18 days in Australia Itinerary

18 days in Australia Itinerary

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18 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Abu Dhabi
Fly:  14​h 15​min
1
Perth
— 1 day
Fly:  6​h 15​min
2
Melbourne
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Sydney
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
4
Brisbane
— 2 nights
Fly + shuttle:  6​h
5
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
6
Cairns
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
7
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 3 nights
Fly:  20​h
End: Abu Dhabi

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 21st (Wed), appreciate the history behind State War Memorial and then admire the natural beauty at Kings Park and Botanic Garden.

To find ratings, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Perth online journey planner .

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates to Perth is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. You'll lose 4 hours traveling from Abu Dhabi to Perth due to the time zone difference. In October, Perth is much colder than Abu Dhabi - with highs of 28°C and lows of 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) to allow time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Perth

Parks
Find places to stay Oct 20 — 21:
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Kings Park and Botanic Garden ©
Kings Park and Botanic Garden
State War Memorial ©
State War Memorial

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: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Melbourne Zoo, and see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum.

For maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Melbourne holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Perth to Melbourne takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Australian Western Standard Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Victoria) is 2 hours. Traveling from Perth in October, expect nights in Melbourne to be about the same, around 9°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums Parks Tours
Find places to stay Oct 21 — 24:
Highlights from your plan
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo

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, shopping, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Sydney Opera House, wander the streets of The Rocks, admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, and hike along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk.

To find other places to visit, photos, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Sydney planner .

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Sydney takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Melbourne in October: high temperatures in Sydney hover around 28°C and lows are around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Find places to stay Oct 24 — 28:
Highlights from your plan
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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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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Thu): admire the natural beauty at Roma Street Parkland and then stroll around South Bank Parklands. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Fri): get great views at Mount Coot-tha Lookout and then look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary.

To find where to stay, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read our Brisbane trip itinerary builder website .

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Brisbane takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In October in Brisbane, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Wildlife
Find places to stay Oct 28 — 30:
Highlights from your plan
South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Mount Coot-tha Lookout ©
Mount Coot-tha Lookout

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Sat): look for all kinds of wild species at Opal Reef, then identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, and then look for gifts at With Sugar. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: identify plant and animal life at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, and then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Port Douglas online tour planner .

You can do a combination of flight and shuttle from Brisbane to Port Douglas in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Brisbane in October, things will get somewhat warmer in Port Douglas: highs are around 34°C and lows about 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) so you can catcht the bus to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Find places to stay Oct 30 — Nov 1:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

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 2nd (Mon): explore and take pictures at The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour and then trek along Esplanade Boardwalk.

To see ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Cairns day trip site .

Traveling by bus from Port Douglas to Cairns takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in November, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) to allow time to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk
Find places to stay Nov 1 — 3:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Wed): take an in-depth tour of Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, take in the dramatic natural features at Uluru, then contemplate the waterfront views at Mutitjulu Waterhole, then get great views at Uluru, and finally hike along Kuniya Walk. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Thu): explore the galleries of Walkatjara Art, take in the dramatic natural features at Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga, and then appreciate the views at Valley of the Winds.

To find where to stay, reviews, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park online trip itinerary maker .

Fly from Cairns to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. When traveling from Cairns in November, plan for a bit warmer days and little chillier nights in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park: temperatures range from 41°C by day to 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Museums
Find places to stay Nov 3 — 6:
Highlights from your plan
Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga ©
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga
Valley of the Winds ©
Valley of the Winds

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