18 days in Australia Itinerary

18 days in Australia Itinerary

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18 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Cardiff
Fly:  26​h
1
Cairns
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
shuttle + Fly:  6​h 45​min
3
Sydney
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
4
Melbourne
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
5
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 2 nights
Fly:  9​h 15​min
6
Perth
— 1 day
Fly + train:  23​h 15​min
End: Cardiff

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 23rd (Sat), look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through Esplanade Boardwalk, admire the sheer force of Josephine Falls, and then enjoy some diversion at Esplanade Lagoon Pool.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Cairns journey builder tool .

Cardiff, UK to Cairns is an approximately 26-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train, shuttle, and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) is 10 hours. Plan for warmer temperatures traveling from Cardiff in February, with highs in Cairns at 36°C and lows at 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

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

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.
On the 25th (Mon), see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Keep things going the next day: learn about winemaking at Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, then identify plant and animal life at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, and finally stop by Coffee Works.

To see ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Port Douglas trip 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 February, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Find places to stay Feb 24 — 26:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas ©
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas

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, meet the residents at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, wander the streets of Darling Harbour, and admire the natural beauty at The Royal Botanic Garden.

To see ratings, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, use the Sydney trip planner .

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Port Douglas to Sydney takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Port Douglas in February: high temperatures in Sydney hover around 31°C and lows are around 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

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

3
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, see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum, make a trip to Flinders Street Station, and steep yourself in history at Shrine of Remembrance.

To find photos, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read our Melbourne 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 March, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Melbourne, with lows of 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Museums Outdoors
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Melbourne Boat Hire ©
Melbourne Boat Hire
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo

2
nights
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 7th (Thu): trek along Kuniya Walk, explore the activities along Mutitjulu Waterhole, then make a trip to Uluru, and finally stroll through Uluru Hiking Path. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Fri): take an in-depth tour of Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, then view the masterpieces at Walkatjara Art, then take in the awesome beauty at Kata Tjuta, and finally head outdoors with Walpa Gorge.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

You can fly from Melbourne to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Melbourne in March, with highs in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park at 41°C and lows at 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to travel to Perth.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta ©
Kata Tjuta
Mutitjulu Waterhole ©
Mutitjulu Waterhole

1
day
Perth

Perth ©
A modern metropolis of glassy skyscrapers, waterside boulevards, and lush residential neighborhoods, Perth sits on the edge of the Swan Coastal Plain.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Sat): explore the activities along Swan River, contemplate the long history of The Perth Mint, and then admire the natural beauty at Kings Park & Botanic Garden.

For more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Perth attractions planning website .

Traveling by flight from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Perth takes 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Perth due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in March, things will get little chillier in Perth: highs are around 34°C and lows about 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Perth

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Find places to stay Mar 8 — 9:
Highlights from your plan
Kings Park & Botanic Garden ©
Kings Park & Botanic Garden
Swan River ©
Swan River
The Perth Mint ©
The Perth Mint

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