18 days in Australia Itinerary

18 days in Australia Itinerary

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18 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Guwahati
Fly + Drive:  22​h
1
Torquay
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Melbourne
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Sydney
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
4
Lord Howe Island
— 1 night
Fly + shuttle:  7​h 30​min
5
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
6
Cairns
— 2 nights
Fly + taxi:  22​h 15​min
End: Guwahati

2
nights
Torquay

Torquay ©
Set against the stark but scenic coastline of the Bass Strait--the body of water separating Victoria and Tasmania--Torquay is a prime location for surfing and beach life in general.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Tue): take a peaceful walk through Lorne Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Wed): don't miss a visit to Split Point Lighthouse, then don't miss a visit to Great Ocean Road Memorial Archway, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Bells Beach, and finally take some stellar pictures from Bird Rock Lookout.

To see where to stay, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Torquay trip planning site .

Guwahati, India to Torquay is an approximately 22-hour flight. The time zone changes from India Standard Time (IST) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Victoria) (AEST), which is usually a 4 hour difference. Expect cooler weather when traveling from Guwahati in April: highs in Torquay hover around 24°C, while lows dip to 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can go by car to Melbourne.

Things to do in Torquay

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Lorne, Bird Rock Lookout, Split Point Lighthouse
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Lorne Beach ©
Lorne Beach
Bells Beach ©
Bells Beach
Bird Rock Lookout ©
Bird Rock Lookout

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.
Bring the kids along to Melbourne Zoo and Fitzroy Gardens. The adventure continues: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum, enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck 88, and make a trip to Melbourne Star Observation Wheel.

To find photos, maps, and more tourist information, read Melbourne trip planner.

You can drive from Torquay to Melbourne in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Melbourne are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Museums Historic Sites
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Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum
Eureka Skydeck ©
Eureka Skydeck

4
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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Bondi Beach and Sea Life Sydney Aquarium. And it doesn't end there: see a show at Sydney Opera House, tour the pleasant surroundings at Manly Beach, take in the views from Sydney Harbour Bridge, and take a stroll through The Rocks.

To find ratings, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, use the 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 April, Sydney is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Lord Howe Island.

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

1
night
Lord Howe Island

Lord Howe Island ©
Bursting out of the Tasman Sea, Lord Howe Island offers stunning scenery and many sandy beaches.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Fri): get a new perspective on nature at Lord Howe Island Museum, enjoy the sand and surf at Lagoon Beach, and then kick back and relax at Ned's Beach.

For ratings, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Lord Howe Island vacation tool .

You can fly from Sydney to Lord Howe Island in 3.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Lord Howe Island

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

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.
Bring the kids along to Scuba & Snorkeling and Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas. Spend the 29th (Mon) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. It doesn't end there: experience rural life at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures and stop by With Sugar.

For traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Port Douglas journey site .

Getting from Lord Howe Island to Port Douglas by combination of flight and shuttle takes about 7.5 hours. In April, daily temperatures in Port Douglas can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas ©
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Tue): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Here are some ideas for day two: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

For reviews, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Cairns day trip planning website .

Getting from Port Douglas to Cairns by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a shuttle. In April in Cairns, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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