18 days in Australia Itinerary

18 days in Australia Itinerary

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18 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Ho Chi Minh City
Fly:  13​h 45​min
1
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
2
Cairns
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
3
Port Douglas
— 3 nights
shuttle + Fly:  6​h 45​min
4
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
5
Melbourne
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
6
Perth
— 1 night
Fly:  9​h
End: Ho Chi Minh City

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.
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is known for nature, museums, outdoors, trails, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the striking landscape at Uluru, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Kata Tjuta, head outdoors with Walpa Gorge, and take an in-depth tour of Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre.

To see photos, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park sightseeing planner .

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Ho Chi Minh City to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is 2 hours. Traveling from Ho Chi Minh City in July, expect Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to be cooler, temps between 24°C and 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Find places to stay Jul 25 — 27:
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Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta ©
Kata Tjuta
Valley of the Winds ©
Valley of the Winds

2
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.
Take a break from Cairns with a short trip to Australian Butterfly Sanctuary in Kuranda, about 36 minutes away. Spend the 28th (Sun) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's still lots to do: trek along Esplanade Boardwalk, take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Gardens, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Monica's Cathedral, and have fun at Muddy's Playground.

To see traveler tips, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Cairns journey website .

Traveling by flight from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Cairns takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in July, expect nights in Cairns to be warmer, around 20°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) early enough to take a bus to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Tours Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Australian Butterfly Sanctuary
Find places to stay Jul 27 — 30:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk
Botanical Gardens ©
Botanical Gardens

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 31st (Wed) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 2nd (Fri) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures and get to know the resident critters at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas.

For more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Port Douglas trip builder site .

Traveling by bus from Cairns to Port Douglas takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in July, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Find places to stay Jul 30 — Aug 2:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Safaris

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 striking features of Sydney Opera House, trek along The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk, wander the streets of Darling Harbour, and stroll through Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Sydney sightseeing 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. Traveling from Port Douglas in August, expect Sydney to be a bit cooler, temps between 22°C and 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Find places to stay Aug 2 — 6:
Highlights from your plan
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
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, shopping, parks, nightlife, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Royal Botanic Gardens, observe the fascinating underwater world at SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium, take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck 88, and admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Victoria.

To find traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Melbourne planning website .

You can fly from Sydney to Melbourne in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Sydney in August: high temperatures in Melbourne hover around 16°C and lows are around 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Perth.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Museums Zoos & Aquariums
Find places to stay Aug 6 — 9:
Highlights from your plan
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo

1
night
Perth

Perth ©
A modern metropolis of glassy skyscrapers, waterside boulevards, and lush residential neighborhoods, Perth sits on the edge of the Swan Coastal Plain.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sat): steep yourself in history at The Perth Mint and then take in nature's colorful creations at Kings Park & Botanic Garden.

To find photos, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Perth route planning site .

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Perth takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Melbourne to Perth, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Melbourne in August, plan for somewhat warmer days in Perth, with highs around 22°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Perth

Parks Historic Sites
Find places to stay Aug 9 — 10:
Highlights from your plan
Kings Park & Botanic Garden ©
Kings Park & Botanic Garden
The Perth Mint ©
The Perth Mint

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