18 days in Australia Itinerary

18 days in Australia Itinerary

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18 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Los Angeles
Fly:  16​h
1
Brisbane
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
2
Bribie Island
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  8​h
3
Port Douglas
— 4 nights
+2
shuttle + Fly + train:  8​h 45​min
4
Katoomba
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly:  18​h
End: Los Angeles

3
nights
Brisbane

Brisbane ©
Queensland’s biggest town and state capital, Brisbane has an attractive, manicured image based around its riverside aesthetic as well as the contrast between its high-rise center and extensive urban greenery.
Let the collections at GOMA and Museum of Brisbane capture your imagination. Caboolture Historical Village and Newstead House are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Step out of Brisbane with an excursion to Woody Point Jetty in Redcliffe--about 56 minutes away. There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, get great views at Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt. Coot-tha, admire the natural beauty at City Botanic Gardens, and admire all the interesting features of Suncorp Stadium.

For ratings, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Brisbane trip planner .

Los Angeles, USA to Brisbane is an approximately 16-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of tram and flight. You'll lose 18 hours traveling from Los Angeles to Brisbane due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Los Angeles in August, with highs in Brisbane at 71°F and lows at 50°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to travel to Bribie Island.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Wildlife Museums

Side Trips

Caboolture Historical Village, Woody Point Jetty
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Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Museum of Brisbane ©
Museum of Brisbane
Caboolture Historical Village ©
Caboolture Historical Village

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Bribie Island

Bribie Island ©
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): identify plant and animal life at Bribie Island Butterfly House, see the interesting displays at Bribie Island Seaside Museum, and then kick back and relax at Sylvan Beach. On the next day, kick back and relax at Woorim Beach, get interesting insight from Ferryman Cruises, and then tour the water at your own pace with BBQ Boat Hire.

To see reviews, maps, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Bribie Island road trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Brisbane to Bribie Island takes 1.5 hours. In August in Bribie Island, expect temperatures between 71°F during the day and 50°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) to allow time to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Bribie Island

Outdoors Parks Tours
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BBQ Boat Hire ©
BBQ Boat Hire
Bribie Island Seaside Museum ©
Bribie Island Seaside Museum
Bribie Island Butterfly House ©
Bribie Island Butterfly House

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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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Trinity Beach and Palm Cove Beach. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Agincourt Reef and Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Port Douglas: Daintree National Park (in Cape Tribulation) and Kuranda (Australian Butterfly Sanctuary & Emu Ridge Gallery). Spend the 24th (Fri) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's much more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Mossman Gorge, look for gifts at With Sugar, and admire all the interesting features of Hartley's Crocodile Adventures.

For more things to do, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read our Port Douglas trip itinerary planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Bribie Island to Port Douglas. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Bribie Island in August; daily highs in Port Douglas reach 80°F and lows reach 62°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can travel to Katoomba.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Kuranda, Daintree National Park, Trinity Beach, Mossman Gorge Centre
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Daintree National Park ©
Daintree National Park
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach

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nights
Katoomba

Katoomba ©
Located off of the Great Western Highway, Katoomba is the main hub of the City of Blue Mountains.
Escape the urban bustle at Jenolan Caves and Pulpit Rock Lookout. Discover out-of-the-way places like Blue Mountains and Lincoln's Rock. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Katoomba: Cathedral of Ferns Walk (in Mt Wilson), Lennox Bridge (in Blaxland) and Hartley Historic Village (in Little Hartley). Next up on the itinerary: get to know the fascinating history of The National Pass, delve into the lush surroundings at Coachwood Glen Nature Trail, take in the dramatic scenery at Wentworth Falls, and make a trip to Day FIne Art.

To find more things to do, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read Katoomba day trip planning app .

Getting from Port Douglas to Katoomba by combination of shuttle, flight, and train takes about 9 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Port Douglas in August: highs in Katoomba hover around 67°F, while lows dip to 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) early enough to drive to Sydney.

Things to do in Katoomba

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Blue Mountains National Park, Blackheath, Cathedral of Ferns Walk, Lennox Bridge, Jenolan Caves
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Jenolan Caves ©
Jenolan Caves
Blue Mountains ©
Blue Mountains
Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum ©
Norman Lindsay Gallery & 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.
Get a sense of the local culture at The Rocks and Australian National Maritime Museum. Take a break from the city and head to Bondi Beach and Manly Beach. And it doesn't end there: trek along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, enjoy the sand and surf at Coogee Beach, delve into the mystery of Olympia Milk Bar, and browse the exhibits of Justice & Police Museum.

To find more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Sydney online trip builder .

Traveling by car from Katoomba to Sydney takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Katoomba in August since evenings lows in Sydney dip to 49°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Manly Beach
Manly Beach

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