18 days in Australia Itinerary

18 days in Australia Itinerary

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18 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Houston
Fly:  17​h 30​min
1
Sydney
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Gold Coast
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
3
Brisbane
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
4
Hamilton Island
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
5
Cairns
— 4 nights
Fly:  6​h
6
Sydney
— 1 night
Fly:  16​h 30​min
End: Houston

4
nights
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at The Rocks and Sydney Opera House. Get in touch with nature at Dolphin & Whale Watching and Bondi Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Sydney: Nan Tien Temple (in Wollongong) and Wentworth Falls (in Katoomba). Next up on the itinerary: take a stroll through Darling Harbour, admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, admire the masterpieces at Art Gallery of New South Wales, and admire the striking features of Olympia Milk Bar.

For maps, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Sydney trip itinerary builder .

Houston, USA to Sydney is an approximately 21-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 16 hours traveling from Houston to Sydney. Traveling from Houston in July, expect Sydney to be much colder, temps between 65°F and 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Neighborhoods Wildlife

Side Trips

Wentworth Falls, Nan Tien Temple
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Nan Tien Temple ©
Nan Tien Temple
The Rocks ©
The Rocks

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Sat): explore the striking landscape of Natural Bridge. Here are some ideas for day two: view the masterpieces at Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at New Govardhana Australia.

For more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Gold Coast driving holiday planning site .

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Gold Coast takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 69°F in July, and nighttime lows around 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Brisbane.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

New Govardhana Australia, Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre
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New Govardhana Australia ©
New Govardhana Australia

3
nights
Brisbane

Brisbane ©
Queensland’s biggest town and state capital, Brisbane has an attractive, manicured image based around its riverside aesthetic as well as the contrast between its high-rise center and extensive urban greenery.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Mon): examine the collection at Queensland Maritime Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nepalese Pagoda, then admire the masterpieces at Queensland Art Gallery, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Old St Stephen's Catholic Church (Pugin Chapel). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Tue): steep yourself in history at Boggo Road Gaol (Jail), look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, and then get your game on at Zoccer Sports - Bubble Soccer.

For traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read Brisbane online journey planner .

Drive from Gold Coast to Brisbane in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In July, daily temperatures in Brisbane can reach 69°F, while at night they dip to 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Hamilton Island.

Things to do in Brisbane

Museums Parks Wildlife
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Queensland Art Gallery ©
Queensland Art Gallery
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary

2
nights
Hamilton Island

Hamilton Island ©
A trip to Hamilton Island takes you to a car-free destination mostly covered in bushland.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Wed): get interesting insight from Tours. On the 18th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the exciting artwork at Hamilton Island Art Gallery, enjoy the sand and surf at Catseye Beach, and then get outside with Jetryder.

To find where to stay, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Hamilton Island itinerary planning app .

Traveling by flight from Brisbane to Hamilton Island takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Traveling from Brisbane in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Hamilton Island, with lows of 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Fri) to allow time for travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Hamilton Island

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Catseye Beach ©
Catseye Beach
Hamilton Island Art Gallery ©
Hamilton Island Art Gallery
Go-Kart Racing Track ©
Go-Kart Racing Track

4
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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.
Explore hidden gems such as Shark Diving and The Australian Armour & Artillery Museum. Visiting Hartley's Crocodile Adventures and Nature & Wildlife Tours will get you outdoors. When in Cairns, make a side trip to see St Mary’s by The Sea chapel in Port Douglas, approximately 1h 25 min away. There's still lots to do: hike along Esplanade Boardwalk and take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Monica's Cathedral.

To find photos, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Cairns travel itinerary planner.

You can fly from Hamilton Island to Cairns in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of ferry and train. Traveling from Hamilton Island in July, expect nights in Cairns to be about the same, around 64°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 79°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Tue) to allow time for travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

St Mary’s by The Sea chapel, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
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Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Shark Diving

1
night
Sydney

Sydney
To see other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Sydney travel planner.

Fly from Cairns to Sydney in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In July, Sydney is a bit cooler than Cairns - with highs of 65°F and lows of 47°F. On the 24th (Wed), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Tours Nightlife
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