18 days in Australia Itinerary

18 days in Australia Itinerary

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18 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Sydney
1
Sydney
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Port Macquarie
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
3
Hervey Bay
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h 45​min
4
Alice Springs
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  2​h
5
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 2 nights
Fly:  9​h 30​min
6
Albany
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
7
Margaret River
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  11​h 45​min
8
Kangaroo Island
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 15​min
9
Melbourne
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
End: Sydney

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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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Manly Scenic Walkway and Cremorne Point to Mosman Bay Walk. There's much more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, snap pictures at Sydney Harbour Bridge, take a stroll through Darling Harbour, and take in the dramatic natural features at The Gap Park.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read Sydney trip tool .

The Route module shows you all the different ways you can get to Sydney. In October, daily temperatures in Sydney can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Port Macquarie.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Neighborhoods
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney ©
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney
The Rocks ©
The Rocks

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Port Macquarie

Port Macquarie ©
Known for its numerous beaches and resident koala population, Port Macquarie offers visitors a welcoming environment in which to unwind.
On the 17th (Thu), don't miss a visit to Breakwall Waking Path, then hike along Coastal walk, then visit a coastal fixture at Tacking Point Lighthouse, and finally explore the wealth of natural beauty at Sea Acres Rainforest Centre Port Macquarie. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Roto House, then identify plant and animal life at Koala Hospital, and then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To find maps and tourist information, go to the Port Macquarie trip itinerary maker website .

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Port Macquarie takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Sydney in October, expect nights in Port Macquarie to be about the same, around 17°C, while days are slightly colder, around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Hervey Bay.

Things to do in Port Macquarie

Parks Outdoors Wildlife
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Koala Hospital ©
Koala Hospital
Coastal walk ©
Coastal walk
Tacking Point Lighthouse ©
Tacking Point Lighthouse

1
night
Hervey Bay

With the largest population in the Fraser Coast Region, Hervey Bay is a hub of activity.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Sat): take a leisurely stroll along The Pier and then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To see other places to visit, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Hervey Bay trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Port Macquarie to Hervey Bay takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. While traveling from Port Macquarie, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Hervey Bay, ranging from highs of 31°C to lows of 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can travel to Alice Springs.

Things to do in Hervey Bay

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
The Pier ©
The Pier

1
night
Alice Springs

Alice Springs ©
Situated right in the heart of Australia, Alice Springs serves as an urban oasis deep within the country’s parched, desert-like Red Center.
On the 20th (Sun), look for all kinds of wild species at Alice Springs Desert Park, then get engrossed in the history at Alice Springs School of the Air Visitor Centre, then steep yourself in history at Alice Springs Telegraph Station Historical Reserve, and finally get great views at Anzac Hill.

To see photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Alice Springs tour planner.

Traveling by flight from Hervey Bay to Alice Springs takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Hervey Bay in October: highs in Alice Springs hover around 38°C, while lows dip to 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Alice Springs

Wildlife Parks Historic Sites
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Alice Springs Desert Park ©
Alice Springs Desert Park
Anzac Hill ©
Anzac Hill

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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 21st (Mon): browse the exhibits of Walkatjara Art, then get advice or help at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, then take in the awesome beauty at Kata Tjuta, and finally head outdoors with Walpa Gorge. On the 22nd (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: appreciate the views at Valley of the Winds and then explore and take pictures at Uluru.

For reviews, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park tour itinerary website .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Alice Springs to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In October, daytime highs in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Albany.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Nature Parks Outdoors
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Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga ©
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga
Valley of the Winds ©
Valley of the Winds
Uluru ©
Uluru

1
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Albany

Albany ©
Founded as a military outpost in 1826, Albany is the oldest town in Western Australia, just barely gaining this title by being settled two years earlier than Fremantle and Perth.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Wed): examine the collection at National Anzac Centre, then take in the dramatic natural features at The Gap and Natural Bridge, and then make a trip to Albany Wind Farm. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll through Little Beach, then admire all the interesting features of Replica of the Brig Amity, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Greens Pool.

To find photos, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Albany trip itinerary planning app .

You can fly from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Albany in 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Albany due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in October, expect nights in Albany to be little chillier, around 10°C, while days are much colder, around 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Margaret River.

Things to do in Albany

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Greens Pool
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The Gap and Natural Bridge ©
The Gap and Natural Bridge
Greens Pool ©
Greens Pool
Little Beach ©
Little Beach

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nights
Margaret River

A low-rise, laid-back town of approximately 4,500 inhabitants, Margaret River serves as an ideal local base to explore the surrounding wine region.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Fri): Head underground at Mammoth Cave and then savor the flavors at Food & Drink. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sea views from Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse, then Head underground at Jewel Cave, then Head underground at Lake Cave, and finally cruise along Caves Road.

For other places to visit, maps, photos, and tourist information, go to the Margaret River road trip website .

You can drive from Albany to Margaret River in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Kangaroo Island.

Things to do in Margaret River

Tours Nature Parks

Side Trips

Boranup, Augusta
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Food Tours
Jewel Cave ©
Jewel Cave
Mammoth Cave ©
Mammoth Cave

1
night
Kangaroo Island

Kangaroo Island ©
Abandoned by Aborigines a few thousand years ago, Kangaroo Island attracts over 140,000 visitors each year.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Sun): identify plant and animal life at Seal Bay Conservation Park. On your second day here, walk around Flinders Chase National Park.

To see maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Kangaroo Island online vacation maker .

Getting from Margaret River to Kangaroo Island by combination of bus and flight takes about 12 hours. The time zone changes from Australian Western Standard Time to Australian Central Standard Time (South Australia), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Kangaroo Island

Wildlife Parks Nature
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Flinders Chase National Park ©
Flinders Chase National Park
Seal Bay Conservation Park ©
Seal Bay Conservation Park

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nights
Melbourne

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Walking tours and Distillery Tours. Spend the 29th (Tue) on a tasty journey with a beer tour and tasting. There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Patrick's Cathedral, enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck 88, admire the masterpieces at Victorian Artists' Society, and don't miss a visit to Southbank.

For ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Melbourne trip itinerary planner.

Fly from Kangaroo Island to Melbourne in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and car. In October, daytime highs in Melbourne are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Tours Museums Shopping
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Beer Tastings & Tours
St. Patrick's Cathedral ©
St. Patrick's Cathedral
Distillery Tours

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