18 days in Australia Itinerary

18 days in Australia Itinerary

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18 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Detroit
Fly:  25​h
1
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h
2
Cairns
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
3
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 3 nights
Fly:  21​h 15​min
4
Exmouth
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
5
Perth
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h 15​min
6
Melbourne
— 2 nights
Fly:  26​h
End: Detroit

3
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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Mon): catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House and then pause for some photo ops at Mrs Macquarie's Chair. On the 30th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sand and surf at Bondi Beach and then get to know the fascinating history of The Rocks.

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

Detroit, USA to Sydney is an approximately 25-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. You'll lose 15 hours traveling from Detroit to Sydney due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Detroit in July, things will get slightly colder in Sydney: highs are around 65°F and lows about 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Wed) early enough to travel to Broome.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
The Rocks ©
The Rocks

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Thu): take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Monica's Cathedral, brush up on your military savvy at The Australian Armour & Artillery Museum, then admire all the interesting features of Red Arrow Walk, and finally admire the sheer force of Josephine Falls. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the striking features of Freshwater Station and then cross one thing off your bucket list with a skydiving experience.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, use the Cairns tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Cairns takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Sydney in July; daily highs in Cairns reach 79°F and lows reach 64°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) early enough to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Cairns

Parks Tours Adventure

Side Trip

Red Arrow Walk
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Josephine Falls ©
Josephine Falls
St Monica's Cathedral ©
St Monica's Cathedral
Skydiving

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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Sat): hike along Kuniya Walk, then explore the activities along Mutitjulu Waterhole, then explore the striking landscape at Uluru, and finally trek along Uluru Hiking Path. Here are some ideas for day two: get outside with Walpa Gorge, take in the awesome beauty at Kata Tjuta, and then take an in-depth tour of Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre.

For maps, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip itinerary builder app .

Traveling by flight from Cairns to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Cairns in August, you will find days in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park are slightly colder (74°F), and nights are much colder (42°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Exmouth.

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
Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre ©

2
nights
Exmouth

Exmouth ©
Exmouth is a town on the tip of the North West Cape in Western Australia. Step off the beaten path and head to Yardie Creek and Charles Knife Canyon. Get outdoors at Shark Diving and Stand-Up Paddleboarding. Change things up with a short trip to Ningaloo Marine Park in Coral Bay (about 52 minutes away). There's more to do: enjoy the sea views from Vlamingh Head Lighthouse.

To find reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read our Exmouth holiday site .

Traveling by flight from Albany to Exmouth takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or drive. In August, Exmouth is somewhat warmer than Albany - with highs of 80°F and lows of 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can travel to Perth.

Things to do in Exmouth

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Ningaloo Marine Park
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Vlamingh Head Lighthouse ©
Vlamingh Head Lighthouse
Ningaloo Marine Park ©
Ningaloo Marine Park
Charles Knife Canyon ©
Charles Knife Canyon

1
night
Perth

Perth ©
A modern metropolis of glassy skyscrapers, waterside boulevards, and lush residential neighborhoods, Perth sits on the edge of the Swan Coastal Plain.
You've now added Rottnest Express to your itinerary. On the 5th (Mon), see majestic marine mammals with Rottnest Express and then take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Mary's Cathedral. On the 6th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sand and surf at City Beach.

For more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Perth trip planner.

Fly from Exmouth to Perth in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or drive. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Exmouth in August: high temperatures in Perth hover around 67°F and lows are around 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Margaret River.

Things to do in Perth

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

City Beach
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City Beach ©
City Beach
St. Mary's Cathedral ©
St. Mary's Cathedral

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 10th (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St Paul's Cathedral and then admire the striking features of Royal Exhibition Building. On the next day, identify plant and animal life at Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park.

For reviews, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Melbourne trip planning app .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Margaret River to Melbourne takes 11.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone difference moving from Australian Western Standard Time (AWST) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Victoria) (AEST) is 2 hours. In August, daytime highs in Melbourne are 57°F, while nighttime lows are 42°F. On the 12th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Museums Wildlife

Side Trip

Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park
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St Paul's Cathedral ©
St Paul's Cathedral
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum

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