18 days in Australia Itinerary

18 days in Australia Itinerary

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18 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Sterling
Fly:  23​h
1
Brisbane
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
2
Cairns
— 3 nights
Fly:  7​h 30​min
3
Hawker
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h 30​min
4
Melbourne
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
5
Sydney
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
6
Brisbane
— 2 nights
Fly:  23​h
End: Sterling

3
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.
Change things up with a short trip to Australia Zoo in Beerwah (about 1h 35 min away). There's more to do: get in on the family fun at Wheel of Brisbane.

To find where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Brisbane online trip builder .

Sterling, USA to Brisbane is an approximately 23-hour flight. You'll lose 15 hours traveling from Sterling to Brisbane due to the time zone difference. In August, Brisbane is slightly colder than Sterling - with highs of 25°C and lows of 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Brisbane

Outdoors Zoos & Aquariums Parks

Side Trip

Australia Zoo
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Australia Zoo ©
Australia Zoo

3
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.
Visiting Scuba & Snorkeling and Daintree Discovery Tours will get you outdoors. Take a break from Cairns with a short trip to Palm Cove Beach in Palm Cove, about 32 minutes away.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Cairns road trip planning site .

Traveling by flight from Brisbane to Cairns takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In August, Cairns is somewhat warmer than Brisbane - with highs of 31°C and lows of 20°C. You'll set off for Hawker on the 19th (Mon).

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Palm Cove Beach, Daintree Discovery Tours
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Daintree Discovery Tours ©
Daintree Discovery Tours
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach

2
nights
Hawker

Hawker ©
Hawker is a town in the Flinders Ranges area of South Australia, 365km north of Adelaide. To find photos, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, use the Hawker trip itinerary site .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Cairns to Hawker. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Hawker

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trip

Flinders Ranges National Park
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Wilpena Pound ©
Wilpena Pound

3
nights
Melbourne

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Melbourne is known for museums, shopping, parks, nightlife, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum, take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck 88, take a memorable tour with Tours, and observe the fascinating underwater world at SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium.

To see reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Melbourne road trip tool .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Hawker to Melbourne. August in Melbourne sees daily highs of 16°C and lows of 6°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Tours Outdoors Museums
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Balloon Rides
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum
Eureka Skydeck 88 ©
Eureka Skydeck 88

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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Sat): stroll through Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Bondi Beach, then look for all kinds of wild species at Green Point Reserve, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney.

To see where to stay, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read our Sydney trip itinerary website .

You can fly from Melbourne to Sydney in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Melbourne in August, with highs in Sydney at 22°C and lows at 11°C. On the 26th (Mon), you'll travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Sydney

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

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Brisbane

Brisbane ©
On the 26th (Mon), let little ones run wild at South Bank Parklands and then examine the collection at Opal Museum. On the next day, look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary and then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Ballistic Beer Co.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read our Brisbane route planner.

You can fly from Sydney to Brisbane in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. On the 28th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Fun & Games Wildlife
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Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Opal Museum ©
Opal Museum
Newstead House ©
Newstead House

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