18 days in Australia Itinerary

18 days in Australia Itinerary

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18 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Nairobi
Fly:  27​h
1
Cairns
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
2
Gold Coast
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Sydney
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
4
Melbourne
— 4 nights
Fly:  25​h
End: Nairobi

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 Hartley's Crocodile Adventures. Venture out of the city with trips to Port Douglas (Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas & Safaris).

To find maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Cairns travel itinerary planner .

Nairobi, Kenya to Cairns is an approximately 27-hour flight. Traveling from Nairobi to Cairns, you'll lose 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Nairobi in December, with highs in Cairns at 36°C and lows at 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Port Douglas, 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

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.
Bring the kids along to Sea World Theme Park and Dreamworld. There's still lots to do: get in on the family fun at Warner Bros. Movie World, stroll through Surfer's Paradise Beach, don't miss a visit to Rotary Carousel Broadbeach, and get outside with Pelican Feeding.

To find other places to visit and tourist information, go to the Gold Coast holiday builder site .

Fly from Cairns to Gold Coast in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In December, Gold Coast is little chillier than Cairns - with highs of 32°C and lows of 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Sydney.

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

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.
Bring the kids along to Bondi Beach and Powerhouse Museum. There's still lots to do: see a show at Sydney Opera House, kick back and relax at Manly Beach, snap pictures at Sydney Harbour Bridge, and see the interesting displays at Australian National Maritime Museum.

Make your Sydney itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Fly from Gold Coast to Sydney in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In December, daytime highs in Sydney are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can travel to Melbourne.

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

4
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Attractions like Melbourne Zoo and Melbourne Museum make great kid-friendly stops. Change things up with a short trip to The Great Ocean Road in Torquay (about 1h 40 min away). And it doesn't end there: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, steep yourself in history at Old Melbourne Gaol, make a trip to Cathedral Arcade, and admire the striking features of Old Safety Deposit Building.

To find reviews, photos, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Melbourne online travel planner .

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Melbourne takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Melbourne when traveling from Sydney in January, with lows around 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Outdoors Parks Museums

Side Trip

The Great Ocean Road
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The Great Ocean Road ©
The Great Ocean Road
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum

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