18 days in Australia Itinerary

18 days in Australia Itinerary

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18 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Newark
Fly:  26​h
1
Sydney
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Lord Howe Island
— 1 night
Fly + shuttle:  7​h 30​min
3
Port Douglas
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Cairns
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
5
Melbourne
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
6
Canberra
— Few hours
Fly:  28​h
End: Newark


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.
Step out of the city life by going to Bondi Beach and Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk. The Rocks and Darling Harbour are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Next up on the itinerary: enjoy some music at Sydney Opera House, explore the world behind art at Australian Centre for Photography, kick back and relax at Coogee Beach, and view the masterpieces at Brett Whiteley Studio.

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Newark, USA to Sydney is an approximately 26-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales), which is usually a 15 hour difference. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Newark in September: high temperatures in Sydney hover around 71°F and lows are around 54°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can travel to Lord Howe Island.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
The Rocks ©
The Rocks

1
night
Lord Howe Island

Lord Howe Island ©
Bursting out of the Tasman Sea, Lord Howe Island offers stunning scenery and many sandy beaches.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Mon): kick back and relax at Ned's Beach.

For reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Lord Howe Island trip planner .

Getting from Sydney to Lord Howe Island by flight takes about 3.5 hours. You'll set off for Port Douglas on the 18th (Tue).

Things to do in Lord Howe Island

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Ned's Beach ©
Ned's Beach

3
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Port Douglas

A holiday in Port Douglas balances an activity-filled getaway with plenty of opportunities to relax, thanks to its proximity to the Great Barrier Reef and bustling beach life.
On the 19th (Wed), see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get interesting insight from Tours.

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You can do a combination of flight and shuttle from Lord Howe Island to Port Douglas in 7.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 83°F in September, and nighttime lows around 66°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to go by car to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris

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.
On the 21st (Fri), identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat): experience rural life at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures and then stroll through Palm Cove Beach.

To find other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Cairns online trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by car from Port Douglas to Cairns takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. In September, daytime highs in Cairns are 83°F, while nighttime lows are 66°F. On the 23rd (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

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

4
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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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Melbourne Museum and Old Melbourne Gaol. Take a break from the city and head to Melbourne Zoo and St. Kilda Beach. Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Victoria, learn about all things military at Shrine of Remembrance, examine the collection at National Sports Museum, and take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens.

To see other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Melbourne road trip planning app .

Fly from Cairns to Melbourne in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Plan for much colder temperatures traveling from Cairns in September, with highs in Melbourne at 63°F and lows at 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to travel to Canberra.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

St. Kilda Beach
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Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum
Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance
National Gallery of Victoria ©
National Gallery of Victoria

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hours
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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Thu): admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Australia and then take an in-depth tour of Australian War Memorial.

To find more things to do, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Canberra trip planner .

You can fly from Melbourne to Canberra in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Melbourne in September, Canberra is a bit cooler at night with lows of 37°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Canberra

Museums
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Australian War Memorial ©
Australian War Memorial
National Gallery of Australia ©
National Gallery of Australia

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