18 days in Australia Itinerary

18 days in Australia Itinerary

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18 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Dehradun
Fly:  23​h
1
Cairns
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
2
Gold Coast
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
4
Melbourne
— 6 nights
Fly:  18​h 30​min
End: Dehradun

3
nights
Cairns

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 enjoy Trinity Beach and Birdworld Kuranda. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Historic Village Herberton and Tablelands, Waterfalls, and Spanish Castle. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cairns: Spas & Wellness (in Palm Cove) and Etty Bay (in Innisfail). There's much more to do: identify plant and animal life at Atherton Tablelands, take a memorable tour with Tours, and relax in the rural setting at Gallo DairyLand.

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Dehradun, India to Cairns is an approximately 23-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from India Standard Time (IST) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) (AEST) is 4 hours. In December in Cairns, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Cairns

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Historic Village Herberton, Birdworld Kuranda, Etty Bay, Trinity Beach
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Historic Village Herberton ©
Historic Village Herberton
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
Atherton Tablelands ©
Atherton Tablelands

4
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.
Family-friendly places like Burleigh Head National Park and Kirra Beach will thrill your kids. Head to Robina Town Shopping Centre and Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centrefor some retail therapy. Change things up with these side-trips from Gold Coast: New Govardhana Australia (in Eungella), Lennox Head Beach (in Lennox Head) and Fingal Head Lighthouse (in Fingal Head). Spend the 28th (Fri) exploring nature at Natural Bridge. And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Kurrawa Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Belongil Beach, and visit a coastal fixture at Captain Cook Memorial and Lighthouse.

To find photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Gold Coast trip planner .

You can fly from Cairns to Gold Coast in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Cairns in December; daily highs in Gold Coast reach 32°C and lows reach 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Belongil Beach, Fingal Head Lighthouse, New Govardhana Australia, Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre, Lennox Head Beach
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Kirra Beach ©
Kirra Beach
Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park
Kurrawa Beach ©
Kurrawa Beach

3
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Shelly Beach and Camp Cove. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Nan Tien Temple and Bouddi National Park. Get out of town with these interesting Sydney side-trips: Australia Walkabout Wildlife Park (in Calga), Wollongong Head Lighthouse (in Wollongong) and Glenworth Valley Outdoor Adventures (in Glenworth Valley). The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Balmoral Beach, Mosman.

To find other places to visit, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read Sydney itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Gold Coast to Sydney takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in December, and nighttime lows around 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Wollongong, Shelly Beach, Bouddi National Park, Australia Walkabout Wildlife Park, Balmoral Beach, Mosman
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Balmoral Beach, Mosman ©
Balmoral Beach, Mosman
Shelly Beach ©
Shelly Beach
Nan Tien Temple ©
Nan Tien Temple

6
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 enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Eastern Beach Reserve and Mount Martha Beach. Discover out-of-the-way places like Ocean Beach and Ballarat Wildlife Park. Change things up with these side-trips from Melbourne: St Mary of the Angels (in Geelong), St Anne's Winery (in Bacchus Marsh) and Lake Daylesford (in Daylesford). The adventure continues: stroll through 13th Beach, explore the engaging exhibits at Australian Centre for the Moving Image, visit a coastal fixture at Point Lonsdale Lighthouse, and contemplate the long history of St. Patrick's Cathedral.

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Traveling by flight from Sydney to Melbourne takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Sydney in January, expect a bit cooler with lows of 17°C in Melbourne. You'll set off for home on the 8th (Tue).

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Ballarat, Geelong, St Anne's Winery, Bells Beach, Ocean Beach
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Eastern Beach Reserve ©
Eastern Beach Reserve
Bells Beach ©
Bells Beach
Ballarat Wildlife Park ©
Ballarat Wildlife Park