18 days in Australia Itinerary

18 days in Australia Itinerary

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18 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Chicago
Fly:  23​h
1
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
2
Hobart
— 2 nights
3
Melbourne
— 4 nights
Fly + shuttle:  6​h 30​min
4
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
5
Cairns
— 3 nights
Fly:  21​h 30​min
End: Chicago

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: admire the landmark architecture of Sydney Opera House, get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, kick back and relax at Bondi Beach, and take a stroll through The Rocks.

For other places to visit, maps, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Sydney online trip planner .

Chicago, USA to Sydney is an approximately 23-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) (AEST), which is usually a 16 hour difference. Traveling from Chicago in February, things will get much warmer in Sydney: highs are around 80°F and lows about 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Hobart.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
The Rocks ©
The Rocks
The Royal Botanic Garden ©
The Royal Botanic Garden

2
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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 27th (Wed): admire the natural beauty at Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens, engage your brain at Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, then contemplate the long history of Cascades Female Factory Historic Site, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Wellington. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Thu): let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour.

For reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Hobart trip maker website .

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Hobart takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, ferry, and bus; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Sydney in February; daily highs in Hobart reach 72°F and lows reach 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Hobart

Tours Parks Museums
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Food Tours
Mount Wellington ©
Mount Wellington
Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens ©
Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens

4
nights
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: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Victoria, get interesting insight from Tours, and brush up on your military savvy at Shrine of Remembrance.

For ratings, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Melbourne trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Hobart to Melbourne by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Hobart in February: highs in Melbourne hover around 81°F, while lows dip to 57°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Melbourne

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

2
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 5th (Tue) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 6th (Wed) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. There's much more to do: relax in the rural setting at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, explore the galleries of Des Spencer Galleries, look for gifts at With Sugar, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas.

For reviews, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read Port Douglas online trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Melbourne to Port Douglas takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Melbourne in March; daily highs in Port Douglas reach 87°F and lows reach 74°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to drive to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

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

3
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.
Spend the 8th (Fri) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 10th (Sun) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's still lots to do: hike along Esplanade Boardwalk, enjoy some diversion at Esplanade Lagoon Pool, and take a memorable drive along Captain Cook Highway.

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Drive from Port Douglas to Cairns in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. In March, plan for daily highs up to 87°F, and evening lows to 74°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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