago

4
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Eastern Beach Reserve and St. Kilda Beach. Your inner history buff will appreciate Shrine of Remembrance and St Mary of the Angels. Venture out of the city with trips to Portsea Back Beach (in Portsea) and Ocean Beach (in Nelson). There's still lots to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, contemplate the long history of Old Melbourne Gaol, take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck 88, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Melbourne Zoo.

For where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Melbourne trip itinerary planning app .

Chicago, USA to Melbourne is an approximately 22.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 16 hours traveling from Chicago to Melbourne. Plan for warmer temperatures traveling from Chicago in February, with highs in Melbourne at 81°F and lows at 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Melbourne

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Beaches

Side Trips

Geelong, Ocean Beach, St. Kilda Beach, Portsea Back Beach
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Eastern Beach Reserve ©
Eastern Beach Reserve
St. Kilda Beach ©
St. Kilda Beach
Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance

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.
Visiting Palm Cove Beach and Hartley's Crocodile Adventures will get you outdoors. Visit Trinity Beach and Four Mile Beach for some beach relaxation. Explore Cairns' surroundings by going to Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery (in Mossman), Jaques Coffee Plantation (in Mareeba) and Historic Village Herberton (in Herberton). Spend the 26th (Tue) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see photos, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Cairns journey planning app .

Getting from Melbourne to Cairns by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Traveling from Melbourne in February, things will get somewhat warmer in Cairns: highs are around 88°F and lows about 75°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Cairns

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Wildlife

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Trinity Beach, Jaques Coffee Plantation, Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery, Four Mile Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach

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.
Visiting Bondi Beach and Shelly Beach will get you outdoors. You'll get in some beach time at Manly Beach and Camp Cove. Step out of Sydney with an excursion to Canyoning & Rappelling Tours in Katoomba--about 1h 40 min away. Next up on the itinerary: see a show at Sydney Opera House, tour the pleasant surroundings at Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, enjoy the sand and surf at Coogee Beach, and wander the streets of Darling Harbour.

For traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Sydney trip planning site .

Getting from Cairns to Sydney by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Cairns in March; daily highs in Sydney reach 79°F and lows reach 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Beaches

Side Trips

Balmoral Beach, Mosman, Shelly Beach, Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
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The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House

2
nights
Newhaven

Newhaven ©
Newhaven is a town in southern Victoria, in the south Gippsland region. Start off your visit on the 6th (Wed): identify plant and animal life at Maru Koala and Animal Park and then look for all kinds of wild species at Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park. On the next day, explore the striking landscape at Pyramid Rock, then relax in the rural setting at Bimbadeen Phillip Island, then kick back and relax at Flynns Beach, and finally admire nature's wide array of creatures at The Nobbies Centre.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Newhaven trip itinerary maker tool .

Explore your travel options from Sydney to Newhaven with the Route module. Traveling from Sydney in March, plan for a bit cooler nights in Newhaven, with lows around 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Newhaven

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Wildlife

Side Trips

Phillip Island, Summerlands, Ventnor, Maru Koala and Animal Park, Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park
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The Nobbies Centre ©
The Nobbies Centre
Churchill Island ©
Churchill Island

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