18 days in Australia Itinerary

18 days in Australia Itinerary

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18 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Charlotte
Fly + Drive:  36​h
1
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)
— 2 nights
+2
bus + foot + Fly:  14​h 30​min
2
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 2 nights
Fly + shuttle:  5​h 45​min
3
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
shuttle + Fly:  7​h 30​min
4
Lord Howe Island
— 1 day
Fly:  3​h 30​min
5
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
6
Melbourne
— 3 nights
Fly:  25​h
End: Charlotte

2
nights
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) ©
Jabiru is a town in the Northern Territory of Australia. Visit Ubirr and Nourlangie Rock for their historical value. Get in touch with nature at Yellow Water and Cahills Crossing. It doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Mamukala Wetlands and take in the dramatic natural features at Maguk Gorge.

To see reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) trip itinerary builder .

Charlotte, USA to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) is an approximately 36-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Australian Central Standard Time (Northern Territory) is 14 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trip

Kakadu National Park
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Mamukala Wetlands ©
Mamukala Wetlands
Ubirr ©
Ubirr
Maguk Gorge ©
Maguk Gorge

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.
Visiting Uluru and Valley of the Winds will get you outdoors. Do some cultural sightseeing at Kata Tjuta and Mutitjulu Waterhole. The adventure continues: get engrossed in the history at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, don't miss a visit to Field of Light, head outdoors with Walpa Gorge, and explore the galleries of Walkatjara Art.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip planner .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park takes 14.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and flight. In December, daily temperatures in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park can reach 97°F, while at night they dip to 70°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga ©
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga
Valley of the Winds ©
Valley of the Winds

2
nights
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Scuba & Snorkeling and Hartley's Crocodile Adventures. Change things up with a short trip to Palm Cove Beach in Palm Cove (about 42 minutes away). Spend the 29th (Sun) spotting exotic species with a safari tour.

To see ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read Port Douglas trip planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Port Douglas takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in December, expect nights in Port Douglas to be about the same, around 73°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 88°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can travel to Lord Howe Island.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Palm Cove
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

1
day
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 31st (Tue): get a new perspective on nature at Lord Howe Island Museum, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Lagoon Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Ned's Beach.

To find traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Lord Howe Island journey planner.

Do a combination of shuttle and flight from Port Douglas to Lord Howe Island in 7.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Lord Howe Island

Beaches Parks Outdoors
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Ned's Beach ©
Ned's Beach
Lagoon Beach ©
Lagoon Beach
Lord Howe Island Museum ©
Lord Howe Island Museum

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.
Get outdoors at Bondi Beach and Clovelly. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Manly Beach and Camp Cove. And it doesn't end there: take a stroll through The Rocks, trek along The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk, stroll through Coogee Beach, and admire the natural beauty at The Royal Botanic Garden.

For photos, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Sydney trip builder tool .

Getting from Lord Howe Island to Sydney by flight takes about 3.5 hours. December in Sydney sees daily highs of 81°F and lows of 65°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
The Rocks ©
The Rocks

3
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Get some cultural insight at Shrine of Remembrance and Trinity College Chapel. Take a break from the city and head to Melbourne Zoo and Melbourne Boat Hire. The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum, contemplate the long history of Old Melbourne Gaol, and admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens.

For reviews, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read our Melbourne visit planning site .

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Melbourne takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Sydney in January since evenings lows in Melbourne dip to 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Historic Sites Museums
Find places to stay Jan 3 — 6:
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Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance
Old Melbourne Gaol ©
Old Melbourne Gaol

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