18 days in Australia Itinerary

18 days in Australia Itinerary

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18 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Dublin
Fly:  25​h
1
Melbourne
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Sydney
— 5 nights
Fly:  5​h
3
Cairns
— 4 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
4
Perth
— 1 night
Fly:  25​h
End: Dublin

4
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 31st (Mon) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's still lots to do: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, tour the pleasant surroundings at Melbourne Zoo, steep yourself in history at Old Melbourne Gaol, and soar above the sights with a balloon tour.

To see ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Melbourne trip itinerary builder site .

Dublin, Ireland to Melbourne is an approximately 25-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. You'll lose 10 hours traveling from Dublin to Melbourne due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Dublin in December, you will find days in Melbourne are much hotter (30°C), and nights are somewhat warmer (14°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

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

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: don't miss a visit to Sydney Opera House, take in nature's colorful creations at The Royal Botanic Garden, hike along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, and meet the residents at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium.

To find ratings, photos, maps, and tourist information, read our Sydney trip planner .

Getting from Melbourne to Sydney by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Sydney when traveling from Melbourne in January, with lows around 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Cairns.

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

4
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cairns: Safaris (in Port Douglas) and Palm Cove (Hartley's Crocodile Adventures & Palm Cove Beach). Spend the 7th (Mon) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. And it doesn't end there: take a memorable tour with Tours, look for all kinds of wild species at The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk, and take in the exciting artwork at Bones and Jones.

To find photos, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Cairns trip maker website .

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Cairns takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Sydney in January, expect Cairns to be a bit warmer, temps between 37°C and 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Perth.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Safaris, The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

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.
On the 11th (Fri), contemplate the waterfront views at Swan River, then steep yourself in history at The Perth Mint, and then admire the natural beauty at Kings Park & Botanic Garden.

To find where to stay, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read Perth trip itinerary maker website .

Traveling by flight from Cairns to Perth takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Cairns to Perth. Traveling from Cairns in January, plan for slightly colder nights in Perth, with lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

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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