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
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
2
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 4 nights
Fly + shuttle:  5​h 45​min
3
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
4
Cairns
— 3 nights
Fly:  30​h
End: Newark

4
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.
Visiting Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk and Manly Beach will get you outdoors. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Sydney Opera House and The Rocks. There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Bondi Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Coogee Beach, hike along The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk, and snap pictures at Sydney Harbour Bridge.

To find where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Sydney trip itinerary planner.

Newark, USA to Sydney is an approximately 28-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales), which is usually a 15 hour difference. Prepare for warmer weather when traveling from Newark in December: high temperatures in Sydney hover around 81°F and lows are around 65°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

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

4
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.
Get some cultural insight at Uluru and Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre. Get in touch with nature at Kata Tjuta and Walpa Gorge. There's much more to do: explore the activities along Mutitjulu Waterhole, go for a walk through Field of Light, take in the exciting artwork at Walkatjara Art, and hike along Kuniya Walk.

Plan my day in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Sydney in December, you will find days in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park are a bit warmer (97°F), and nights are about the same (70°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can 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

2
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.
Get in touch with nature at Scuba & Snorkeling and Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas. Spend the 21st (Fri) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. It doesn't end there: relax in the rural setting at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures.

To see reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Port Douglas route planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Port Douglas takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in December, you will find days in Port Douglas are slightly colder (88°F), and nights are about the same (73°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can go by car to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Scuba & Snorkeling and The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk. Get a sense of the local culture at Bones and Jones and St Monica's Cathedral. Spend the 23rd (Sun) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's more to do: trek along Esplanade Boardwalk.

To find ratings, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, use the Cairns online route maker .

Traveling by car from Port Douglas to Cairns takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. In December, daytime highs in Cairns are 88°F, while nighttime lows are 73°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk

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