18 days in Australia Itinerary

18 days in Australia Itinerary

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18 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Manchester
Fly:  32​h
1
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
2
Melbourne
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
4
Lord Howe Island
— 2 nights
Fly + shuttle:  7​h 30​min
5
Port Douglas
— 1 night
bus:  1​h 15​min
6
Cairns
— 3 nights
Fly:  23​h
End: Manchester

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.
Get some cultural insight at Uluru and Valley of the Winds. There's much more to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Kata Tjuta, explore the activities along Mutitjulu Waterhole, hike along Kuniya Walk, and head outdoors with Walpa Gorge.

To see where to stay, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park itinerary app .

Manchester, UK to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is an approximately 32-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of train and flight. You'll lose 9 hours traveling from Manchester to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park due to the time zone difference. Prepare for warmer weather when traveling from Manchester in January: high temperatures in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park hover around 43°C and lows are around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

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

2
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Melbourne

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Melbourne Museum and Shrine of Remembrance are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's much more to do: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck 88, and admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Victoria.

To see maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Melbourne holiday builder .

Traveling by flight from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Melbourne takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in January; daily highs in Melbourne reach 32°C and lows reach 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

St. Kilda Beach
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Balloon Rides
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like The Rocks and Australian National Maritime Museum. You'll get in some beach time at Bondi Beach and Clovelly. There's still lots to do: take a stroll through Darling Harbour, take in the views from Sydney Harbour Bridge, explore the world behind art at Art Gallery of New South Wales, and take in nature's colorful creations at The Royal Botanic Garden.

For reviews, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Sydney trip planner.

Fly from Melbourne to Sydney in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Traveling from Melbourne in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Sydney, with lows of 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Lord Howe Island.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Darling Harbour ©
Darling Harbour

2
nights
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 14th (Tue): examine the collection at Lord Howe Island Museum, tour the pleasant surroundings at Lagoon Beach, and then stroll through Ned's Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Lord Howe Island Walking Trails, then take in the dramatic natural features at Ball's Pyramid, and then take in the awesome beauty at Mt Gower.

Plan a Lord Howe Island trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

You can fly from Sydney to Lord Howe Island in 3.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Lord Howe Island

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

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Thu): get interesting insight from Tours. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Fri): meet the residents at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, then admire the sheer force of Alexandra Bay Waterfall, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Thornton Beach.

For more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Port Douglas trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Lord Howe Island to Port Douglas takes 7.5 hours. In January in Port Douglas, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 28°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Cape Tribulation
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Thornton Beach ©
Thornton Beach
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas ©
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas

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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Sat): take a memorable tour with Tours. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Palm Cove Beach, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, and then kick back and relax at Trinity Beach.

For maps, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read Cairns trip planner .

You can drive from Port Douglas to Cairns in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a shuttle. In January, daytime highs in Cairns are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. You will leave for home on the 20th (Mon).

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Trinity Beach, Palm Cove Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach

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