18 days in Australia Itinerary

18 days in Australia Itinerary

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18 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Amritsar
Fly:  15​h 45​min
1
Melbourne
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Sydney
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Gold Coast
— 3 nights
Fly + shuttle:  6​h
4
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
5
Cairns
— 3 nights
Fly:  18​h 45​min
End: Amritsar

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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Melbourne Zoo and Melbourne Museum. Take a break from Melbourne with a short trip to Werribee Open Range Zoo in Werribee, about 42 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: get the lay of the land with Royal Botanic Gardens, contemplate the long history of Old Melbourne Gaol, take in nature's colorful creations at Fitzroy Gardens, and make a trip to Melbourne Star Observation Wheel.

For ratings, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read our Melbourne online trip itinerary planner .

Amritsar, India to Melbourne is an approximately 16-hour flight. You'll lose 4 hours traveling from Amritsar to Melbourne due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Amritsar in December; daily highs in Melbourne reach 30°C and lows reach 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Werribee Open Range Zoo
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Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo
Werribee Open Range Zoo ©
Werribee Open Range Zoo
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum

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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.
Kids will enjoy Bondi Beach and Powerhouse Museum. The adventure continues: observe the fascinating underwater world at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, make a trip to Sydney Opera House, and take a stroll through The Rocks.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read Sydney travel planning site .

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Sydney takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Melbourne in December since evenings lows in Sydney dip to 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Sea Life Sydney Aquarium ©
Sea Life Sydney Aquarium
Manly Beach
Manly Beach

3
nights
Gold Coast

Gold Coast ©
A city of towering skyscrapers, sandy beaches, and tree-lined streets, Gold Coast has an unpretentious air complemented by a citywide focus on sports and the arts.
Kids will enjoy Sea World Theme Park and Warner Bros. Movie World. Pack the 6th (Mon) with family-friendly diversions at Dreamworld. There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Surfers Paradise Beach and get in on the family fun at Infinity Attraction.

For photos, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, use the Gold Coast online travel route planner .

Fly from Sydney to Gold Coast in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In January in Gold Coast, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 24°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Theme Parks Parks Zoos & Aquariums
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Sea World Theme Park ©
Sea World Theme Park
Warner Bros. Movie World
Warner Bros. Movie World
Dreamworld ©
Dreamworld

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Tue): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Wed): enjoy the sand and surf at Thornton Beach, admire the sheer force of Alexandra Bay Waterfall, and then get to know the resident critters at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas.

For traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read our Port Douglas visit planner .

Do a combination of flight and shuttle from Gold Coast to Port Douglas in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, flight, and shuttle; or drive. In January, Port Douglas is a bit warmer than Gold Coast - with highs of 37°C and lows of 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can take a bus to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Cape Tribulation
Find places to stay Jan 6 — 8:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas ©
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas
Thornton Beach ©
Thornton Beach

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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Palm Cove Beach and Trinity Beach. Spend the 9th (Thu) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Next up on the itinerary: cool off at Sugarworld Waterpark, hike along Esplanade Boardwalk, capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour, and enjoy some diversion at Muddy's Playground.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Cairns day trip website .

You can take a bus from Port Douglas to Cairns in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in January, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Palm Cove Beach, Trinity Beach, Sugarworld Waterpark
Find places to stay Jan 8 — 11:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Sugarworld Waterpark ©
Sugarworld Waterpark
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach

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