18 days in Australia Itinerary

18 days in Australia Itinerary

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18 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Panama City
+2
Fly + foot + train:  28​h
1
Gold Coast
— 1 day
Fly:  5​h 15​min
2
Cairns
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 15​min
3
Darwin
— 1 night
Fly:  10​h 45​min
4
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 45​min
5
Melbourne
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
6
Hobart
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 30​min
7
Canberra
— 1 day
Drive:  3​h 15​min
8
Sydney
— 5 nights
Fly:  27​h
End: Panama City


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1
day
Gold Coast

Gold Coast ©
A city of towering skyscrapers, sandy beaches, and tree-lined streets, Gold Coast has an unpretentious air complemented by a citywide focus on sports and the arts.
On the 1st (Sat), identify plant and animal life at David Fleay Wildlife Park, then enjoy the sand and surf at Burleigh Heads Beach, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Surfer's Paradise Beach.

To see reviews, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, use the Gold Coast trip itinerary planning site .

Panama City, Panama to Gold Coast is an approximately 28-hour combination of flight and train. Traveling from Panama City to Gold Coast, you'll lose 15 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Panama City in June: highs in Gold Coast hover around 24°C, while lows dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) to allow time to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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David Fleay Wildlife Park ©
David Fleay Wildlife Park
Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Surfers Paradise Beach ©
Surfers Paradise Beach

1
night
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 2nd (Sun), pause for some serene contemplation at St Monica's Cathedral, then trek along Esplanade Boardwalk, and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at Palm Cove Beach, relax in the rural setting at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, then learn about all things military at The Australian Armour & Artillery Museum, and finally kick back and relax at Trinity Beach.

For traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Cairns sightseeing planner.

You can fly from Gold Coast to Cairns in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Gold Coast in June, things will get a bit warmer in Cairns: highs are around 30°C and lows about 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to travel to Darwin.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Trinity Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk

1
night
Darwin

The smallest of Australia’s state capitals, Darwin has nevertheless become an attractive and important urban center, being simultaneously one of the country’s most modernized cities and a gateway to both the Top End region and South East Asia.
To see other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read our Darwin trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Cairns to Darwin in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Cairns in June, plan for somewhat warmer days in Darwin, with highs around 36°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Darwin

Tours Wildlife Outdoors
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Nature & Wildlife Tours

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Wed): go for a walk through Field of Light, go for a walk through Lungkata Walk, identify plant and animal life at Kuniya Walk, explore the activities along Mutitjulu Waterhole, then explore the striking landscape at Uluru, and finally hike along Uluru Hiking Path. Keep things going the next day: take an in-depth tour of Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, take in the exciting artwork at Walkatjara Art, then head outdoors with Walpa Gorge, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Kata Tjuta, and finally admire the verdant scenery at Valley of the Winds.

For ratings and tourist information, use the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by flight from Darwin to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park takes 11 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect much colder temperatures when traveling from Darwin in June; daily highs in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park reach 22°C and lows reach 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta ©
Kata Tjuta
Valley of the Winds ©
Valley of the Winds

2
nights
Melbourne

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Appreciate the collections at Melbourne Museum and Italian Museum and Historical Society. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Shrine of Remembrance and The Johnston Collection. Spend the 9th (Sun) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's much more to do: explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Victoria, enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck 88, identify plant and animal life at Warrandyte State Park, and stroll through St. Kilda Beach.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Melbourne trip builder tool .

Traveling by flight from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Melbourne takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. While traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Melbourne, ranging from highs of 16°C to lows of 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Hobart.

Things to do in Melbourne

Wildlife Tours Parks

Side Trip

St. Kilda Beach
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum

1
night
Hobart

Hobart ©
Snaking up the side of a rounded, tree-dotted hill, Hobart sits between Tasmania’s sprawling mountains and the vast estuary of the River Derwent.
For ratings, photos, and more tourist information, use the Hobart route builder app .

Fly from Melbourne to Hobart in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In June, daytime highs in Hobart are 15°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to travel to Canberra.

Things to do in Hobart

Museums Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trips

Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary, Museum of Old and New Art
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Museum of Old and New Art ©
Museum of Old and New Art
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary
Cascades Female Factory Historic Site ©

1
day
Canberra

Canberra ©
A planned city with streets laid out in elaborate, geometric patterns and founded specifically to serve as the capital of the emerging Australian state, Canberra has a self-sufficient atmosphere.
On the 11th (Tue), explore the activities along Lake Burley Griffin, admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Australia, get engrossed in the history at Australian War Memorial, then identify plant and animal life at Mulligans Flat Woodland Sanctuary, and finally grab your bike and head to One Tree Hill Lookout Walk (Centenary Trail).

To find maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Canberra tour builder app .

Fly from Hobart to Canberra in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of car and ferry. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Hobart in June since evenings lows in Canberra dip to 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can drive to Sydney.

Things to do in Canberra

Parks Wildlife Museums
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Australian War Memorial ©
Australian War Memorial
National Gallery of Australia ©
National Gallery of Australia
Mulligans Flat Woodland Sanctuary ©
Mulligans Flat Woodland Sanctuary

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.
We've included these beaches for you: Bondi Beach and Manly Beach. Appreciate the collections at Australian National Maritime Museum and Justice & Police Museum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Sydney: Wentworth Falls (in Katoomba), Coachwood Glen Nature Trail (in Megalong Valley) and Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum (in Faulconbridge). Next up on the itinerary: take a stroll through The Rocks, examine the collection at Hyde Park Barracks Museum, explore the world behind art at White Rabbit Gallery, and catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Sydney trip planner .

You can drive from Canberra to Sydney in 3.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Canberra in June: high temperatures in Sydney hover around 21°C and lows are around 11°C. You will have some time to spend on the 16th (Sun) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Wildlife Museums

Side Trips

Logan Brae Orchard, Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum, Blues Point Reserve, North Head Sanctuary, Coachwood Glen Nature Trail
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Manly Beach
Manly Beach

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