18 days in Australia Itinerary

18 days in Australia Itinerary

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18 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Toronto
Fly:  23​h 30​min
1
Brisbane
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Whitsunday Island
— 1 night
Travel:  3​h
3
Hamilton Island
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
4
Cairns
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
5
Adelaide
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
6
Melbourne
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
7
Sydney
— 1 night
Fly:  25​h
End: Toronto

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Mon): look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, wander the streets of West End, and then steep yourself in history at Boggo Road Gaol. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sand and surf at Dicky Beach and then shop like a local with Queen Street Mall.

To find ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Brisbane road trip website .

Toronto, Canada to Brisbane is an approximately 23.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight, bus, and train. You'll lose 15 hours traveling from Toronto to Brisbane due to the time zone difference. In March, Brisbane is much hotter than Toronto - with highs of 32°C and lows of 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to travel to Whitsunday Island.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Neighborhoods Outdoors

Side Trip

Dicky Beach
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Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Boggo Road Gaol (Jail) ©
Boggo Road Gaol (Jail)
West End ©
West End

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Whitsunday Island

Whitsunday Island ©
On the 20th (Wed), enjoy the sand and surf at Whitehaven Beach and then identify plant and animal life at Whitsunday Islands National Park.

To find other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read Whitsunday Island trip builder site .

Traveling by flight from Brisbane to Whitsunday Island takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a train. In March in Whitsunday Island, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 25°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to travel to Hamilton Island.

Things to do in Whitsunday Island

Parks Wildlife Nature
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Whitehaven Beach ©
Whitehaven Beach
Whitsunday Islands National Park ©
Whitsunday Islands National Park

2
nights
Hamilton Island

Hamilton Island ©
A trip to Hamilton Island takes you to a car-free destination mostly covered in bushland.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Thu): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire all the interesting features of Go-Kart Racing Track, then view the masterpieces at Hamilton Island Art Gallery, and then kick back and relax at Catseye Beach.

For more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Hamilton Island driving holiday app .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Whitsunday Island to Hamilton Island. March in Hamilton Island sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 28°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Hamilton Island

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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Catseye Beach ©
Catseye Beach
Hamilton Island Art Gallery ©
Hamilton Island Art Gallery
Go-Kart Racing Track ©
Go-Kart Racing Track

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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.
Explore hidden gems such as Palm Cove Beach and St Mary’s by The Sea chapel. Get outdoors at Scuba & Snorkeling and Four Mile Beach. Take a break from Cairns with a short trip to Hartley's Crocodile Adventures in Palm Cove, about 44 minutes away.

To find ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Cairns travel itinerary planner .

Traveling by flight from Hamilton Island to Cairns takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of ferry, bus, and train. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in March, and nighttime lows around 27°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can travel to Adelaide.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Port Douglas
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

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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.
Take a break from the city and head to Carrickalinga Beach and River Torrens Linear Park Trail. Get some cultural insight at Chateau Tanunda and North Terrace. Change things up with these side-trips from Adelaide: Wirra Wirra Vineyards (in McLaren Vale) and Aldinga Beach (in Aldinga Beach). The adventure continues: stroll through Glenelg Beach and enjoy the sand and surf at Henley Beach.

For ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Adelaide online vacation planner .

You can fly from Cairns to Adelaide in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Cairns in March, expect Adelaide to be little chillier, temps between 30°C and 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Adelaide

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Henley Beach, Glenelg Beach, Chateau Tanunda, Carrickalinga Beach, Wirra Wirra Vineyards
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Aldinga Beach ©
Aldinga Beach
Henley Beach ©
Henley Beach
Glenelg Beach ©
Glenelg Beach

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Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Get a sense of the local culture at Shrine of Remembrance and National Gallery of Victoria. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Eastern Beach Reserve and 13th Beach. The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum, get engrossed in the history at Immigration Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of St Paul's Cathedral, and take a stroll through Degraves Street.

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

Traveling by flight from Adelaide to Melbourne takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In March, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sun) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Eastern Beach Reserve, 13th Beach
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Eastern Beach Reserve ©
Eastern Beach Reserve
St. Patrick's Cathedral ©
St. Patrick's Cathedral
St Paul's Cathedral ©
St Paul's Cathedral

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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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at Balmoral Beach, Mosman and then identify plant and animal life at North Head Sanctuary.

To see reviews, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Sydney journey planner .

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Sydney takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Traveling from Melbourne in March, Sydney is a bit warmer at night with lows of 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Balmoral Beach, Mosman, North Head Sanctuary
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Balmoral Beach, Mosman ©
Balmoral Beach, Mosman
North Head Sanctuary ©
North Head Sanctuary

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