18 days in Australia Itinerary

18 days in Australia Itinerary

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18 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  3​h 45​min
1
Brisbane
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
2
Cairns
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
3
Melbourne
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
4
Sydney
— 5 nights
End: Sydney

3
nights
Brisbane

Brisbane ©
Queensland’s biggest town and state capital, Brisbane has an attractive, manicured image based around its riverside aesthetic as well as the contrast between its high-rise center and extensive urban greenery.
Change things up with a short trip to Sea World Theme Park in Main Beach (about 1h 30 min away). Next up on the itinerary: let little ones run wild at South Bank Parklands, admire the natural beauty at Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt. Coot-tha, get your game on at Zoccer Sports - Bubble Soccer, and take some stellar pictures from Mount Coot-tha Lookout.

For where to stay, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read Brisbane online road trip planner .

Sydney to Brisbane is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. July in Brisbane sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 11°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Theme Parks

Side Trip

Sea World Theme Park
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South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Sea World Theme Park ©
Sea World Theme Park

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.
Explore Cairns' surroundings by going to Hartley's Crocodile Adventures (in Palm Cove) and Port Douglas (Scuba & Snorkeling, Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, & more). There's still lots to do: trek along Esplanade Boardwalk, admire the natural beauty at Botanical Gardens, and have fun at Esplanade Lagoon Pool.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Cairns trip builder tool .

Traveling by flight from Brisbane to Cairns takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Brisbane in July, expect Cairns to be somewhat warmer, temps between 30°C and 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Port Douglas, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Safaris

4
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Dedicate the 26th (Fri) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's much more to do: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, have some family-friendly fun at Zero Latency, indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, and enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck 88.

To see reviews, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Melbourne online route planner .

Traveling by flight from Cairns to Melbourne takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Cairns in July, things will get colder in Melbourne: highs are around 15°C and lows about 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Tours Parks Museums
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Zero Latency ©
Zero Latency
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum

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: make a trip to Sydney Harbour Bridge, wander the streets of Darling Harbour, admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, and examine the collection at Australian National Maritime Museum.

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Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Sydney takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Traveling from Melbourne in July, you will find days in Sydney are a bit warmer (21°C), and nights are about the same (9°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Parks Museums
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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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