18 days in Australia Itinerary

18 days in Australia Itinerary

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18 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Raleigh
Drive + Fly:  32​h
1
Port Macquarie
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
2
Sydney
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + taxi + bus:  9​h
3
Cape Tribulation
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
4
Chillagoe
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  16​h
5
Brisbane
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
6
Port Macquarie
— 3 nights
Fly + Drive:  32​h
End: Raleigh

3
nights
Port Macquarie

Port Macquarie ©
Known for its numerous beaches and resident koala population, Port Macquarie offers visitors a welcoming environment in which to unwind.
Port Macquarie is known for wildlife, trails, historic sites, outdoors, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: hike along Coastal walk, see the interesting displays at Port Macquarie Museum, visit a coastal fixture at Tacking Point Lighthouse, and make a trip to Breakwall.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, use the Port Macquarie trip planner .

Raleigh, USA to Port Macquarie is an approximately 32-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales), which is usually a 15 hour difference. Traveling from Raleigh in February, expect nights in Port Macquarie to be much hotter, around 67°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 71°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Port Macquarie

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Coastal walk ©
Coastal walk
Tacking Point Lighthouse ©
Tacking Point Lighthouse
Dolphin & Whale Watching

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: appreciate the extensive heritage of The Rocks, hike along The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk, don't miss a visit to Mrs Macquarie's Chair, and enjoy the sand and surf at Bondi Beach.

For photos, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Sydney trip builder website .

Traveling by flight from Port Macquarie to Sydney takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Port Macquarie in February: highs in Sydney hover around 80°F, while lows dip to 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can travel to Cape Tribulation.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Neighborhoods Outdoors
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney ©
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney

1
night
Cape Tribulation

Cape Tribulation ©
A lush headland that's part of the forested Daintree Region, Cape Tribulation was so named by Lieutenant--later Captain--Cook in 1770, when his ship ran aground in the area.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Fri): get curious at Daintree Discovery Centre, then experience rural life at Daintree Tea, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Daintree Rainforest - Cooper Creek Wilderness. On the 29th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the striking landscape of Daintree National Park.

To find ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Cape Tribulation trip planner.

Do a combination of flight and car from Sydney to Cape Tribulation in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and car. Traveling from Sydney in February, expect Cape Tribulation to be somewhat warmer, temps between 88°F and 75°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to travel to Chillagoe.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Daintree Tea, Daintree Discovery Centre
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Daintree National Park ©
Daintree National Park
Daintree Discovery Centre ©
Daintree Discovery Centre
Daintree Tea ©
Daintree Tea

1
night
Chillagoe

Chillagoe ©
Chillagoe is a town and locality in northern Queensland, Australia. Start off your visit on the 1st (Sun): make a trip to Chillagoe Smelters, then take an in-depth tour of Chillagoe Court House Heritage Museum, and then explore the fascinating underground world of Chillagoe-Mungana Caves National Park.

For traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Chillagoe trip tool .

Getting from Cape Tribulation to Chillagoe by car takes about 4.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) so you can travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Chillagoe

Nature Parks Museums
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Chillagoe Smelters ©
Chillagoe Smelters

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.
On the 2nd (Mon), admire the natural beauty at City Botanic Gardens and then let the kids burn off some steam at South Bank Parklands. On the 3rd (Tue), 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.

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Drive from Chillagoe to Brisbane in 21.5 hours. March in Brisbane sees daily highs of 82°F and lows of 68°F at night. On the 4th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Port Macquarie.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Wildlife
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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

3
nights
Port Macquarie

Port Macquarie ©
Start off your visit on the 5th (Thu): stroll through Billabong Zoo: Koala & Wildlife Park, then identify plant and animal life at Koala Hospital, and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Sea Acres Rainforest Centre Port Macquarie. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: relax in the rural setting at Ricardoes Tomatoes and U-Pick Strawberry Farm, then contemplate the long history of Trial Bay Gaol, and then visit a coastal fixture at Smoky Cape Lighthouse.

For photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Port Macquarie trip planner.

Getting from Brisbane to Port Macquarie by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. When traveling from Brisbane in March, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Port Macquarie: temperatures range from 71°F by day to 66°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Port Macquarie

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trips

South West Rocks, Timbertown Wauchope
Find places to stay Mar 4 — 7:
Highlights from your plan
Billabong Zoo: Koala & Wildlife Park ©
Koala Hospital ©
Koala Hospital
Smoky Cape Lighthouse ©
Smoky Cape Lighthouse

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