18 days in Australia Itinerary

18 days in Australia Itinerary

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18 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Newark
Fly:  29​h
1
Perth
— 1 day
Fly + shuttle:  8​h 30​min
2
Port Douglas
— 1 night
bus:  1​h 15​min
3
Cairns
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
4
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
5
Melbourne
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
6
Sydney
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
7
Brisbane
— 2 nights
Fly:  23​h 15​min
End: Newark

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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sun): contemplate the waterfront views at Swan River, steep yourself in history at The Perth Mint, and then admire the natural beauty at Kings Park & Botanic Garden.

To see reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read Perth route planner.

Newark, USA to Perth is an approximately 29-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Newark to Perth is 13 hours. Expect much hotter weather when traveling from Newark in November: highs in Perth hover around 83°F, while lows dip to 56°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Perth

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

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 19th (Mon): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Keep things going the next day: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

To see reviews, photos, and tourist information, use the Port Douglas trip itinerary builder tool .

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Perth to Port Douglas takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Traveling from Perth to Port Douglas, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Port Douglas when traveling from Perth in November, with lows around 72°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris

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 21st (Wed): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy some diversion at Esplanade Lagoon Pool, hike along Esplanade Boardwalk, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Gardens.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Cairns online itinerary planner .

You can drive from Port Douglas to Cairns in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. In November, daytime highs in Cairns are 87°F, while nighttime lows are 72°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) 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
Esplanade Lagoon Pool ©
Esplanade Lagoon Pool

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 23rd (Fri), hike along Uluru Hiking Path, get all the information you need at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, then stroll through Kuniya Walk, and finally explore the striking landscape at Uluru. On the next day, view the masterpieces at Walkatjara Art, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Kata Tjuta, and then get outside with Walpa Gorge.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park online attractions planner .

Getting from Cairns to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive. While traveling from Cairns, expect a bit warmer days and little chillier nights in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, ranging from highs of 96°F to lows of 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature
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Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga ©
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga
Walpa Gorge ©
Walpa Gorge

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, parks, shopping, zoos & aquariums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum, take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck 88, and admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Victoria.

To find traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Melbourne trip itinerary maker tool .

Getting from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Melbourne by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive. While traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, expect cooler days and little chillier nights in Melbourne, ranging from highs of 73°F to lows of 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Museums Historic Sites
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Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum

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: see a show at Sydney Opera House, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, admire the natural beauty at The Royal Botanic Garden, and wander the streets of Darling Harbour.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Sydney attractions planner.

Fly from Melbourne to Sydney in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Melbourne in November, plan for a bit warmer nights in Sydney, with lows around 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) to allow time to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge

2
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.
On the 2nd (Sun), admire the natural beauty at Roma Street Parkland and then have some family-friendly fun at South Bank Parklands. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary.

To see photos, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Brisbane holiday planner .

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Brisbane takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 82°F in December, and nighttime lows around 68°F. On the 3rd (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Wildlife
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South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Roma Street Parkland ©
Roma Street Parkland

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