18 days in Australia Itinerary

18 days in Australia Itinerary

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18 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Barcelona
Fly:  25​h
1
Cairns
— 5 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
2
Hamilton Island
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
3
Hervey Bay
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
4
Sydney
— 5 nights
Fly:  28​h
End: Barcelona

5
nights
Cairns

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 some cultural insight at Historic Village Herberton and Spy & Camera Museum. Step off the beaten path and head to Opal Reef and Trinity Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cairns: Atherton (The Crystal Caves & The Bat Hospital Visitor Centre), Palm Cove Beach (in Palm Cove) and Australian Butterfly Sanctuary (in Kuranda). There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Atherton Tablelands, have unforgettable encounters with a shark diving experience, stop by Australian Leather Company, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Monica's Cathedral.

To see traveler tips, maps, photos, and tourist information, use the Cairns trip planner .

Barcelona, Spain to Cairns is an approximately 25-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. You'll lose 9 hours traveling from Barcelona to Cairns due to the time zone difference. In May, Cairns is a bit warmer than Barcelona - with highs of 32°C and lows of 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Hamilton Island.

Things to do in Cairns

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Herberton, Atherton, Port Douglas, Mossman Gorge Centre, Australian Butterfly Sanctuary
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Atherton Tablelands ©
Atherton Tablelands
Mossman Gorge Centre ©
Mossman Gorge Centre
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach

3
nights
Hamilton Island

Hamilton Island ©
A trip to Hamilton Island takes you to a car-free destination mostly covered in bushland.
Explore hidden gems such as Scuba & Snorkeling and Catseye Beach. The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Passage Peak, head outdoors with Jetryder, explore and take pictures at Go-Kart Racing Track, and tee off at Hamilton Island Golf Club.

To see reviews, photos, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Hamilton Island driving holiday tool .

You can fly from Cairns to Hamilton Island in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. While traveling from Cairns, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Hamilton Island, ranging from highs of 26°C to lows of 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Hervey Bay.

Things to do in Hamilton Island

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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Catseye Beach ©
Catseye Beach
Passage Peak ©
Passage Peak
Hamilton Island Golf Club ©
Hamilton Island Golf Club

2
nights
Hervey Bay

With the largest population in the Fraser Coast Region, Hervey Bay is a hub of activity.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Fri): get engrossed in the history at Brennan and Geraghty's Store Museum, then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then take in the waterfront at The Pier. On the next day, explore the landscape on two wheels at Esplanade, then take an in-depth tour of Hervey Bay Historical Village & Museum, and then admire the natural beauty at Hervey Bay Botanic Gardens.

To see photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Hervey Bay vacation site .

Getting from Hamilton Island to Hervey Bay by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry, bus, and train; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Traveling from Hamilton Island in June, expect a bit cooler with lows of 14°C in Hervey Bay. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Hervey Bay

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

Brennan and Geraghty's Store Museum
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Brennan and Geraghty's Store Museum ©

5
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.
Relax by the water at Bronte Beach and Balmoral Beach, Mosman. Get some cultural insight at Cremorne Point to Mosman Bay Walk and St. Mary's Cathedral. Venture out of the city with trips to Featherdale Wildlife Park (in Blacktown), Terrigal Beach (in Terrigal) and Berrima District Museum (in Berrima). The adventure continues: take in the awesome beauty at Blue Mountains, pause for some photo ops at Emden Gun, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Matthew's on the Corso, and trek along Manly Scenic Walkway.

To find maps, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Sydney trip planner .

Fly from Hervey Bay to Sydney in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. While traveling from Hervey Bay, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Sydney, ranging from highs of 21°C to lows of 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Katoomba, St Matthew's on the Corso, Featherdale Wildlife Park, Berrima District Museum, Govetts Leap
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Bronte Beach ©
Bronte Beach
Featherdale Wildlife Park ©
Featherdale Wildlife Park
Balmoral Beach, Mosman ©
Balmoral Beach, Mosman

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