18 days in Australia Itinerary

18 days in Australia Itinerary

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18 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Indore
Fly:  23​h 30​min
1
Cairns
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 15​min
2
Gold Coast
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Sydney
— 5 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
4
Kangaroo Island
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 15​min
5
Melbourne
— 5 nights
Fly:  18​h 45​min
End: Indore

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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Tue): take a leisurely stroll along The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk and then hike along Esplanade Boardwalk. Keep things going the next day: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Cairns trip maker tool .

Indore, India to Cairns is an approximately 23.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from India Standard Time (IST) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) (AEST), which is usually a 4 hour difference. Traveling from Indore in April, you will find days in Cairns are slightly colder (34°C), and nights are about the same (26°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) so you can travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk

2
nights
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.
Take a break from Gold Coast with a short trip to Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary in Brisbane, about 1h 30 min away. There's still lots to do: get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Sea World Theme Park, get some thrills out on the water with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, find something for the whole family at Infinity Attraction, and enjoy the sand and surf at Surfers Paradise Beach.

For ratings, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read Gold Coast tour planning site .

You can fly from Cairns to Gold Coast in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Cairns in April, with highs in Gold Coast at 30°C and lows at 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Theme Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
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Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Sea World Theme Park ©
Sea World Theme Park
Warner Bros. Movie World
Warner Bros. Movie World

5
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, admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, snap pictures at Sydney Harbour Bridge, and take a stroll through Darling Harbour.

To see traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Sydney day trip planning app .

Getting from Gold Coast to Sydney by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or drive. When traveling from Gold Coast in April, plan for a bit cooler days in Sydney, with highs around 26°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can travel to Kangaroo Island.

Things to do in Sydney

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

1
night
Kangaroo Island

Kangaroo Island ©
Abandoned by Aborigines a few thousand years ago, Kangaroo Island attracts over 140,000 visitors each year.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Fri): look for all kinds of wild species at Flinders Chase National Park.

For traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Kangaroo Island travel route planning website .

Getting from Sydney to Kangaroo Island by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, bus, ferry, and taxi. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Kangaroo Island

Nature Wildlife Parks
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Flinders Chase National Park ©
Flinders Chase National Park

5
nights
Melbourne

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Dedicate the 16th (Tue) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's lots more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck 88, examine the collection at Melbourne Museum, and enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour.

For ratings, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, use the Melbourne trip planner .

You can fly from Kangaroo Island to Melbourne in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and car. In April, daytime highs in Melbourne are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

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

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