18 days in Australia Itinerary

18 days in Australia Itinerary

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18 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Newark
Fly:  28​h
1
Sydney
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Melbourne
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
3
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 3 nights
Fly + shuttle:  5​h 45​min
4
Port Douglas
— 1 night
bus:  1​h 15​min
5
Cairns
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + foot + bus:  9​h
6
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  33​h
End: Newark

2
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk and Bondi Beach. Do some cultural sightseeing at Sydney Opera House and The Rocks. Next up on the itinerary: take a stroll through Darling Harbour, enjoy the sand and surf at Coogee Beach, admire the natural beauty at The Royal Botanic Garden, and stroll through The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk.

For where to stay, photos, ratings, and tourist information, use the Sydney trip itinerary planner.

Newark, USA to Sydney is an approximately 28-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 15 hours traveling from Newark to Sydney. Traveling from Newark in December, things will get much hotter in Sydney: highs are around 81°F and lows about 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach

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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Thu): examine the collection at Melbourne Museum, brush up on your military savvy at Shrine of Remembrance, and then admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens. Here are some ideas for day two: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Melbourne Zoo, enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck 88, and then choose your vessel at Melbourne Boat Hire.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read Melbourne attractions planner.

Fly from Sydney to Melbourne in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Sydney in December since evenings lows in Melbourne dip to 54°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Museums Zoos & Aquariums
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Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Uluru and Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre. Get outdoors at Kata Tjuta and Mutitjulu Waterhole. The adventure continues: appreciate the views at Valley of the Winds, hike along Uluru Hiking Path, look for all kinds of wild species at Kuniya Walk, and get outside with Walpa Gorge.

To find ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park holiday planner .

Getting from Melbourne to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Melbourne in December; daily highs in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park reach 97°F and lows reach 70°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

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

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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Tue): take a memorable tour with Tours. Here are some ideas for day two: meet the residents at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, experience rural life at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, and then view the masterpieces at Des Spencer Galleries.

To find where to stay, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read our Port Douglas online tour builder .

Do a combination of flight and shuttle from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Port Douglas in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in December, expect nights in Port Douglas to be about the same, around 73°F, while days are little chillier, around 88°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to drive to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas ©
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas

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.
On the 20th (Thu), see some colorful creatures 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.

To see more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Cairns online trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by car from Port Douglas to Cairns takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. December in Cairns sees daily highs of 88°F and lows of 73°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can travel to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park).

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Nature & Wildlife Tours

2
nights
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) ©
Jabiru is a town in the Northern Territory of Australia. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Yellow Water and Ubirr. Visiting Cahills Crossing and Maguk Gorge will get you outdoors. And it doesn't end there: take in the dramatic scenery at Twin Falls, don't miss a visit to Bardedjilidji Walk, and explore the striking landscape at Nourlangie Rock.

To see photos and other tourist information, refer to the Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) visit planner.

Do a combination of flight and bus from Cairns to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Kakadu National Park
Find places to stay Dec 21 — 24:
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Twin Falls ©
Twin Falls
Maguk Gorge ©
Maguk Gorge
Ubirr ©
Ubirr

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