18 days in Australia Itinerary

18 days in Australia Itinerary

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18 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Kuala Lumpur
Fly + Drive:  16​h 45​min
1
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)
— 2 nights
+2
bus + foot + Fly:  9​h 15​min
2
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
3
Melbourne
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
4
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
5
Gold Coast
— 1 night
Fly + shuttle:  6​h
6
Port Douglas
— 1 night
bus:  1​h 15​min
7
Cairns
— 2 nights
Fly:  9​h 45​min
End: Kuala Lumpur

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Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) ©
Jabiru is a town in the Northern Territory of Australia. Visiting Ubirr and Warradjan Cultural Centre will get you outdoors. Bring the kids along to Anbangbang Billabong and Mamukala Wetlands. Next up on the itinerary: take in the dramatic natural features at Maguk Gorge, contemplate the long history of Nourlangie Rock, make a trip to Bardedjilidji Walk, and explore the activities along Jim Jim Falls.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) trip builder .

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) is an approximately 17-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Kuala Lumpur to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) is 1 hour. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trip

Kakadu National Park
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Maguk Gorge ©
Maguk Gorge
Ubirr ©
Ubirr
Nourlangie Rock ©
Nourlangie Rock

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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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Walkatjara Art and Kata Tjuta. Get outdoors at Uluru and Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre. Next up on the itinerary: hike along Kuniya Walk, appreciate the views at Valley of the Winds, go for a walk through Lungkata Walk, and get outside with Walpa Gorge.

To find more things to do, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park tour itinerary maker app .

Getting from Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park by combination of bus and flight takes about 9.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of car and flight. In August, daily temperatures in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) 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
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga ©
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga
Valley of the Winds ©
Valley of the Winds

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Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Melbourne Museum and National Gallery of Victoria. Appreciate the collections at Shrine of Remembrance and The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia. There's still lots to do: take a stroll through Melbourne Central, take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck 88, meet the residents at Melbourne Zoo, and explore the world behind art at The Johnston Collection.

To find photos, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Melbourne online vacation maker .

You can fly from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Melbourne in 5 hours. Another option is to drive. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in August: highs in Melbourne hover around 16°C, while lows dip to 6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums Parks Zoos & Aquariums
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Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum
Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance
National Gallery of Victoria ©
National Gallery of Victoria

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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.
Let the collections at Australian National Maritime Museum and Australian Centre for Photography capture your imagination. Kids will appreciate attractions like Bondi Beach and Manly Beach. There's much more to do: enjoy some music at Sydney Opera House, wander the streets of The Rocks, explore the galleries of Brett Whiteley Studio, and make a trip to Sydney Harbour Bridge.

For maps, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, use the Sydney online holiday planner .

You can fly from Melbourne to Sydney in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. In August, Sydney is a bit warmer than Melbourne - with highs of 22°C and lows of 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sat): observe the fascinating underwater world at Sea World Theme Park.

To see more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, use the Gold Coast journey planning website .

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Gold Coast takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In August, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Theme Parks
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Sea World Theme Park ©
Sea World Theme Park

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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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Sun): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On your second day here, look for gifts at With Sugar, meet the residents at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, then identify plant and animal life at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, and finally view the masterpieces at Des Spencer Galleries.

To find maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Port Douglas tour planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Gold Coast to Port Douglas takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, flight, and shuttle; or drive. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Gold Coast in August: high temperatures in Port Douglas hover around 31°C and lows are around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) to allow enough 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
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas ©
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas

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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 20th (Tue), identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas. Keep things going the next day: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

For more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Cairns trip builder site .

Drive from Port Douglas to Cairns in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. In August, plan for daily highs up to 31°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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