18 days in Australia Itinerary

18 days in Australia Itinerary

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18 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  25​h
1
Adelaide
— 1 day
2
Melbourne
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Sydney
— 3 nights
4
Brisbane
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
5
Whitsunday Island
— 1 night
Fly + shuttle:  4​h
6
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
7
Cairns
— 3 nights
Fly:  23​h 15​min
End: London

1
day
Adelaide

Adelaide exists contentedly as a cultured, diverse, and attractive city with a laid-back center, leafy residential districts, and an underlying cosmopolitan atmosphere.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Tue): awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area.

To find maps, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Adelaide day trip planner .

London, UK to Adelaide is an approximately 25-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. You'll lose 9 hours traveling from London to Adelaide due to the time zone difference. Expect much warmer weather when traveling from London in December: highs in Adelaide hover around 30°C, while lows dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Adelaide

Tours
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Wine Tours & Tastings

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.
Melbourne is known for museums, parks, shopping, zoos & aquariums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, don't miss a visit to Flinders Street Station, explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Victoria, and take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck 88.

To see more things to do, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Melbourne online route planner .

You can fly from Adelaide to Melbourne in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. December in Melbourne sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 14°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums Parks Outdoors
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Melbourne Boat Hire ©
Melbourne Boat Hire
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo

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: make a trip to Sydney Opera House, enjoy the sand and surf at Coogee Beach, admire the natural beauty at The Royal Botanic Garden, and meet the residents at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium.

To find photos, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read Sydney online travel planner .

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Sydney takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Melbourne in December, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Sydney, with lows around 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Neighborhoods
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk
The Royal Botanic Garden ©
The Royal Botanic Garden

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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Tue): take in nature's colorful creations at Roma Street Parkland and then let little ones run wild at South Bank Parklands. On the 26th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary and then get great views at Mount Coot-tha Lookout.

To see ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Brisbane trip itinerary planning website .

Getting from Sydney to Brisbane by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. December in Brisbane sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 23°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to travel to Whitsunday Island.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Fun & Games Wildlife
Find places to stay Dec 24 — 26:
Highlights from your plan
South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Mount Coot-tha Lookout ©
Mount Coot-tha Lookout

1
night
Whitsunday Island

Whitsunday Island ©
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Thu): explore the activities along Hill Inlet and then enjoy the sand and surf at Whitehaven Beach.

For ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read Whitsunday Island trip itinerary builder app .

Fly from Brisbane to Whitsunday Island in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a train. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Brisbane in December: highs in Whitsunday Island hover around 37°C, while lows dip to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Whitsunday Island

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Find places to stay Dec 26 — 27:
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Hill Inlet ©
Hill Inlet
Whitehaven Beach ©
Whitehaven Beach

2
nights
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.
On the 28th (Fri), discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Sat): take an exotic tour of a safari tour.

Make your Port Douglas itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Whitsunday Island to Port Douglas takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle; or do a combination of train and taxi. In December, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
Find places to stay Dec 27 — 29:
Highlights from your plan
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 30th (Sun) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's lots more to do: hike along Esplanade Boardwalk, take in the dramatic scenery at Josephine Falls, and have fun at Esplanade Lagoon Pool.

For reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Cairns trip itinerary planning website .

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. December in Cairns sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Palm Cove
Find places to stay Dec 29 — Jan 1:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk

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