18 days in Australia Itinerary

18 days in Australia Itinerary

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18 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Toronto
Fly + Drive:  33​h
1
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)
— 3 nights
+3
bus + foot + Fly + shuttle:  11​h 15​min
2
Port Douglas
— 1 night
bus:  1​h 15​min
3
Cairns
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
4
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
5
Melbourne
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 30​min
6
Sydney
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
7
Canberra
— 1 night
Fly:  24​h
End: Toronto

3
nights
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) ©
Jabiru is a town in the Northern Territory of Australia. Do some cultural sightseeing at Ubirr and Cahills Crossing. Step out of the city life by going to Yellow Water and Nourlangie Rock. Spend the 4th (Tue) exploring nature at Jarrangbarnmi / Koolpin Gorge. The adventure continues: take in the dramatic natural features at Maguk Gorge, make a trip to Bardedjilidji Walk, and identify plant and animal life at Anbangbang Billabong.

For reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) sightseeing website .

Toronto, Canada to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) is an approximately 33-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Australian Central Standard Time (Northern Territory) (ACST), which is usually a 14 hour difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Kakadu National Park
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Maguk Gorge ©
Maguk Gorge
Ubirr ©
Ubirr
Nourlangie Rock ©
Nourlangie Rock

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 6th (Thu): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On the 7th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour.

To see ratings, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, use the Port Douglas sightseeing planner .

Traveling by combination of bus, flight, and shuttle from Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) to Port Douglas takes 11.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, flight, and shuttle; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in December, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris

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 8th (Sat), get interesting insight from Tours. Keep things going the next day: admire all the interesting features of Hartley's Crocodile Adventures and then enjoy the sand and surf at Palm Cove Beach.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Cairns trip simple and quick.

Traveling by car from Port Douglas to Cairns takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. In December, daytime highs in Cairns are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Palm Cove
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach

2
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.
On the 10th (Mon), trek along Uluru Hiking Path, then get your bearings at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, then identify plant and animal life at Kuniya Walk, and finally explore the striking landscape at Uluru. Keep things going the next day: take in the exciting artwork at Walkatjara Art, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Kata Tjuta, and then head outdoors with Walpa Gorge.

For where to stay, ratings, photos, and tourist information, go to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip itinerary maker app .

You can fly from Cairns to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. While traveling from Cairns, 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. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature
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Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga ©
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga
Kuniya Walk ©
Kuniya Walk

1
night
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Wed): explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Victoria, make a trip to Shrine of Remembrance, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Melbourne Museum, steep yourself in history at Old Melbourne Gaol, and then see the interesting displays at Federation Square.

To find more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Melbourne trip app .

Getting from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Melbourne by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: 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. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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National Gallery of Victoria ©
National Gallery of Victoria
Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum

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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.
Escape the urban bustle at Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk and Bondi Beach. Museum-lovers will appreciate Australian National Maritime Museum and Gannon House Gallery. The adventure continues: wander the streets of The Rocks, stroll through Manly Beach, explore the world behind art at Brett Whiteley Studio, and contemplate the long history of Elizabeth Bay House.

For ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Sydney trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Sydney takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Melbourne in December, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Sydney, with lows around 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can go by car to Canberra.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Australian National Maritime Museum ©

1
night
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 17th (Mon), contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Burley Griffin and then take an in-depth tour of Australian War Memorial.

To find traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Canberra online trip itinerary builder .

You can drive from Sydney to Canberra in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Sydney in December since evenings lows in Canberra dip to 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Canberra

Nature Parks Museums
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Australian War Memorial ©
Australian War Memorial
Lake Burley Griffin ©
Lake Burley Griffin

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