18 days in Australia Itinerary

18 days in Australia Itinerary

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18 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Bristol
train + Fly:  22​h 30​min
1
Perth
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
2
Melbourne
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Sydney
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
4
Lord Howe Island
— 1 night
Fly + shuttle:  7​h 30​min
5
Port Douglas
— 1 night
bus:  1​h 15​min
6
Cairns
— 3 nights
Fly:  25​h
End: Bristol

2
nights
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 13th (Wed): take in nature's colorful creations at Kings Park & Botanic Garden. On the next day, look for all kinds of wild species at Bells Rapids Park, then learn about winemaking at Talijancich Wines, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Caversham Wildlife Park.

To find where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Perth trip builder website .

Bristol, UK to Perth is an approximately 22.5-hour combination of train and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of train, bus, and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Bristol to Perth is 8 hours. March in Perth sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Perth

Parks Wildlife Beaches

Side Trips

Bells Rapids Park, Caversham Wildlife Park, Talijancich Wines, Trigg Beach, Cottesloe Beach
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Kings Park and Botanic Garden ©
Kings Park and Botanic Garden
Cottesloe Beach ©
Cottesloe Beach
Caversham Wildlife Park ©
Caversham Wildlife Park

2
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Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
You'll get in some beach time at Sandridge Beach and St. Kilda Beach. And it doesn't end there: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Victoria, enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck 88, and examine the collection at Melbourne Museum.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Melbourne tour itinerary planning tool .

Fly from Perth to Melbourne in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. The time zone difference moving from Australian Western Standard Time (AWST) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Victoria) (AEST) is 2 hours. Traveling from Perth in March, expect Melbourne to be slightly colder, temps between 30°C and 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Museums Beaches

Side Trip

St. Kilda Beach
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Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
St. Kilda Beach ©
St. Kilda Beach
Sandridge Beach ©
Sandridge Beach

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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 get in some beach time at Bondi Beach and Manly Beach. And it doesn't end there: admire the landmark architecture of Sydney Opera House, meet the residents at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, wander the streets of The Rocks, and examine the collection at Australian National Maritime Museum.

For reviews, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read our Sydney trip planner.

You can fly from Melbourne to Sydney in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Sydney when traveling from Melbourne in March, with lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) to allow time to travel to Lord Howe Island.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Manly Beach
Manly Beach
Coogee Beach ©
Coogee Beach

1
night
Lord Howe Island

Lord Howe Island ©
Bursting out of the Tasman Sea, Lord Howe Island offers stunning scenery and many sandy beaches.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Lagoon Beach and then kick back and relax at Ned's Beach.

To find more things to do, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Lord Howe Island trip tool .

Fly from Sydney to Lord Howe Island in 3.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Lord Howe Island

Beaches Outdoors Parks
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Ned's Beach ©
Ned's Beach
Lagoon Beach ©
Lagoon Beach

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 24th (Sun): take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Port Douglas using our trip planner.

Do a combination of flight and shuttle from Lord Howe Island to Port Douglas in 7.5 hours. In March, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can drive to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris

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.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Palm Cove Beach and Trinity Beach. Step out of Cairns to go to Palm Cove and see Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, which is approximately 44 minutes away. Spend the 26th (Tue) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. It doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Yorkeys Knob Beach and enjoy some diversion at Esplanade Lagoon Pool.

To see maps and tourist information, you can read our Cairns day trip app .

Traveling by car from Port Douglas to Cairns takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. March in Cairns sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 27°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Yorkeys Knob Beach, Trinity Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach

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