18 days in Australia Itinerary

18 days in Australia Itinerary

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18 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Sydney
1
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Melbourne
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
3
Perth
— 1 night
+2
Fly + foot + bus:  11​h 30​min
4
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)
— 2 nights
+3
bus + foot + Fly + shuttle:  11​h 15​min
5
Port Douglas
— 1 night
bus:  1​h 15​min
6
Cairns
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
7
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
End: Sydney

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, pause for some photo ops at Mrs Macquarie's Chair, stroll through Manly Beach, and snap pictures at Sydney Harbour Bridge.

To find maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Sydney trip site .

The Route module can give you travel options from your home to Sydney. August in Sydney sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

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

3
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Melbourne

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, parks, shopping, zoos & aquariums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, examine the collection at Melbourne Museum, take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck 88, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Melbourne Zoo.

For ratings, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Melbourne trip itinerary maker website .

You can fly from Sydney to Melbourne in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In August, Melbourne is slightly colder than Sydney - with highs of 16°C and lows of 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Perth.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums Parks Historic Sites
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Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo

1
night
Perth

Perth ©
A modern metropolis of glassy skyscrapers, waterside boulevards, and lush residential neighborhoods, Perth sits on the edge of the Swan Coastal Plain.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Tue): contemplate the waterfront views at Swan River, steep yourself in history at The Perth Mint, and then admire the natural beauty at Kings Park & Botanic Garden.

For maps, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Perth trip maker app .

You can fly from Melbourne to Perth in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. The time zone difference when traveling from Melbourne to Perth is minus 2 hours. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Melbourne in August: highs in Perth hover around 22°C, while lows dip to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to travel to Jabiru.

Things to do in Perth

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Kings Park and Botanic Garden ©
Kings Park and Botanic Garden
Swan River ©
Swan River
The Perth Mint ©
The Perth Mint

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nights
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) ©
Jabiru is a town in the Northern Territory of Australia. Jabiru is known for nature, wildlife, outdoors, and trails. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: delve into the distant past at Ubirr, contemplate the long history of Nourlangie Rock, admire the sheer force of Jim Jim Falls, and identify plant and animal life at Cahills Crossing.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Jabiru online trip itinerary builder .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Perth to Jabiru in 11.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Perth to Jabiru is 1 hour. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Kakadu National Park
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Maguk Gorge ©
Maguk Gorge
Ubirr ©
Ubirr
Jim Jim Falls ©
Jim Jim Falls

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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Sat): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On the 19th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take an exotic tour of a safari tour.

To find where to stay, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read Port Douglas online travel planner .

You can do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle from Jabiru to Port Douglas in 11.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car, flight, and shuttle; or drive. In August, daytime highs in Port Douglas are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris

3
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Cairns: Palm Cove (Hartley's Crocodile Adventures & Palm Cove Beach). Spend the 20th (Mon) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. And it doesn't end there: choose your vessel at Shaolin Junk Cruises, hike along Esplanade Boardwalk, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Monica's Cathedral.

For ratings, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Cairns trip itinerary maker tool .

Getting from Port Douglas to Cairns by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. In August, daily temperatures in Cairns can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Shaolin Junk Cruises
Find places to stay Aug 19 — 22:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Shaolin Junk Cruises ©
Shaolin Junk Cruises

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): stroll through Uluru Hiking Path, get engrossed in the history at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, then take in the exciting artwork at Walkatjara Art, then take in the dramatic natural features at Uluru, and finally hike along Kuniya Walk. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Fri): take in the dramatic natural features at Kata Tjuta and then head outdoors with Walpa Gorge.

To find other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park road trip app .

Fly from Cairns to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. While traveling from Cairns, expect slightly colder days and colder nights in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, ranging from highs of 27°C to lows of 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature
Find places to stay Aug 22 — 24:
Highlights from your plan
Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga ©
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga
Uluru Hiking Path ©
Uluru Hiking Path

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