18 days in Australia Itinerary

18 days in Australia Itinerary

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18 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Exeter
train + Fly:  27​h
1
Melbourne
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Torquay
— 1 night
+3
train + bus + Fly + taxi:  5​h 15​min
3
Kangaroo Island
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  2​h 30​min
4
Adelaide
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h 15​min
5
Mossman
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h 45​min
6
Cairns
— 2 nights
Fly:  1​h 45​min
7
Whitsunday Island
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 15​min
8
Brisbane
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
9
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly:  27​h
End: Exeter

2
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, learn about all things military at Shrine of Remembrance, and meet the residents at Melbourne Zoo.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Melbourne online trip itinerary builder .

Exeter, UK to Melbourne is an approximately 27-hour combination of train and flight. You can also fly. Traveling from Exeter to Melbourne, you'll lose 10 hours due to the time zone difference. In December, daily temperatures in Melbourne can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to drive to Torquay.

Things to do in Melbourne

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Historic Sites
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Melbourne Boat Hire ©
Melbourne Boat Hire
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo

1
night
Torquay

Torquay
Set against the stark but scenic coastline of the Bass Strait--the body of water separating Victoria and Tasmania--Torquay is a prime location for surfing and beach life in general.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Sat): stroll through 13th Beach and then take a memorable drive along The Great Ocean Road.

To see ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read Torquay day trip website .

Traveling by car from Melbourne to Torquay takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In December in Torquay, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Kangaroo Island.

Things to do in Torquay

#Outdoors, #Scenic Drive, #Parks

Side Trip

13th Beach
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The Great Ocean Road
The Great Ocean Road
13th Beach ©
13th Beach

1
night
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 16th (Sun): identify plant and animal life at Flinders Chase National Park.

To find photos, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Kangaroo Island tour itinerary planner .

Traveling by combination of train, flight, and taxi from Torquay to Kangaroo Island takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to travel to Adelaide.

Things to do in Kangaroo Island

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

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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Mon): awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area.

For where to stay, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Adelaide online visit planner .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Kangaroo Island to Adelaide in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of car, ferry, and bus. In December, daytime highs in Adelaide are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can travel to Mossman.

Things to do in Adelaide

#Tours
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Wine Tours & Tastings

1
day
Mossman

Mossman is a town and a locality in Far North Queensland, Australia, on the Mossman River. Kick off your visit on the 18th (Tue): look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas.

To find maps, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Mossman planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Adelaide to Mossman. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Adelaide in December, with highs in Mossman at 36°C and lows at 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Mossman

#Adventure, #Outdoors, #Wildlife

Side Trip

Scuba & Snorkeling
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Scuba & Snorkeling

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Wed): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Here are some ideas for day two: experience rural life at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures and then stroll through Esplanade Boardwalk.

For maps, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Cairns trip planner .

Drive from Mossman to Cairns in 1.5 hours. In December in Cairns, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 26°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to travel to Whitsunday Island.

Things to do in Cairns

#Outdoors, #Wildlife, #Adventure

Side Trip

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk

1
night
Whitsunday Island

Whitsunday Island ©
Start off your visit on the 21st (Fri): contemplate the waterfront views at Hill Inlet and then kick back and relax at Whitehaven Beach.

To see more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read Whitsunday Island trip maker app .

Getting from Cairns to Whitsunday Island by flight takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or take a train. In December in Whitsunday Island, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) to allow time to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Whitsunday Island

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches
Find places to stay Dec 20 — 21:
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Hill Inlet ©
Hill Inlet
Whitehaven Beach ©
Whitehaven Beach

2
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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.
On the 22nd (Sat), take in nature's colorful creations at Roma Street Parkland and then let the kids burn off some steam at South Bank Parklands. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary and then take some stellar pictures from Mount Coot-tha Lookout.

To see photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Brisbane trip itinerary builder app .

You can fly from Whitsunday Island to Brisbane in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a train. Traveling from Whitsunday Island in December, you will find days in Brisbane are a bit cooler (32°C), and nights are about the same (23°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Brisbane

#Parks, #Fun & Games, #Wildlife
Find places to stay Dec 21 — 23:
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South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Mount Coot-tha Lookout ©
Mount Coot-tha Lookout

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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: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, stroll through Bondi Beach, take in the views from Sydney Harbour Bridge, and take a stroll through Darling Harbour.

To see more things to do, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Sydney trip itinerary planner .

Fly from Brisbane to Sydney in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. December in Sydney sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 21°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Dec 23 — 26:
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
The Royal Botanic Garden ©
The Royal Botanic Garden
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©

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