18 days in Australia Itinerary

18 days in Australia Itinerary

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18 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Newark
Fly:  30​h
1
Cairns
— 1 night
bus:  1​h 15​min
2
Port Douglas
— 3 nights
shuttle + Fly:  5​h 45​min
3
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 45​min
4
Melbourne
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
5
Sydney
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Katoomba
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  30​h
End: Newark

1
night
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 10th (Mon): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Keep things going the next day: have fun at Esplanade Lagoon Pool, then take in the exciting artwork at Bones and Jones, then hike along Esplanade Boardwalk, and finally appreciate the history behind Cairns Cenotaph.

To find reviews, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Cairns day trip site .

Newark, USA to Cairns is an approximately 30-hour flight. You'll lose 15 hours traveling from Newark to Cairns due to the time zone difference. Prepare for much warmer weather when traveling from Newark in December: high temperatures in Cairns hover around 88°F and lows are around 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk
Esplanade Lagoon Pool ©
Esplanade Lagoon Pool

3
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.
Spend the 12th (Wed) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 13th (Thu) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. There's lots more to do: experience rural life at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, look for gifts at With Sugar, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas.

To see maps, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Port Douglas holiday planner.

You can drive from Cairns to Port Douglas in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a shuttle. In December, daytime highs in Port Douglas are 88°F, while nighttime lows are 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Sat): get engrossed in the history at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, contemplate the waterfront views at Mutitjulu Waterhole, and then explore the striking landscape at Uluru. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: head outdoors with Walpa Gorge and then take in the awesome beauty at Kata Tjuta.

For ratings, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park online holiday builder .

Getting from Port Douglas to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park by combination of shuttle and flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Port Douglas in December: highs in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park hover around 97°F, while lows dip to 70°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Nature Parks Outdoors
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Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga ©
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga
Mutitjulu Waterhole ©
Mutitjulu Waterhole

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, shopping, parks, nightlife, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, meet the residents at Melbourne Zoo, explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Victoria, and learn about all things military at Shrine of Remembrance.

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

You can fly from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Melbourne in 5 hours. Another option is to drive. In December, Melbourne is a bit cooler than Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park - with highs of 78°F and lows of 54°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums Parks Zoos & Aquariums
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Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo

4
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, take a stroll through Darling Harbour, appreciate the extensive heritage of The Rocks, and trek along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk.

For photos, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Sydney day trip website .

You can fly from Melbourne to Sydney in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Traveling from Melbourne in December, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 65°F in Sydney. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can drive to Katoomba.

Things to do in Sydney

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

1
night
Katoomba

Katoomba ©
Located off of the Great Western Highway, Katoomba is the main hub of the City of Blue Mountains.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Mon): take in the dramatic scenery at Bridal Veil Falls, take some stellar pictures from The Three Sisters, get great views at 3 Sisters Echo Point, then make a trip to Day FIne Art, then don't miss a visit to Gallery Blackheath, and finally admire the natural beauty at Everglades Historic House and Gardens.

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Getting from Sydney to Katoomba by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train. December in Katoomba sees daily highs of 84°F and lows of 61°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Katoomba

Parks Nature

Side Trips

Blackheath, Everglades Historic House and Gardens
Find places to stay Dec 23 — 24:
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Wentworth Falls ©
Wentworth Falls
The Three Sisters ©
The Three Sisters
Everglades Historic House and Gardens ©

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