18 days in Australia Itinerary

18 days in Australia Itinerary

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18 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Richmond
Fly:  28​h
1
Cairns
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
2
Brisbane
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
3
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
4
Sydney
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
5
Melbourne
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
6
Hobart
— 3 nights
Fly:  27​h
End: Richmond


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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.
Get in touch with nature at Scuba & Snorkeling and Palm Cove Beach.

To find maps, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Cairns online trip builder .

Richmond, USA to Cairns is an approximately 28-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland), which is usually a 15 hour difference. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Richmond in May since evenings lows in Cairns dip to 69°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Palm Cove Beach
Find places to stay May 4 — 6:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach

4
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Adventure Moreton Island as well as Australia Zoo. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Museum of Brisbane and Ripley's Believe It Or Not! Surfers Paradise. Get outdoors at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary and Pelican Feeding. There's still lots to do: find something for the whole family at Wheel of Brisbane.

For traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Brisbane road trip planning tool .

Fly from Cairns to Brisbane in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In May, Brisbane is slightly colder than Cairns - with highs of 74°F and lows of 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Wildlife

Side Trips

Gold Coast, Australia Zoo
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Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Pelican Feeding ©
Pelican Feeding
Museum of Brisbane ©
Museum of Brisbane

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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at Kuniya Walk, don't miss a visit to Uluru, and then stroll through Uluru Hiking Path. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Sat): get outside with Walpa Gorge, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Kata Tjuta, and then get your bearings at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre.

To find other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park travel planning app .

Traveling by flight from Brisbane to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Brisbane in May, plan for slightly colder nights in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, with lows around 51°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to travel to Sydney.

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

2
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.
Get in touch with nature at Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk and Green Point Reserve. There's more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Bondi Beach and take in nature's colorful creations at The Royal Botanic Garden.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Sydney driving holiday planning tool .

Traveling by flight from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Sydney takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. When traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in May, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Sydney: temperatures range from 70°F by day to 54°F at night. On the 14th (Tue), you're off toMelbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Wildlife
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Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Green Point Reserve ©
Green Point Reserve

2
nights
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 15th (Wed): examine the collection at Melbourne Museum, then take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck 88, and then let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour and then get a taste of the local shopping with Melbourne Central.

To see photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Melbourne online road trip planner .

You can fly from Sydney to Melbourne in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. In May, Melbourne is slightly colder than Sydney - with highs of 63°F and lows of 46°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can travel to Hobart.

Things to do in Melbourne

Tours Outdoors Shopping
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Balloon Rides
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum
Melbourne Central ©
Melbourne Central

3
nights
Hobart

Hobart ©
Snaking up the side of a rounded, tree-dotted hill, Hobart sits between Tasmania’s sprawling mountains and the vast estuary of the River Derwent.
On the 17th (Fri), look for all kinds of wild species at Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Wellington, then indulge your taste buds at Cascade Brewery, and finally take a stroll through North Hobart.

To find more things to do, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Hobart journey planner.

Fly from Melbourne to Hobart in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. May in Hobart sees daily highs of 60°F and lows of 43°F at night. You will leave for home on the 19th (Sun).

Things to do in Hobart

Breweries & Distilleries Historic Sites Neighborhoods
Find places to stay May 16 — 19:
Highlights from your plan
Cascade Brewery ©
Cascade Brewery
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary
Mount Wellington ©
Mount Wellington

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