18 days in Australia Itinerary

18 days in Australia Itinerary

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18 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Dublin
Fly + shuttle:  29​h
1
Port Douglas
— 1 night
bus:  1​h 15​min
2
Cairns
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
3
Brisbane
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 45​min
4
Sydney
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
5
Melbourne
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
6
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 2 nights
Fly:  9​h 15​min
7
Perth
— 1 day
Fly:  23​h 45​min
End: Dublin

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.
On the 29th (Wed), take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports. Here are some ideas for day two: admire all the interesting features of Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To see more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Port Douglas trip itinerary planner.

Dublin, Ireland to Port Douglas is an approximately 29-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) is 10 hours. Traveling from Dublin in May, expect Port Douglas to be much warmer, temps between 32°C and 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to drive 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

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.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Fri): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On your second day here, take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Gardens, stroll through Esplanade Boardwalk, and then enjoy some diversion at Esplanade Lagoon Pool.

To see ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Cairns trip maker tool .

Getting from Port Douglas to Cairns by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a shuttle. In May, daytime highs in Cairns are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
Find places to stay May 30 — Jun 1:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk
Botanical Gardens ©
Botanical Gardens

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): take in nature's colorful creations at Roma Street Parkland and then let little ones run wild at South Bank Parklands. Keep things going the next day: take some stellar pictures from Mount Coot-tha Lookout and then look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary.

To see maps, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Brisbane online journey planner .

Traveling by flight from Cairns to Brisbane takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from Cairns in June, expect Brisbane to be slightly colder, temps between 24°C and 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Wildlife
Find places to stay Jun 1 — 3:
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South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Mount Coot-tha Lookout ©
Mount Coot-tha Lookout

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: don't miss a visit to Sydney Opera House, examine the collection at Australian National Maritime Museum, wander the streets of Darling Harbour, and take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, use the Sydney road trip planner .

Fly from Brisbane to Sydney in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Brisbane in June, expect nights in Sydney to be about the same, around 11°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

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

2
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sat): learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Melbourne Zoo, then don't miss a visit to Royal Botanic Gardens, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Fitzroy Gardens. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Sun): explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Victoria, then take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck 88, then see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum, and finally don't miss a visit to Flinders Street Station.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Melbourne trip tool .

Fly from Sydney to Melbourne in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Sydney in June: high temperatures in Melbourne hover around 16°C and lows are around 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Museums Zoos & Aquariums
Find places to stay Jun 7 — 9:
Highlights from your plan
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum

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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Mon): stroll through Kuniya Walk, explore the galleries of Walkatjara Art, then take in the awesome beauty at Kata Tjuta, and finally head outdoors with Walpa Gorge. Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to Uluru, hike along Uluru Hiking Path, and then take in the pleasant sights at Lungkata Walk.

To find photos, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park journey builder .

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Melbourne in June: highs in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park hover around 22°C, while lows dip to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Perth.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature
Find places to stay Jun 9 — 11:
Highlights from your plan
Uluru ©
Uluru
Lungkata Walk ©
Lungkata Walk
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga ©
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga

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.
On the 12th (Wed), contemplate the waterfront views at Swan River, then contemplate the long history of The Perth Mint, and then stroll around Kings Park & Botanic Garden.

For where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Perth holiday builder .

Getting from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Perth by flight takes about 9.5 hours. Other options: drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Perth due to the time zone difference. June in Perth sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 9°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Perth

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jun 11 — 12:
Highlights from your plan
Kings Park and Botanic Garden ©
Kings Park and Botanic Garden
Swan River ©
Swan River
The Perth Mint ©
The Perth Mint

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