18 days in Australia Itinerary

18 days in Australia Itinerary

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18 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly + bus:  11​h 30​min
1
Margaret River
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  8​h 45​min
2
Broome
— 3 nights
Fly + train:  10​h 30​min
3
Jervis Bay
— 1 night
train:  4​h 15​min
4
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
5
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
6
Cairns
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h
End: Brisbane

2
nights
Margaret River

Margaret River ©
A low-rise, laid-back town of approximately 4,500 inhabitants, Margaret River serves as an ideal local base to explore the surrounding wine region.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Vasse Felix Winery and Providore. Take a break from the city and head to Surfers Point and Sugarloaf Rock. Change things up with a short trip to Injidup Beach in Yallingup (about 32 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Gnarabup Beach, identify plant and animal life at Eagles Heritage Wildlife Centre, stroll through Margaret River Mouth Beach, and look for gifts at Margaret River Venison Farm.

To see where to stay, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Margaret River trip planner .

Melbourne to Margaret River is an approximately 11.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also drive. Traveling from Melbourne to Margaret River, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to travel to Broome.

Things to do in Margaret River

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Vasse Felix Winery, Providore, Injidup Beach, Surfers Point, Sugarloaf Rock
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Sugarloaf Rock ©
Sugarloaf Rock
Gnarabup Beach ©
Gnarabup Beach
Surfers Point ©
Surfers Point

3
nights
Broome

Broome ©
A relaxed town of tree-shaded streets and scenic coastal stretches, Broome gained renown as a center of the pearling industry in the late 19th century.
Get some cultural insight at SSJG Heritage Centre and The Courthouse Collection. Take a break from the city and head to Cable Beach and Broome Bird Observatory. The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at Malcolm Douglas Crocodile Park and Animal Refuge, get interesting insight from Tours, pause for some serene contemplation at Our Lady Queen of Peace Cathedral, and explore and take pictures at Gantheaume Point.

To see ratings, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Broome online holiday planner .

Do a combination of bus and flight from Margaret River to Broome in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In January, daytime highs in Broome are 39°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Jervis Bay.

Things to do in Broome

Parks Outdoors Wildlife
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Broome Bird Observatory ©
Broome Bird Observatory
Malcolm Douglas Crocodile Park ©
Malcolm Douglas Crocodile Park
Gantheaume Point ©
Gantheaume Point

1
night
Jervis Bay

Jervis Bay ©
A trip to Jervis Bay will take you to the southern coast of New South Wales, known for allegedly boasting some of the whitest sands in the world.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Mon): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Abrahams Bosom Reserve, then kick back and relax at Greenfield Beach, and then kick back and relax at Blenheim Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue): kick back and relax at Nelson Beach and then kick back and relax at Bendalong Beach.

For ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Jervis Bay tour itinerary planning tool .

Traveling by combination of flight, train, and bus from Broome to Jervis Bay takes 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, taxi, and bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference moving from Australian Western Standard Time (AWST) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) (AEST) is 2 hours. In January, Jervis Bay is a bit cooler than Broome - with highs of 32°C and lows of 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) early enough to take a train to Sydney.

Things to do in Jervis Bay

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Bendalong Beach, Abrahams Bosom Reserve
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Abrahams Bosom Reserve ©
Abrahams Bosom Reserve
Bendalong Beach ©
Bendalong Beach
Greenfield Beach ©
Greenfield Beach

3
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.
We've included these beaches for you: Bondi Beach and Camp Cove. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Shelly Beach and Dolphin & Whale Watching. There's still lots to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of The Rocks, see a show at Sydney Opera House, wander the streets of Darling Harbour, and hike along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk.

For ratings, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Sydney driving holiday planning site .

Getting from Jervis Bay to Sydney by train takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Jervis Bay in January since evenings lows in Sydney dip to 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Shelly Beach
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Darling Harbour ©
Darling Harbour
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
The Rocks ©
The Rocks

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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Sat): admire all the interesting features of Uluru, hike along Kuniya Walk, then view the masterpieces at Walkatjara Art, then take an in-depth tour of Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, and finally trek along Uluru Hiking Path. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Sun): head outdoors with Walpa Gorge, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Kata Tjuta, and then get a new perspective on nature at Wintjiri Arts + Museum.

For more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park online driving holiday planner .

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Sydney in January, you will find days in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park are somewhat warmer (43°C), and nights are about the same (26°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Wintjiri Arts + Museum
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Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga ©
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga
Kuniya Walk ©
Kuniya Walk

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Palm Cove Beach and Michaelmas Cay. Escape the urban bustle at Scuba & Snorkeling and Hartley's Crocodile Adventures. Change things up with a short trip to Kayaking & Canoeing in Palm Cove (about 34 minutes away).

To see more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Cairns vacation planner.

You can fly from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Cairns in 3.5 hours. Another option is to drive. Traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in January, you will find days in Cairns are slightly colder (37°C), and nights are about the same (28°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Palm Cove
Find places to stay Jan 27 — 30:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

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