18 days in Australia Itinerary

18 days in Australia Itinerary

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18 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Muscat
Fly:  16​h 30​min
Sydney
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
Lord Howe Island
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
Gold Coast
— 3 nights
train + Fly:  5​h
Hamilton Island
— 1 night
Fly:  1​h 30​min
Cairns
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
Sydney
— 1 night
Fly:  16​h 30​min
End: Muscat

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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.
Get outdoors at Bondi Beach and Clovelly. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Coogee Beach and Camp Cove. Next up on the itinerary: get to know the fascinating history of The Rocks, don't miss a visit to Sydney Harbour Bridge, see a show at Sydney Opera House, and wander the streets of Darling Harbour.

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Muscat, Oman to Sydney is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 6 hours traveling from Muscat to Sydney. Traveling from Muscat in January, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 23°C in Sydney. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to travel to Lord Howe Island.

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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Manly Beach
Manly Beach

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Lord Howe Island

Lord Howe Island ©
Bursting out of the Tasman Sea, Lord Howe Island offers stunning scenery and many sandy beaches.
On the 24th (Thu), enjoy the sand and surf at Lagoon Beach and then enjoy the sand and surf at Ned's Beach. On the 25th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt Gower and then trek along Lord Howe Island Walking Trails.

For other places to visit, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read Lord Howe Island trip itinerary maker .

Fly from Sydney to Lord Howe Island in 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to travel to Gold Coast.

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Ned's Beach ©
Ned's Beach
Lord Howe Island Walking Trails ©
Lord Howe Island Walking Trails
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Mt Gower

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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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Surfer's Paradise Beach and then examine the collection at Ripley's Believe It Or Not! Surfers Paradise. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: identify plant and animal life at David Fleay Wildlife Park, enjoy the sand and surf at Coolangatta Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Burleigh Head National Park.

To find where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Gold Coast trip planner.

Explore your travel options from Lord Howe Island to Gold Coast with the Route module. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in January, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) so you can travel to Hamilton Island.

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Surfer's Paradise Beach
Surfer's Paradise Beach
Coolangatta Beach ©
Coolangatta Beach
Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park

1
night
Hamilton Island

A trip to Hamilton Island takes you to a car-free destination mostly covered in bushland.
On the 28th (Mon), see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Here are some ideas for day two: go for a stroll along the water at Hamilton Island Marina, stroll through Catseye Beach, and then head outdoors with Jetryder.

To find reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Hamilton Island road trip planning app .

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Gold Coast to Hamilton Island takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, bus, and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Traveling from Gold Coast in January, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 28°C in Hamilton Island. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) so you can travel to Cairns.

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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hamilton Island Marina ©
Hamilton Island Marina

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Wed): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On the 31st (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: learn about all things military at The Australian Armour & Artillery Museum, enjoy the sand and surf at Trinity Beach, and then kick back and relax at Palm Cove Beach.

For reviews, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Cairns trip planning website .

You can fly from Hamilton Island to Cairns in 1.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of ferry, bus, and train. January in Cairns sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

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The Australian Armour & Artillery Museum, Palm Cove Beach, Trinity Beach
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Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach

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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.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat): look for all kinds of wild species at Red Desert Reptiles, tour the pleasant surroundings at Uluru Hiking Path, then take in the exciting artwork at Walkatjara Art, then trek along Kuniya Walk, and finally admire all the interesting features of Uluru.

To find reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park online travel planner .

Fly from Cairns to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. When traveling from Cairns in February, plan for somewhat warmer days in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, with highs around 43°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

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Side Trip

Red Desert Reptiles
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Kuniya Walk ©
Kuniya Walk
Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta ©
Kata Tjuta

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night
Sydney

Sydney ©
On the 4th (Mon), see the interesting displays at Australian National Maritime Museum and then stroll through Shelly Beach.

To see maps, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Sydney vacation maker site .

Traveling by flight from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Sydney takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in February, you will find days in Sydney are little chillier (31°C), and nights are about the same (23°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

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Side Trips

Shelly Beach, Featherdale Wildlife Park
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Shelly Beach ©
Shelly Beach
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