18 days in Australia Itinerary

18 days in Australia Itinerary

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18 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Milan
Fly:  25​h
1
Adelaide
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h 30​min
2
Kangaroo Island
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
3
Melbourne
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
4
Sydney
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
5
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
6
Cairns
— Few hours
bus:  30​min
7
Palm Cove
— 4 nights
Fly:  29​h
End: Milan

1
night
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 13th (Tue): awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Wed): take in nature's colorful creations at Adelaide Botanic Garden, explore the world behind art at Art Gallery of South Australia, then contemplate the long history of Adelaide Oval, and finally browse the eclectic array of goods at Adelaide Central Market.

For maps, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Adelaide visit website .

Milan, Italy to Adelaide is an approximately 25-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight, taxi, ferry, and bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone changes from Central European Time to Australian Central Standard Time (South Australia), which is usually an 8 hour difference. Traveling from Milan in August, expect Adelaide to be colder, temps between 18°C and 8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to travel to Kangaroo Island.

Things to do in Adelaide

Tours Parks Historic Sites
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Wine Tours & Tastings
Art Gallery of South Australia ©
Art Gallery of South Australia
Adelaide Botanic Garden ©
Adelaide Botanic Garden

2
nights
Kangaroo Island

Kangaroo Island ©
Abandoned by Aborigines a few thousand years ago, Kangaroo Island attracts over 140,000 visitors each year.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Thu): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Flinders Chase National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Fri): get to know the resident critters at Kangaroo Island Wildlife Park and then explore the striking landscape at Admirals Arch.

To see reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read Kangaroo Island online trip planner .

Fly from Adelaide to Kangaroo Island in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Kangaroo Island

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Flinders Chase National Park ©
Flinders Chase National Park
Admirals Arch ©
Admirals Arch
Kangaroo Island Wildlife Park ©
Kangaroo Island Wildlife Park

3
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sat): get to know the resident critters at Melbourne Zoo, then enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck 88, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Sun): explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Victoria, then examine the collection at Melbourne Museum, and then get your game on at Zero Latency.

To see reviews, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read Melbourne holiday builder .

Traveling by flight from Kangaroo Island to Melbourne takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and car. In August, daily temperatures in Melbourne can reach 16°C, while at night they dip to 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Mon) to allow time for travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Museums Zoos & Aquariums
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Zero Latency ©
Zero Latency
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum

2
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.
On the 19th (Mon), make a trip to Mrs Macquarie's Chair. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, then don't miss a visit to Sydney Opera House, then take in the views from Sydney Harbour Bridge, and finally take a stroll through The Rocks.

For more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Sydney trip planner.

You can fly from Melbourne to Sydney in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Traveling from Melbourne in August, things will get somewhat warmer in Sydney: highs are around 22°C and lows about 11°C. On the 21st (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Trails Outdoors
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge

3
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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): take in the awesome beauty at Kata Tjuta, get your bearings at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, and then explore the striking landscape at Uluru. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri): hike along Kuniya Walk, go for a walk through Lungkata Walk, and then admire the verdant scenery at Valley of the Winds.

To see other places to visit, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park visit planner.

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. When traveling from Sydney in August, plan for a bit warmer days in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, with highs around 27°C, while nights are slightly colder with lows around 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Trails
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Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga ©
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga
Lungkata Walk ©
Lungkata Walk

few
hours
Cairns

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.
To find more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Cairns tour planner.

Traveling by flight from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Cairns takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in August, you will find days in Cairns are a bit warmer (31°C), and nights are much warmer (20°C). On the 24th (Sat), you're off toPalm Cove.

Things to do in Cairns

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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4
nights
Palm Cove

Palm Cove ©
A small community of about 1,200 people, Palm Cove sits beside the clear blue waters of the South Pacific.
Venture out of the city with trips to Mareeba (Jaques Coffee Plantation & Granite Gorge Nature Park) and Kuranda (Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, Birdworld Kuranda, & more). There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, take some stellar pictures from Rex Lookout, tour the pleasant surroundings at Palm Cove Beach, and explore and take pictures at Earl Hill.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Palm Cove trip itinerary planner .

Palm Cove is just a stone's throw from Cairns. In August in Palm Cove, expect temperatures between 31°C during the day and 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Palm Cove

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Kuranda, Trinity Beach, Mareeba, Rex Lookout
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Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach
Earl Hill ©
Earl Hill

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