18 days in Australia Itinerary

18 days in Australia Itinerary

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18 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  19​h 45​min
1
Perth
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
2
Melbourne
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
4
Whitsunday Island
— 4 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
5
Cairns
— 1 night
Fly:  23​h 15​min
End: London

3
nights
Perth

Perth ©
A modern metropolis of glassy skyscrapers, waterside boulevards, and lush residential neighborhoods, Perth sits on the edge of the Swan Coastal Plain.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Fremantle Prison and Art Gallery of Western Australia. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Cottesloe Beach and Scarborough Beach. There's much more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Kings Park & Botanic Garden, pause for some photo ops at The Bell Tower, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Perth Zoo, and don't miss a visit to Wesley Church Fremantle.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, use the Perth attractions planner.

London, UK to Perth is an approximately 20-hour flight. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Australian Western Standard Time (AWST), which is usually an 8 hour difference. Prepare for warmer weather when traveling from London in January: high temperatures in Perth hover around 38°C and lows are around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Perth

Parks Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

Fremantle, Perth Zoo, Cottesloe Beach, Scarborough Beach
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Cottesloe Beach ©
Cottesloe Beach
Fremantle Prison ©
Fremantle Prison
Scarborough Beach ©
Scarborough Beach

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.
We've included these beaches for you: St. Kilda Beach and Half Moon Bay. Do some cultural sightseeing at Melbourne Museum and Melbourne Central. Next up on the itinerary: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, examine the collection at HMAS Castlemaine, get engrossed in the history at Immigration Museum, and steep yourself in history at Old Melbourne Gaol.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Melbourne itinerary builder .

You can fly from Perth to Melbourne in 6.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Perth to Melbourne due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Perth in January, expect Melbourne to be slightly colder, temps between 32°C and 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

St. Kilda Beach
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Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne 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.
Relax by the water at Bondi Beach and Manly Beach. Get a sense of the local culture at Sydney Opera House and The Rocks. There's still lots to do: wander the streets of Darling Harbour, see the interesting displays at Australian National Maritime Museum, take in nature's colorful creations at The Royal Botanic Garden, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium.

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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 January, Sydney is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can travel to Whitsunday Island.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Darling Harbour ©
Darling Harbour
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
The Rocks ©
The Rocks

4
nights
Whitsunday Island

Whitsunday Island ©
Whitsunday Island is known for beaches and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: kick back and relax at Whitehaven Beach, contemplate the waterfront views at Hill Inlet, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Whitsunday Islands National Park.

To find other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Whitsunday Island trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Sydney to Whitsunday Island by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or take a train. When traveling from Sydney in January, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Whitsunday Island: temperatures range from 36°C by day to 26°C at night. You will leave for Cairns on the 31st (Fri).

Things to do in Whitsunday Island

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

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 31st (Fri): look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: learn about all things military at The Australian Armour & Artillery Museum and then enjoy the sand and surf at Palm Cove Beach.

For maps, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Cairns tour site .

Getting from Whitsunday Island to Cairns by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in January, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Palm Cove Beach
Find places to stay Jan 31 — Feb 1:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach

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