18 days in Australia Itinerary

18 days in Australia Itinerary

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18 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Jeddah
Fly:  27​h
1
Cairns
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 15​min
2
Gold Coast
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Sydney
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
4
Melbourne
— 6 nights
Fly:  20​h 45​min
End: Jeddah

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.
On the 18th (Mon), see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On the 19th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour and then hike along Esplanade Boardwalk.

To find photos, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Cairns online trip planner .

Jeddah, Saudi Arabia to Cairns is an approximately 27-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Arabia Standard Time (AST) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) (AEST) is 7 hours. Traveling from Jeddah in February, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 28°C in Cairns. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk
Balloon Rides

2
nights
Gold Coast

Gold Coast ©
A city of towering skyscrapers, sandy beaches, and tree-lined streets, Gold Coast has an unpretentious air complemented by a citywide focus on sports and the arts.
Change things up with a short trip to Watersports Guru in Kingscliff (about 46 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: get in on the family fun at Sea World Theme Park, take in panoramic vistas at SkyPoint Observation Deck, kick back and relax at Surfer's Paradise Beach, and get outside with Pelican Feeding.

For traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Gold Coast road trip planner.

You can fly from Cairns to Gold Coast in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Cairns in February, things will get little chillier in Gold Coast: highs are around 32°C and lows about 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Theme Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Watersports Guru
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Watersports Guru ©
Watersports Guru
Sea World Theme Park ©
Sea World Theme Park
Surfers Paradise Beach ©
Surfers Paradise Beach

5
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: see a show at Sydney Opera House, get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, don't miss a visit to Sydney Harbour Bridge, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium.

For maps, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Sydney trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Gold Coast to Sydney takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 31°C in February, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

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

6
nights
Melbourne

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Dedicate the 4th (Mon) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's lots more to do: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Melbourne Zoo, take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck 88, and enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour.

To see other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Melbourne online tour itinerary planner .

You can fly from Sydney to Melbourne in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Sydney in February, expect slightly colder with lows of 16°C in Melbourne. You will leave for home on the 5th (Tue).

Things to do in Melbourne

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

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