18 days in Australia Itinerary

18 days in Australia Itinerary

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18 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  35​h
1
Yulara
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
2
Cairns
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
3
Gold Coast
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
4
Sydney
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
5
Melbourne
— 3 nights
Fly:  24​h
End: London

2
nights
Yulara

Yulara ©
Yulara takes its name from the local Aboriginal words for "howling" and "dingoes," which conveys the town's isolated location in the Outback.
On the 14th (Sun), don't miss a visit to Field of Light, then explore the striking landscape at Kata Tjuta, and then get outside with Walpa Gorge. On your second day here, identify plant and animal life at Red Desert Reptiles, then get engrossed in the history at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, then trek along Kuniya Walk, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Mutitjulu Waterhole.

To see reviews, photos, maps, and other tourist information, use the Yulara trip builder app .

London, UK to Yulara is an approximately 35-hour combination of car and flight. Traveling from London to Yulara, you'll lose 9 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for warmer temperatures traveling from London in November, with highs in Yulara at 41°C and lows at 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Yulara

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
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Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga ©
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga
Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre ©
Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre
Kuniya Walk ©
Kuniya Walk

3
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.
Get in touch with nature at Atherton Tablelands and Behana Gorge Waterfall. Historic Village Herberton and St Monica's Cathedral will appeal to history buffs. Change things up with these side-trips from Cairns: Malanda Falls (in Malanda) and Babinda Boulders (in Babinda). There's much more to do: learn about all things military at The Australian Armour & Artillery Museum, don't miss a visit to Captain Cook Highway Rock Stacks, explore the world behind art at Samurai Gallery Australia, and view the masterpieces at Cairns Art Gallery.

To find ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Cairns online trip itinerary maker .

You can fly from Yulara to Cairns in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. While traveling from Yulara, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Cairns, ranging from highs of 36°C to lows of 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Cairns

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trips

Babinda Boulders, Malanda Falls, Historic Village Herberton
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Historic Village Herberton ©
Historic Village Herberton
Atherton Tablelands ©
Atherton Tablelands
Babinda Boulders ©
Babinda Boulders

3
nights
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Greenmount Beach and Stand-Up Paddleboarding. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre and Captain Cook Memorial and Lighthouse. There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Burleigh Head National Park, explore the striking landscape of Tamborine Mountain, tour the pleasant surroundings at Kirra Beach, and kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To find maps, reviews, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Gold Coast journey app .

Traveling by flight from Cairns to Gold Coast takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Cairns in November, expect Gold Coast to be little chillier, temps between 30°C and 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre, Stand-Up Paddleboarding
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Greenmount Beach ©
Greenmount Beach
Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Cremorne Point to Mosman Bay Walk and Dolphin & Whale Watching. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like The Rocks and Darling Harbour. Next up on the itinerary: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, hike along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, enjoy the sand and surf at Manly Beach, and stroll through Bondi Beach.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Sydney trip itinerary builder tool .

Getting from Gold Coast to Sydney by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In November, daily temperatures in Sydney can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Dolphin & Whale Watching
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The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House

3
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 William Ricketts Sanctuary and Melbourne Museum. Take a break from the city and head to Royal Botanic Gardens and St Kilda beach. There's still lots to do: pause for some serene contemplation at St Paul's Cathedral, get outside with Australian Rules Football Match, explore the world behind art at ArtVo, and get a sense of history and politics at Parliament House of Victoria.

For traveler tips, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Melbourne online itinerary planner .

You can fly from Sydney to Melbourne in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Sydney in November, expect little chillier with lows of 11°C in Melbourne. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

William Ricketts Sanctuary
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William Ricketts Sanctuary ©
William Ricketts Sanctuary
ArtVo ©
ArtVo
St Paul's Cathedral ©
St Paul's Cathedral

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