18 days in Australia Itinerary

18 days in Australia Itinerary

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18 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Darwin
1
Darwin
— 4 nights
Fly + shuttle:  5​h 15​min
2
Port Douglas
— 1 night
bus:  1​h 15​min
3
Cairns
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
4
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 2 nights
Fly + shuttle:  6​h 30​min
5
Torquay
— 3 nights
shuttle + Fly:  5​h 45​min
6
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
End: Darwin

4
nights
Darwin

The smallest of Australia’s state capitals, Darwin has nevertheless become an attractive and important urban center, being simultaneously one of the country’s most modernized cities and a gateway to both the Top End region and South East Asia.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Safaris as well as Ethical Adventures NT. There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Mindil Beach, see the interesting displays at Museum & Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, race across the water with a speed boat tour, and admire all the interesting features of Hidden Valley Motor Sports Complex.

For ratings, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Darwin route planning app .

If you are flying in from Germany, the closest major airport is Darwin International Airport. In July, daily temperatures in Darwin can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) so you can travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Darwin

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Ethical Adventures NT ©
Ethical Adventures NT
Mindil Beach ©
Mindil Beach

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Wed): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Here are some ideas for day two: relax in the rural setting at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, get to know the resident critters at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, and then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

To find where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Port Douglas trip itinerary builder site .

You can do a combination of flight and shuttle from Darwin to Port Douglas in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Darwin, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Port Douglas, ranging from highs of 30°C to lows of 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) so you can go by car to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas ©
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas

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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Fri): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On the next day, enjoy some diversion at Esplanade Lagoon Pool, then stroll through Esplanade Boardwalk, and then admire the natural beauty at Botanical Gardens.

For ratings, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read our Cairns tour itinerary planner .

Getting from Port Douglas to Cairns by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a shuttle. In August in Cairns, expect temperatures between 31°C during the day and 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) so you can travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk
Botanical Gardens ©
Botanical Gardens

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.
On the 4th (Sun), get outside with Walpa Gorge, then take in the awesome beauty at Kata Tjuta, and then get answers to all your questions at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre. On your second day here, take in the pleasant sights at Lungkata Walk, take in the exciting artwork at Walkatjara Art, then hike along Kuniya Walk, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Uluru.

To see where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip maker website .

Fly from Cairns to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. When traveling from Cairns in August, plan for slightly colder days and colder nights in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park: temperatures range from 27°C by day to 6°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Tue) to allow time for travel to Torquay.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature
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Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga ©
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga
Uluru ©
Uluru
Lungkata Walk ©
Lungkata Walk

3
nights
Torquay

Torquay ©
Set against the stark but scenic coastline of the Bass Strait--the body of water separating Victoria and Tasmania--Torquay is a prime location for surfing and beach life in general.
You've now added 12 Apostles Air Adventures to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Wed): enjoy the sea views from Split Point Lighthouse, then don't miss a visit to Teddy's Lookout, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Great Ocean Walk. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Bells Beach and then cruise along The Great Ocean Road.

For photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Torquay trip planner .

Do a combination of flight and shuttle from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Torquay in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. When traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in August, plan for slightly colder days in Torquay, with highs around 17°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 5°C. On the 9th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Torquay

Outdoors Parks Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Teddy's Lookout, Split Point Lighthouse, Great Ocean Walk
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The Great Ocean Road ©
The Great Ocean Road
Great Ocean Walk ©
Great Ocean Walk
Teddy's Lookout ©
Teddy's Lookout

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Bondi Beach. Start off your visit on the 10th (Sat): admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, kick back and relax at Bondi Beach, don't miss a visit to Mrs Macquarie's Chair, then look for gifts at DUX Collection Sydney, and finally get to know the fascinating history of The Rocks. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Sun): see a show at Sydney Opera House, hike along The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk, then take in the views from Sydney Harbour Bridge, and finally wander the streets of Darling Harbour.

To see traveler tips, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read Sydney road trip planning website .

Do a combination of shuttle and flight from Torquay to Sydney in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Torquay in August, with highs in Sydney at 22°C and lows at 11°C. On the 12th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

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

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