18 days in Australia Itinerary

18 days in Australia Itinerary

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18 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Leipzig
+2
Fly + shuttle + bus:  29​h
1
Cape Tribulation
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
2
Cairns
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
3
Sydney
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
4
Kangaroo Island
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
5
Melbourne
— 4 nights
Fly:  26​h
End: Leipzig

1
night
Cape Tribulation

Cape Tribulation ©
A lush headland that's part of the forested Daintree Region, Cape Tribulation was so named by Lieutenant--later Captain--Cook in 1770, when his ship ran aground in the area.
On the 22nd (Fri), enjoy the sand and surf at Myall Beach and then delve into the lush surroundings at Daintree Rainforest - Cooper Creek Wilderness. Here are some ideas for day two: identify plant and animal life at Daintree National Park.

To find more things to do, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Cape Tribulation trip itinerary builder site .

Leipzig, Germany to Cape Tribulation is an approximately 29-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central European Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland), which is usually a 9 hour difference. Prepare for warmer weather when traveling from Leipzig in February: high temperatures in Cape Tribulation hover around 36°C and lows are around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

Parks Wildlife Nature
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Daintree National Park ©
Daintree National Park
Myall Beach ©
Myall Beach

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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Sun): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: experience rural life at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures and then stroll through Palm Cove Beach.

For ratings, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Cairns road trip app .

Do a combination of car, ferry, and bus from Cape Tribulation to Cairns in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, ferry, and shuttle; or drive. In February, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to travel to Sydney.

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

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Bondi Beach and Manly Beach. Your inner history buff will appreciate The Rocks and Government House. There's lots more to do: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, steep yourself in history at Justice & Police Museum, hike along The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk, and take in nature's colorful creations at The Royal Botanic Garden.

For where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Sydney trip builder website .

Traveling by flight from Cairns to Sydney takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Cairns in February, things will get slightly colder in Sydney: highs are around 31°C and lows about 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can travel to Kangaroo Island.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House

2
nights
Kangaroo Island

Kangaroo Island ©
Abandoned by Aborigines a few thousand years ago, Kangaroo Island attracts over 140,000 visitors each year.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Sun): explore the striking landscape of Flinders Chase National Park. On the 4th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: identify plant and animal life at Raptor Domain and then look for all kinds of wild species at Seal Bay Conservation Park.

To see maps, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Kangaroo Island trip planner.

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Sydney to Kangaroo Island in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus, car, and ferry. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Kangaroo Island

Wildlife Parks Nature
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Flinders Chase National Park ©
Flinders Chase National Park
Raptor Domain ©
Raptor Domain
Seal Bay Conservation Park ©
Seal Bay Conservation Park

4
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Shrine of Remembrance and Melbourne Museum. Old Melbourne Gaol and Scots Church will appeal to history buffs. There's much more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Melbourne Zoo, kick back and relax at Sandridge Beach, and don't miss a visit to Flinders Street Station.

To see traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read Melbourne road trip app .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Kangaroo Island to Melbourne takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of taxi, ferry, bus, and train. In March in Melbourne, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

St. Kilda Beach
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Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance
Old Melbourne Gaol ©
Old Melbourne Gaol

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