18 days in Australia Itinerary

18 days in Australia Itinerary

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18 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Leeds
train + Fly:  27​h
1
Melbourne
— 2 nights
2
Cairns
— 6 nights
3
Brisbane
— 3 nights
4
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly + train:  28​h
End: Leeds

2
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Federation Square and Lara Heritage and Historical Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Popular historic sites such as Old Melbourne Gaol and St Mary of the Angels are in your itinerary. Change things up with these side-trips from Melbourne: Fort Nepean (in Portsea), Point Lonsdale Lighthouse (in Point Lonsdale) and Geelong (The Rock Adventure Centre & Eastern Beach Reserve). Next up on the itinerary: mingle with the ghosts of the past at Steiglitz, contemplate the long history of St Paul's Cathedral, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Patrick's Cathedral, and have fun and explore at Australian Centre for the Moving Image.

To find photos, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Melbourne trip itinerary planning tool .

Leeds, UK to Melbourne is an approximately 27-hour combination of train and flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Victoria), which is usually a 10 hour difference. In January, Melbourne is much hotter than Leeds - with highs of 32°C and lows of 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Melbourne

Historic Sites Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Geelong, Point Lonsdale Lighthouse, Lara Heritage and Historical Museum, Steiglitz, Fort Nepean
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Old Melbourne Gaol ©
Old Melbourne Gaol
St. Patrick's Cathedral ©
St. Patrick's Cathedral
St Paul's Cathedral ©
St Paul's Cathedral

6
nights
Cairns

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Historic Village Herberton and Mossman Gorge. Appreciate the collections at Daintree Discovery Centre and Tolga Woodworks Gallery & Cafe. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cairns: Rex Lookout (in Wangetti), Janbal Gallery (in Mossman) and Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas (in Port Douglas). Spend the 23rd (Wed) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Spend the 24th (Thu) exploring nature at Daintree National Park. The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Daintree Rainforest - Cooper Creek Wilderness, stop by Opal Time, view the masterpieces at Rainforest Gems Gallery & Studio, and see the interesting displays at Herberton Mining Museum.

To see photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read Cairns journey planning site .

Getting from Melbourne to Cairns by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Melbourne in January, with highs in Cairns at 37°C and lows at 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife Parks Tours

Side Trips

Herberton, Kuranda, Cape Tribulation, Tolga, Rex Lookout
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Historic Village Herberton ©
Historic Village Herberton
Daintree National Park ©
Daintree National Park
Australian Butterfly Sanctuary ©
Australian Butterfly Sanctuary

3
nights
Brisbane

Brisbane ©
Queensland’s biggest town and state capital, Brisbane has an attractive, manicured image based around its riverside aesthetic as well as the contrast between its high-rise center and extensive urban greenery.
You'll explore and learn at GOMA and Queensland Museum & Sciencentre. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Roma Street Parkland and Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt. Coot-tha. Explore Brisbane's surroundings by going to Wolston Farmhouse (in Wacol) and Dreamworld (in Coomera). The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Museum of Brisbane, pause for some serene contemplation at Albert Street Uniting Church, admire the natural beauty at City Botanic Gardens, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Moffat Beach.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Brisbane road trip tool .

Fly from Cairns to Brisbane in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. While traveling from Cairns, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Brisbane, ranging from highs of 34°C to lows of 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Theme Parks Museums

Side Trips

Wolston Farmhouse, Moffat Beach, Dreamworld
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Roma Street Parkland ©
Roma Street Parkland
Museum of Brisbane ©
Museum of Brisbane
Queensland Museum & Sciencentre ©
Queensland Museum & Sciencentre

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Nan Tien Temple and Featherdale Wildlife Park. Museum-lovers will get to explore Art Gallery of New South Wales and Australian National Maritime Museum. Venture out of the city with trips to Wollongong (St Francis Xavier's Cathedral & Wollongong Head Lighthouse). The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Mary's Cathedral, take in panoramic vistas at Sydney Tower Eye and Skywalk, contemplate the waterfront views at Watson's Bay, and steep yourself in history at Vaucluse House.

For ratings, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Sydney road trip planner .

Getting from Brisbane to Sydney by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. January in Sydney sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 23°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Wollongong, Featherdale Wildlife Park, Vaucluse House
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Nan Tien Temple ©
Nan Tien Temple
Wollongong Head Lighthouse ©
Wollongong Head Lighthouse
Vaucluse House ©
Vaucluse House

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