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
Melbourne
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
2
Hamilton Island
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h 45​min
3
Launceston
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Hobart
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Port Arthur
— 1 night
+2
bus + foot + Fly:  7​h 45​min
6
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 1 night
Fly + taxi:  2​h
7
Alice Springs
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
8
Adelaide
— 2 nights
Fly:  25​h
End: London

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, brush up on your military savvy at Shrine of Remembrance, admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Victoria, and enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck 88.

To find photos, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Melbourne trip planner .

London, UK to Melbourne is an approximately 25-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from London to Melbourne, you'll lose 10 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect warmer weather when traveling from London in December: highs in Melbourne hover around 30°C, while lows dip to 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to travel to Hamilton Island.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums Parks Outdoors
Find places to stay Dec 17 — 19:
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Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum

1
night
Hamilton Island

Hamilton Island ©
A trip to Hamilton Island takes you to a car-free destination mostly covered in bushland.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Thu): take in the waterfront activity at Hamilton Island Marina, meet the residents at Wild life Hamilton Island, and then head outdoors with Jetryder.

For where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Hamilton Island trip planner .

Fly from Melbourne to Hamilton Island in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, bus, car, and ferry; or do a combination of bus, train, car, and ferry. While traveling from Melbourne, expect a bit warmer days and much warmer nights in Hamilton Island, ranging from highs of 34°C to lows of 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can travel to Launceston.

Things to do in Hamilton Island

Parks Outdoors Zoos & Aquariums
Find places to stay Dec 19 — 20:
Highlights from your plan
Hamilton Island Marina ©
Hamilton Island Marina
Wild life Hamilton Island ©
Wild life Hamilton Island

1
day
Launceston

Launceston ©
Lying in the Tamar Valley and surrounded by forested hills, the grid-patterned city of Launceston boasts shaded avenues, vibrant street life, and a cosmopolitan atmosphere.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Fri): identify plant and animal life at Cataract Gorge Reserve and then appreciate the views at The Tamar Valley.

For photos, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Launceston travel itinerary planner .

You can fly from Hamilton Island to Launceston in 7 hours. When traveling from Hamilton Island in December, plan for little chillier days and colder nights in Launceston: temperatures range from 25°C by day to 10°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to drive to Hobart.

Things to do in Launceston

Parks Wildlife Nature
Find places to stay Dec 20 — 21:
Highlights from your plan
Cataract Gorge Reserve ©
Cataract Gorge Reserve
The Tamar Valley ©
The Tamar Valley

2
nights
Hobart

Hobart ©
Snaking up the side of a rounded, tree-dotted hill, Hobart sits between Tasmania’s sprawling mountains and the vast estuary of the River Derwent.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): steep yourself in history at Cascades Female Factory Historic Site, then take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens, then identify plant and animal life at Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary, and finally snap pictures at Richmond Bridge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun): see the interesting displays at Mona, take a leisurely stroll along Constitution Dock, and then take in the awesome beauty at Mount Wellington.

To find ratings, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, use the Hobart holiday maker website .

Traveling by car from Launceston to Hobart takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December in Hobart, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can drive to Port Arthur.

Things to do in Hobart

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary, Richmond Bridge, Mona
Find places to stay Dec 21 — 23:
Highlights from your plan
Mount Wellington ©
Mount Wellington
Mona ©
Mona
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary

1
night
Port Arthur

Port Arthur ©
On the 24th (Mon), make a trip to Remarkable Cave and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Port Arthur Historic Site.

To see ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Port Arthur online trip itinerary builder .

You can drive from Hobart to Port Arthur in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Port Arthur are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Port Arthur

Museums Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 23 — 24:
Highlights from your plan
Port Arthur Historic Site ©
Port Arthur Historic Site
Remarkable Cave ©
Remarkable Cave

1
night
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 25th (Tue): identify plant and animal life at Red Desert Reptiles, then hike along Kuniya Walk, then don't miss a visit to Uluru, and finally hike along Uluru Hiking Path. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Wed): view the masterpieces at Walkatjara Art, get engrossed in the history at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Kata Tjuta, and finally see the world from above with a helicopter tour.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park online trip itinerary maker .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Port Arthur to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 8 hours. While traveling from Port Arthur, expect much warmer days and somewhat warmer nights in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, ranging from highs of 42°C to lows of 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can travel to Alice Springs.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trip

Yulara
Find places to stay Dec 24 — 26:
Highlights from your plan
Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta ©
Kata Tjuta
Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre
Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre

2
nights
Alice Springs

Alice Springs ©
Situated right in the heart of Australia, Alice Springs serves as an urban oasis deep within the country’s parched, desert-like Red Center.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Thu): take in the awesome beauty at Mount Gillen, then steep yourself in history at Alice Springs Telegraph Station Historical Reserve, and then identify plant and animal life at Alice Springs Desert Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Fri): look for all kinds of wild species at Alice Springs Reptile Centre, examine the collection at The Residency, and then take some stellar pictures from Anzac Hill.

For photos, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read our Alice Springs trip builder site .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Alice Springs takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In December, plan for daily highs up to 41°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Adelaide.

Things to do in Alice Springs

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 26 — 28:
Highlights from your plan
Alice Springs Desert Park ©
Alice Springs Desert Park
Mount Gillen ©
Mount Gillen

2
nights
Adelaide

Adelaide ©
Adelaide exists contentedly as a cultured, diverse, and attractive city with a laid-back center, leafy residential districts, and an underlying cosmopolitan atmosphere.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Adelaide: Seppeltsfield (in Seppeltsfield) and Murray Street Vineyards (in Greenock). Next up on the itinerary: admire the natural beauty at Adelaide Botanic Garden, browse the eclectic array of goods at Adelaide Central Market, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Adelaide Zoo, and steep yourself in history at Adelaide Oval.

For reviews, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Adelaide attractions planner .

Traveling by flight from Alice Springs to Adelaide takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Alice Springs in December, things will get slightly colder in Adelaide: highs are around 30°C and lows about 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Adelaide

Parks Wineries Outdoors

Side Trips

Murray Street Vineyards, Seppeltsfield
Find places to stay Dec 28 — 31:
Highlights from your plan
Adelaide Botanic Garden ©
Adelaide Botanic Garden
Adelaide Central Market ©
Adelaide Central Market
South Australian Museum ©
South Australian Museum

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