18 days in Australia Itinerary

18 days in Australia Itinerary

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18 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  25​h
1
Melbourne
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
2
Alice Springs
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  2​h
3
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 45​min
4
Cairns
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h
5
Sydney
— 4 nights
Fly:  24​h
End: London

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Eastern Beach Reserve and St Paul's Cathedral. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Melbourne: Ballarat Wildlife Park (in Ballarat) and Lake Daylesford (in Daylesford). There's still lots to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck 88, brush up on your military savvy at Shrine of Remembrance, and examine the collection at Melbourne Museum.

For other places to visit, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Melbourne itinerary planner .

London, UK to Melbourne is an approximately 25-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Victoria) is 10 hours. While traveling from London, expect much hotter days and somewhat warmer nights in Melbourne, ranging from highs of 30°C to lows of 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Alice Springs.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

Eastern Beach Reserve, Ballarat Wildlife Park, Lake Daylesford
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Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo
Eastern Beach Reserve ©
Eastern Beach Reserve

2
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Alice Springs

Situated right in the heart of Australia, Alice Springs serves as an urban oasis deep within the country’s parched, desert-like Red Center.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Thu): get great views at Anzac Hill, then contemplate the long history of Alice Springs Telegraph Station Historical Reserve, and then get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

For photos, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, use the Alice Springs trip itinerary maker site .

Fly from Melbourne to Alice Springs in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Melbourne in March: high temperatures in Alice Springs hover around 40°C and lows are around 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Alice Springs

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
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Walking tours
Anzac Hill ©
Anzac Hill

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Fri): stroll through Kuniya Walk, contemplate the waterfront views at Mutitjulu Waterhole, then take in the dramatic natural features at Uluru, and finally trek along Uluru Hiking Path. Here are some ideas for day two: get engrossed in the history at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, then take in the exciting artwork at Walkatjara Art, then take in the awesome beauty at Kata Tjuta, and finally get outside with Walpa Gorge.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip planner .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Alice Springs to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In March in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, expect temperatures between 41°C during the day and 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Cairns.

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

3
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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 hidden gems such as Michaelmas Cay and Cairns Cenotaph. Get out of town with these interesting Cairns side-trips: Historic Village Herberton (in Herberton) and Spas & Wellness (in Palm Cove). Spend the 15th (Sun) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Atherton Tablelands and pause for some serene contemplation at St Monica's Cathedral.

Plan my day in Cairns using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

You can fly from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Cairns in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. When traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in March, plan for little chillier days in Cairns, with highs around 36°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife Outdoors Adventure

Side Trips

Historic Village Herberton, Spas & Wellness
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Michaelmas Cay ©
Michaelmas Cay
Historic Village Herberton ©
Historic Village Herberton

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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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Art Gallery of New South Wales and Speed Boats Tours. Step out of Sydney with an excursion to Shelly Beach in Manly--about 36 minutes away. There's much more to do: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, stroll through Bondi Beach, snap pictures at Sydney Harbour Bridge, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium.

To see reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Sydney trip maker site .

Traveling by flight from Cairns to Sydney takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Cairns in March, things will get little chillier in Sydney: highs are around 30°C and lows about 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Shelly Beach
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge
The Royal Botanic Garden ©
The Royal Botanic Garden

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