18 days in Australia Itinerary

18 days in Australia Itinerary

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18 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Seattle
Fly:  21​h 15​min
1
Melbourne
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
2
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Cairns
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
4
Port Douglas
— 3 nights
shuttle + Fly:  7​h 15​min
5
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly:  20​h 30​min
End: Seattle

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, take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck 88, examine the collection at Melbourne Museum, and make a trip to Shrine of Remembrance.

To see more things to do, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Melbourne trip itinerary maker .

Seattle, USA to Melbourne is an approximately 21.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of shuttle and flight. Traveling from Seattle to Melbourne, you'll lose 18 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Seattle in November: high temperatures in Melbourne hover around 73°F and lows are around 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Melbourne

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

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, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Kata Tjuta, take in the pleasant sights at Field of Light, and appreciate the views at Valley of the Winds.

To see other places to visit, reviews, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park route maker tool .

Getting from Melbourne to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive. When traveling from Melbourne in November, plan for warmer days and somewhat warmer nights in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park: temperatures range from 96°F by day to 66°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) to allow enough 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 / Mount Olga ©
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga
Valley of the Winds ©
Valley of the Winds

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Cairns side-trips: Palm Cove (Hartley's Crocodile Adventures & Palm Cove Beach). Spend the 9th (Fri) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Esplanade Boardwalk, enjoy some diversion at Esplanade Lagoon Pool, and admire the natural beauty at Botanical Gardens.

For more things to do, maps, photos, and tourist information, go to the Cairns trip itinerary planner.

Fly from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Cairns in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. When traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in November, plan for slightly colder days and somewhat warmer nights in Cairns: temperatures range from 87°F by day to 72°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

Palm Cove
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk

3
nights
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.
Spend the 12th (Mon) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 13th (Tue) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. And it doesn't end there: meet the residents at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, enjoy some diversion at Port Douglas Tennis Club, stop by Coffee Works, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Four Mile Beach.

To see ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Port Douglas trip planner.

You can drive from Cairns to Port Douglas in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 87°F in November, and nighttime lows around 72°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas ©
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas

3
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: listen to music at Sydney Opera House, snap pictures at Sydney Harbour Bridge, kick back and relax at Bondi Beach, and wander the streets of The Rocks.

For where to stay, maps, photos, and tourist information, use the Sydney road trip site .

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Port Douglas to Sydney in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Port Douglas in November, with highs in Sydney at 77°F and lows at 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

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

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