18 days in Australia Itinerary

18 days in Australia Itinerary

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18 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Charlotte
Fly:  25​h
1
Cairns
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
2
Port Douglas
— 3 nights
shuttle + Fly:  6​h 30​min
3
Melbourne
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
4
Sydney
— 6 nights
Fly:  25​h
End: Charlotte

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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Scuba & Snorkeling and Sugarworld Waterpark. Step out of Cairns to go to Palm Cove and see Palm Cove Beach, which is approximately 32 minutes away. Spend the 4th (Sat) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

For reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Cairns day trip planning website .

Charlotte, USA to Cairns is an approximately 25-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus, taxi, and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 15 hours traveling from Charlotte to Cairns. In January, Cairns is much warmer than Charlotte - with highs of 89°F and lows of 75°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Palm Cove Beach, Sugarworld Waterpark
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Sugarworld Waterpark ©
Sugarworld Waterpark
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach

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.
Kids will enjoy Scuba & Snorkeling and Safaris. There's lots more to do: relax in the rural setting at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, stop by With Sugar, view the masterpieces at Des Spencer Galleries, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas.

For maps, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Port Douglas road trip tool .

You can drive from Cairns to Port Douglas in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. In January, daily temperatures in Port Douglas can reach 89°F, while at night they dip to 75°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

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

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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Melbourne Zoo and Old Melbourne Gaol. Change things up with a short trip to Werribee Open Range Zoo in Werribee (about 42 minutes away). There's much more to do: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, ponder the world of politics at Parliament House of Victoria, take a tour by water with Melbourne Boat Hire, and enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck 88.

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Do a combination of shuttle and flight from Port Douglas to Melbourne in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Port Douglas in January; daily highs in Melbourne reach 81°F and lows reach 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Tours Outdoors

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

6
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.
Kids will enjoy Bondi Beach and Manly Beach. There's still lots to do: admire the striking features of Sydney Opera House, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, get curious at Powerhouse Museum, and see the interesting displays at Australian National Maritime Museum.

To find traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Sydney online tour planner .

Getting from Melbourne to Sydney by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Melbourne in January since evenings lows in Sydney dip to 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

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

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