18 days in Australia Itinerary

18 days in Australia Itinerary

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18 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Vancouver
Fly:  17​h 45​min
1
Cairns
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 15​min
2
Darwin
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
3
Broome
— 3 nights
Fly + bus:  8​h 45​min
4
Margaret River
— 1 night
Fly:  13​h 30​min
5
Clare
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h 30​min
6
Alice Springs
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  2​h
7
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 3 nights
Fly:  19​h 30​min
End: Vancouver

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Wed): identify plant and animal life at Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, enjoy the sand and surf at Trinity Beach, then kick back and relax at Palm Cove Beach, and finally soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

For where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Cairns trip maker website .

Vancouver, Canada to Cairns is an approximately 18-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. You'll lose 18 hours traveling from Vancouver to Cairns due to the time zone difference. In July, daytime highs in Cairns are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can travel to Darwin.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Palm Cove Beach, Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, Trinity Beach
Find places to stay Jul 23 — 24:
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach

2
nights
Darwin

Darwin ©
The smallest of Australia’s state capitals, Darwin has nevertheless become an attractive and important urban center, being simultaneously one of the country’s most modernized cities and a gateway to both the Top End region and South East Asia.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Thu): get engrossed in the history at RFDS Darwin Tourist Facility, then race across the water with a speed boat tour, then take an in-depth tour of Darwin Aviation Museum, and finally examine the collection at Defence of Darwin Experience. On your second day here, look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas.

To see maps, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Darwin trip planning site .

Getting from Cairns to Darwin by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Cairns, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Darwin, ranging from highs of 36°C to lows of 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) early enough to travel to Broome.

Things to do in Darwin

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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RFDS Darwin Tourist Facility ©
RFDS Darwin Tourist Facility
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Defence of Darwin Experience ©
Defence of Darwin Experience

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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Roebuck Bay and Cable Beach. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Catholic Diocese of Broome and Broome Historical Museum. Spend the 28th (Sun) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. And it doesn't end there: get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, identify plant and animal life at Malcolm Douglas Crocodile Park and Animal Refuge, make a trip to Gantheaume Point, and see the interesting displays at SSJG Heritage Centre.

To see where to stay, photos, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Broome trip itinerary app .

Fly from Darwin to Broome in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Darwin to Broome due to the time zone difference. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Darwin in July since evenings lows in Broome dip to 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) so you can travel to Margaret River.

Things to do in Broome

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Broome Historical Museum ©
Broome Historical Museum
Roebuck Bay ©
Roebuck Bay
SSJG Heritage Centre ©
SSJG Heritage Centre

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Tue): indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, explore the fascinating underground world of Jewel Cave, and then visit a coastal fixture at Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse. On the next day, learn about winemaking at Redgate Wines, then explore the fascinating underground world of Lake Cave, then enjoy the sand and surf at Cowaramup Bay, and finally see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

For ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Margaret River trip itinerary planner .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Broome to Margaret River in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Wed) early enough to travel to Clare.

Things to do in Margaret River

Tours Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Augusta, Lake Cave, Dolphin & Whale Watching, Redgate Wines, Cowaramup Bay
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Redgate Wines ©
Redgate Wines
Lake Cave ©
Lake Cave

1
night
Clare

Clare ©
The town of Clare is located in South Australia in the Mid North region, 136 km north of Adelaide. On the 1st (Thu), learn about winemaking at Greg Cooley Wines, learn about winemaking at Pikes Wines, contemplate the long history of Martindale Hall Heritage Museum, take in the exciting artwork at Vine Art Studio, Gallery & Therapeutic Massage, then learn about winemaking at Crabtree Watervale Wines, and finally learn about winemaking at Sussex Squire Wines. Here are some ideas for day two: steep yourself in history at Bungaree Station, learn about winemaking at Sevenhill Cellars, do a tasting at Jeanneret Wines, learn about winemaking at Mitchell Winery, then learn about winemaking at Paulett Wines, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at St Aloysius Church.

For traveler tips, maps, reviews, and tourist information, use the Clare tour planning site .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Margaret River to Clare. The time zone difference moving from Australian Western Standard Time (AWST) to Australian Central Standard Time (South Australia) (ACST) is 1 hour. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) to allow time to travel to Alice Springs.

Things to do in Clare

Wineries Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Sevenhill, Martindale Hall Heritage Museum, Paulett Wines, Vine Art Studio, Gallery & Therapeutic Massage
Find places to stay Aug 1 — 2:
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Martindale Hall Heritage Museum ©
Martindale Hall Heritage Museum
Sevenhill Cellars ©
Sevenhill Cellars
Kilikanoon Winery ©
Kilikanoon Winery

1
night
Alice Springs

Alice Springs ©
Situated right in the heart of Australia, Alice Springs serves as an urban oasis deep within the country’s parched, desert-like Red Center.
On the 3rd (Sat), look for all kinds of wild species at Alice Springs Desert Park, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, then contemplate the long history of Alice Springs Telegraph Station Historical Reserve, and finally explore the striking landscape of Emily Gap. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at The Emily and Jessie Gaps Nature Park, then look for all kinds of wild species at Alice Springs Reptile Centre, then take an in-depth tour of Alice Springs School of the Air Visitor Centre, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at The Kangaroo Sanctuary.

To find more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Alice Springs trip planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Clare to Alice Springs. In August, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Alice Springs

Parks Wildlife Tours
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The Kangaroo Sanctuary ©
The Kangaroo Sanctuary
Alice Springs Desert Park ©
Alice Springs Desert Park

3
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Valley of the Winds and Uluru. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Kata Tjuta and Walpa Gorge. There's much more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Kuniya Walk, contemplate the waterfront views at Mutitjulu Waterhole, stroll through Uluru Hiking Path, and take in the exciting artwork at Walkatjara Art.

To see reviews, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, use the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park day trip planning site .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Alice Springs to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In August in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 6°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Kuniya Walk ©
Kuniya Walk
Valley of the Winds ©
Valley of the Winds
Uluru ©
Uluru

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