18 days in Australia Itinerary

18 days in Australia Itinerary

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18 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Manila, Luzon
Fly:  11​h 15​min
1
Brisbane
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Gold Coast
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Sydney
— 4 nights
bus:  3​h 30​min
4
Canberra
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 30​min
5
Melbourne
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  4​h 30​min
6
Coonawarra
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  4​h 15​min
7
Adelaide
— 3 nights
Fly:  13​h
End: Manila, Luzon

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): make a trip to Boggo Road Gaol (Jail), admire the masterpieces at Queensland Art Gallery, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Shorncliffe Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue): identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary and then take a stroll through Queen Street Mall.

To find maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Brisbane trip site .

Manila, Philippines to Brisbane is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference moving from Philippines Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) is 2 hours. Traveling from Manila in September, you will find days in Brisbane are little chillier (28°C), and nights are colder (15°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to go by car to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Neighborhoods Shopping
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Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Boggo Road Gaol (Jail) ©
Boggo Road Gaol (Jail)
Queen Street Mall ©
Queen Street Mall

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Wed): explore the striking landscape of Natural Bridge. Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Kurrawa Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Burleigh Head National Park, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Kirra Beach.

To find more things to do, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read Gold Coast online tour planner .

Drive from Brisbane to Gold Coast in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In September, daily temperatures in Gold Coast can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Nature Beaches
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Kurrawa Beach ©
Kurrawa Beach
Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park
Kirra Beach ©
Kirra 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.
Get in touch with nature at Bondi Beach and Manly Beach. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at The Rocks and Brett Whiteley Studio. There's lots more to do: see a show at Sydney Opera House, stop by DUX Collection Sydney, get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and take a stroll through Darling Harbour.

For where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Sydney trip itinerary maker app .

Traveling by flight from Gold Coast to Sydney takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In September, daytime highs in Sydney are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Canberra.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Dolphin & Whale Watching
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
The Rocks ©
The Rocks

1
night
Canberra

Canberra ©
A planned city with streets laid out in elaborate, geometric patterns and founded specifically to serve as the capital of the emerging Australian state, Canberra has a self-sufficient atmosphere.
On the 9th (Mon), take in the exciting artwork at Bungendore Wood Works Gallery, take an in-depth tour of Australian War Memorial, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at ANZAC Parade Walk. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the long history of Lanyon Homestead, then get curious at Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex, and then pause for some serene contemplation at St John the Baptist Church.

To see photos, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read Canberra trip maker site .

Getting from Sydney to Canberra by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Sydney in September: high temperatures in Canberra hover around 20°C and lows are around 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Canberra

Museums Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex, Bungendore Wood Works Gallery
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Australian War Memorial ©
Australian War Memorial
ANZAC Parade Walk
ANZAC Parade Walk

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 11th (Wed): stop by Yarra Valley Chocolaterie & Ice Creamery, examine the collection at Melbourne Museum, then brush up on your military savvy at Shrine of Remembrance, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck 88. Keep things going the next day: explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Victoria and then take a stroll through Melbourne Central.

To see ratings, reviews, maps, and tourist information, go to the Melbourne trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Canberra to Melbourne takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Canberra in September, Melbourne is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to travel to Coonawarra.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums Shopping Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Yarra Valley Chocolaterie & Ice Creamery
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Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance
Melbourne Central ©
Melbourne Central

2
nights
Coonawarra

Coonawarra ©
Coonawarra is a small town north of Penola in South Australia. Start off your visit on the 13th (Fri): do a tasting at Bowen Estate Coonawarra, do a tasting at Menzies Wine Room & Retreat, do a tasting at Wynns Coonawarra Estate, then do a tasting at The Blok Coonawarra, then do a tasting at Katnook Estate, and finally do a tasting at Whistle Post Wines. Keep things going the next day: pick up a one of a kind souvenir at Jill's Vintage, contemplate the long history of Sharam Cottage, then contemplate the long history of Petticoat Lane, and finally do a tasting at Leconfield Coonawarra.

To see maps, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read Coonawarra journey planner.

Explore your travel options from Melbourne to Coonawarra with the Route module. In September, daytime highs in Coonawarra are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Coonawarra

Wineries Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

Penola
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The Blok Coonawarra ©
The Blok Coonawarra
Wynns Coonawarra Estate ©
Wynns Coonawarra Estate
Katnook Coonawarra ©
Katnook Coonawarra

3
nights
Adelaide

Adelaide ©
Adelaide exists contentedly as a cultured, diverse, and attractive city with a laid-back center, leafy residential districts, and an underlying cosmopolitan atmosphere.
On the 15th (Sun), learn about winemaking at Rockford Winery, do a tasting at Chateau Tanunda, and then indulge your taste buds at Langmeil Winery. On the 16th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Henley Beach, do a tasting at Wirra Wirra Vineyards, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Aldinga Beach.

To see where to stay and tourist information, use the Adelaide trip planner .

Explore your travel options from Coonawarra to Adelaide with the Route module. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Adelaide when traveling from Coonawarra in September, with lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Tue) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Adelaide

Beaches Wineries Parks

Side Trips

Tanunda, Wirra Wirra Vineyards, Henley Beach, Aldinga Beach
Find places to stay Sep 14 — 17:
Highlights from your plan
Langmeil Winery ©
Langmeil Winery
Aldinga Beach ©
Aldinga Beach
Henley Beach ©
Henley Beach

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