18 days in Australia Itinerary

18 days in Australia Itinerary

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18 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Glasgow
Fly:  26​h
1
Cairns
— 1 night
bus:  1​h 15​min
2
Port Douglas
— 1 night
shuttle + Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Hamilton Island
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 15​min
4
Brisbane
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
5
Gold Coast
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 30​min
6
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
7
Melbourne
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
8
Torquay
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
9
Cowes
— 1 night
Fly:  30​h
End: Glasgow

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Mon): get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports. On the next day, have fun at Esplanade Lagoon Pool, hike along Esplanade Boardwalk, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Gardens.

To find ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Cairns online vacation maker .

Glasgow, UK to Cairns is an approximately 26-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) (AEST), which is usually a 10 hour difference. Expect warmer temperatures when traveling from Glasgow in April; daily highs in Cairns reach 34°C and lows reach 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk
Esplanade Lagoon Pool ©
Esplanade Lagoon Pool

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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Wed): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For where to stay, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Port Douglas holiday planner.

Getting from Cairns to Port Douglas by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a shuttle. April in Port Douglas sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 25°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to travel to Hamilton Island.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Tours Wildlife Outdoors
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Scuba & Snorkeling

1
night
Hamilton Island

A trip to Hamilton Island takes you to a car-free destination mostly covered in bushland.
On the 18th (Thu), discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find maps, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Hamilton Island trip itinerary builder tool .

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Port Douglas to Hamilton Island takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. Traveling from Port Douglas in April, you will find days in Hamilton Island are little chillier (31°C), and nights are about the same (26°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Hamilton Island

Tours Wildlife Outdoors
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Scuba & Snorkeling

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Fri): stroll around Roma Street Parkland and then get your game on at South Bank Parklands. On your second day here, take some stellar pictures from Mount Coot-tha Lookout and then identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary.

To find reviews, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, use the Brisbane trip website .

You can fly from Hamilton Island to Brisbane in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, bus, and train; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Expect slightly colder evenings in Brisbane when traveling from Hamilton Island in April, with lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to drive to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Fun & Games Wildlife
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South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Mount Coot-tha Lookout ©
Mount Coot-tha Lookout

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sun): observe the fascinating underwater world at Sea World Theme Park.

For where to stay, photos, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Gold Coast trip app .

Traveling by car from Brisbane to Gold Coast takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In April, daytime highs in Gold Coast are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Zoos & Aquariums Theme Parks Parks
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Sea World Theme Park ©
Sea World Theme Park

3
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, see the interesting displays at Australian National Maritime Museum, appreciate the extensive heritage of The Rocks, and stroll around Watt Park.

To find maps, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Sydney trip planning website .

Traveling by flight from Gold Coast to Sydney takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. While traveling from Gold Coast, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Sydney, ranging from highs of 26°C to lows of 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney ©
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney

3
nights
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, shopping, parks, nightlife, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: walk around Royal Botanic Gardens, browse the collection at State Library of Victoria, don't miss a visit to Flinders Street Station, and get to know the resident critters at Melbourne Zoo.

To see ratings, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Melbourne tour itinerary builder .

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Melbourne takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Sydney in April: high temperatures in Melbourne hover around 23°C and lows are around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Torquay.

Things to do in Melbourne

Outdoors Museums Tours
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Balloon Rides
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo

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night
Torquay

Torquay ©
Set against the stark but scenic coastline of the Bass Strait--the body of water separating Victoria and Tasmania--Torquay is a prime location for surfing and beach life in general.
On the 28th (Sun), cruise along The Great Ocean Road.

For reviews, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read our Torquay trip itinerary maker website .

Drive from Melbourne to Torquay in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Torquay can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) so you can travel to Cowes.

Things to do in Torquay

Scenic Drive Outdoors
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The Great Ocean Road ©
The Great Ocean Road

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night
Cowes

Cowes ©
Resting on the northern coast of Philip Island, Cowes is sandwiched between a coast and a forest.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Mon): identify plant and animal life at Phillip Island Wildlife Park, tour the pleasant surroundings at The Nobbies Centre, head off the coast to Koala Conservation Centre, then brush up on your military savvy at National Vietnam Veterans Museum, and finally take a leisurely stroll along Rhyll Jetty.

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Traveling by combination of ferry and car from Torquay to Cowes takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of train and taxi. In April, daily temperatures in Cowes can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cowes

Parks Wildlife Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

National Vietnam Veterans Museum, The Nobbies Centre, Rhyll Jetty
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Koala Conservation Centre ©
Koala Conservation Centre
The Nobbies Centre ©
The Nobbies Centre
National Vietnam Veterans Museum ©
National Vietnam Veterans Museum

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