18 days in Australia Itinerary

18 days in Australia Itinerary

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18 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg
Fly:  14​h 45​min
1
Sydney
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Leura
— 2 nights
train + Fly:  5​h 45​min
3
Cairns
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
4
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
shuttle + Fly:  5​h 45​min
5
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
6
Melbourne
— 2 nights
Fly:  17​h 30​min
End: Johannesburg

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.
Shop till you drop at Sydney Fish Market and Brett Whiteley Studio. The Rocks and Darling Harbour are good opportunities to explore the local culture. The adventure continues: admire the striking features of Sydney Opera House, make a trip to Queen Victoria Building (QVB), browse the exhibits of Art Gallery of NSW, and take in nature's colorful creations at The Royal Botanic Garden.

For maps, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Sydney trip maker website .

Johannesburg, South Africa to Sydney is an approximately 15-hour combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 8 hours traveling from Johannesburg to Sydney. Traveling from Johannesburg in November, expect a bit warmer with lows of 19°C in Sydney. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Leura.

Things to do in Sydney

Shopping Museums Neighborhoods
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The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Darling Harbour ©
Darling Harbour
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House

2
nights
Leura

Leura ©
Leura is a suburb in the City of Blue Mountains local government area that is located west of the Sydney central business district in New South Wales, Australia. Kick off your visit on the 30th (Sat): explore the galleries of Blue Mountains Cultural Centre, admire the sheer force of Bridal Veil Falls, pick up a one of a kind souvenir at Katoomba Antique Centre, then take in the exciting artwork at Falls Gallery, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of The National Pass. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Sun): explore the world behind art at Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum, view the masterpieces at Gallery One88, browse the exhibits of Lost Bear Gallery, then look for gifts at Teddy Sinclair, and finally buy something for everyone on your list at Leura Mall.

To see ratings, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read Leura trip planner.

Traveling by car from Sydney to Leura takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In November in Leura, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 17°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Leura

Shopping Museums Parks

Side Trips

Katoomba, Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum, The National Pass, Falls Gallery
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Lost Bear Gallery ©
Lost Bear Gallery
The National Pass ©
The National Pass
Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum ©
Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum

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 some cultural insight at Village Gallery and Underart Gallery. Head to Tanks Arts Centre and Michael Seebeck Galleryfor plenty of shopping. Venture out of the city with trips to Tolga Woodworks Gallery & Cafe (in Tolga) and Historic Village Herberton (in Herberton). Spend the 2nd (Mon) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's more to do: view the masterpieces at Doongal Aboriginal Art and buy something for everyone on your list at Stockland Cairns Shopping Centre.

To see photos, reviews, and tourist information, use the Cairns trip itinerary planning tool .

Do a combination of train and flight from Leura to Cairns in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Leura in December since evenings lows in Cairns dip to 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Shopping Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Village Gallery, Historic Village Herberton, Tanks Arts Centre, Tolga Woodworks Gallery & Cafe
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Historic Village Herberton ©
Historic Village Herberton
Tanks Arts Centre ©
Tanks Arts Centre

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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.
On the 5th (Thu), see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On the next day, explore the galleries of Studio 49 Artisan Gallery, get great views at Trinity Bay Lookout, browse the eclectic array of goods at Sunday Market Port Douglas, look for gifts at With Sugar, then explore the galleries of Ngarru Gallery, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Des Spencer Galleries.

To see other places to visit, maps, photos, and tourist information, read Port Douglas itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Cairns to Port Douglas takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. In December, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Scuba & Snorkeling
With Sugar ©
With Sugar
Sunday Market Port Douglas ©
Sunday Market Port Douglas

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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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Walkatjara Art and Kata Tjuta. The adventure continues: explore the striking landscape at Uluru, admire the verdant scenery at Valley of the Winds, contemplate the waterfront views at Mutitjulu Waterhole, and get outside with Walpa Gorge.

To see photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip planner .

Getting from Port Douglas to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park by combination of shuttle and flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive. While traveling from Port Douglas, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, ranging from highs of 42°C to lows of 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Walkatjara Art ©
Walkatjara Art
Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga ©
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga

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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 Central and Shrine of Remembrance are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Lightning Ridge Opal Mines and FortyFiveDownstairs. There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Melbourne Museum, admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, steep yourself in history at Old Melbourne Gaol, and explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Victoria.

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Traveling by flight from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Melbourne takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in December: high temperatures in Melbourne hover around 30°C and lows are around 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums Shopping Historic Sites
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Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum
Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance
Old Melbourne Gaol ©
Old Melbourne Gaol

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