18 days in Australia Itinerary

18 days in Australia Itinerary

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18 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Gaya
Fly:  20​h 15​min
1
Perth
— 1 day
Fly:  6​h 15​min
2
Melbourne
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
4
Brisbane
— 2 nights
Fly + shuttle:  6​h
5
Port Douglas
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Cairns
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
7
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 3 nights
Fly:  28​h
End: Gaya

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 18th (Sat), explore the activities along Swan River, then contemplate the long history of The Perth Mint, and then stroll around Kings Park & Botanic Garden.

To see photos, reviews, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Perth travel planning app .

Gaya, India to Perth is an approximately 20.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Gaya to Perth. In May, Perth is cooler than Gaya - with highs of 25°C and lows of 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Perth

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Kings Park & Botanic Garden ©
Kings Park & Botanic Garden
Swan River ©
Swan River
The Perth Mint ©
The Perth Mint

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.
Melbourne is known for museums, shopping, parks, nightlife, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire all the interesting features of Royal Botanic Gardens, see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum, enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck 88, and explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Victoria.

To see traveler tips, photos, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Melbourne sightseeing site .

Getting from Perth to Melbourne by flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. The time zone changes from Australian Western Standard Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Victoria), which is usually a 2 hour difference. While traveling from Perth, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Melbourne, ranging from highs of 20°C to lows of 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums Parks Tours
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Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo

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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.
Sydney is known for nightlife, trails, beaches, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, wander the streets of Darling Harbour, and make a trip to Sydney Harbour Bridge.

To find ratings, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Sydney road trip app .

You can fly from Melbourne to Sydney in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Melbourne in May: high temperatures in Sydney hover around 24°C and lows are around 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Beaches 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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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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Sat): take in nature's colorful creations at Roma Street Parkland and then let the kids burn off some steam at South Bank Parklands. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Sun): 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 reviews, ratings, photos, and tourist information, use the Brisbane trip planner .

You can fly from Sydney to Brisbane in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in May, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Fun & Games Wildlife
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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

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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 27th (Mon), see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Tue): stop by With Sugar, then get to know the resident critters at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, then look for all kinds of wild species at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, and finally make a trip to St Mary’s by The Sea chapel.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Port Douglas itinerary builder .

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Brisbane to Port Douglas takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle; or drive. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Brisbane in May, with highs in Port Douglas at 32°C and lows at 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
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Highlights from your plan
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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Wed): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Keep things going the next day: have fun at Esplanade Lagoon Pool, then trek along Esplanade Boardwalk, and then admire the natural beauty at Botanical Gardens.

For photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Cairns vacation planning tool .

You can drive from Port Douglas to Cairns in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in May, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
Find places to stay May 28 — 30:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk
Botanical Gardens ©
Botanical Gardens

3
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, get outside with Walpa Gorge, admire the verdant scenery at Valley of the Winds, and trek along Kuniya Walk.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip itinerary planning app .

You can fly from Cairns to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 5 hours. Another option is to drive. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Cairns in May, with highs in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park at 28°C and lows at 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Find places to stay May 30 — Jun 2:
Highlights from your plan
Uluru ©
Uluru
Lungkata Walk ©
Lungkata Walk
Kata Tjuta ©
Kata Tjuta

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