18 days in Australia Itinerary

18 days in Australia Itinerary

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18 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  23​h 15​min
1
Cairns
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Port Douglas
— 3 nights
shuttle + Fly:  5​h 45​min
3
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 45​min
4
Melbourne
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
5
Sydney
— 5 nights
Fly:  25​h
End: London

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.
On the next day, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find where to stay, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read Cairns online day trip planner .

London, UK to Cairns is an approximately 23.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from London to Cairns is 10 hours. Plan for much warmer temperatures traveling from London in April, with highs in Cairns at 34°C and lows at 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Nature & Wildlife Tours

3
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.
Family-friendly places like Scuba & Snorkeling and Hartley's Crocodile Adventures will thrill your kids. Spend the 12th (Fri) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. There's more to do: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas and relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

To find where to stay, maps, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Port Douglas road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Cairns to Port Douglas takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. In April, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Sat): trek along Kuniya Walk, then explore the activities along Mutitjulu Waterhole, then take in the dramatic natural features at Uluru, and finally hike along Uluru Hiking Path. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Sun): take in the exciting artwork at Walkatjara Art, get all the information you need at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Kata Tjuta, and finally get outside with Walpa Gorge.

To find photos, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park online trip itinerary planner .

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Port Douglas to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 6 hours. Another option is to drive. Traveling from Port Douglas in April, plan for a bit cooler nights in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, with lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Uluru ©
Uluru
Kuniya Walk ©
Kuniya Walk
Kata Tjuta ©
Kata Tjuta

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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Melbourne Zoo and Eureka Skydeck 88. There's much more to do: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, examine the collection at Melbourne Museum, admire all the interesting features of Royal Exhibition Building, and steep yourself in history at Old Melbourne Gaol.

To see where to stay, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read our Melbourne trip tool .

Fly from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Melbourne in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in April; daily highs in Melbourne reach 23°C and lows reach 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Outdoors Tours
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Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum

5
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.
Bring the kids along to Bondi Beach and Sea Life Sydney Aquarium. There's lots more to do: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, see the sky in a new way at Sydney Observatory, take in the views from Sydney Harbour Bridge, and get curious at Powerhouse Museum.

To see reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Sydney holiday planning app .

You can 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, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Sydney, with lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Museums Outdoors
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Sea Life Sydney Aquarium ©
Sea Life Sydney Aquarium
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach

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