18 days in Australia Itinerary

18 days in Australia Itinerary

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18 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Philadelphia
Fly:  25​h
1
Cairns
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
2
Darwin
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
3
Alice Springs
— 1 day
Fly:  4​h 45​min
4
Melbourne
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
5
Hobart
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
6
Sydney
— 5 nights
Fly:  26​h
End: Philadelphia

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Scuba & Snorkeling and Atherton Tablelands. Spend the 17th (Tue) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Next up on the itinerary: hike along Esplanade Boardwalk and view the masterpieces at Bones and Jones.

To find ratings, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Cairns trip itinerary maker app .

Philadelphia, USA to Cairns is an approximately 25-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Philadelphia to Cairns, you'll lose 15 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for warmer temperatures traveling from Philadelphia in March, with highs in Cairns at 87°F and lows at 74°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to travel to Darwin.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Scuba & Snorkeling
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Scuba & Snorkeling
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Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk

2
nights
Darwin

The smallest of Australia’s state capitals, Darwin has nevertheless become an attractive and important urban center, being simultaneously one of the country’s most modernized cities and a gateway to both the Top End region and South East Asia.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Fri): get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Here are some ideas for day two: look for all kinds of wild species at East Point Reserve, then kick back and relax at Mindil Beach, and then identify plant and animal life at Crocosaurus Cove.

To see ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Darwin trip builder app .

Fly from Cairns to Darwin in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. March in Darwin sees daily highs of 90°F and lows of 76°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) to allow time to travel to Alice Springs.

Things to do in Darwin

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Crocosaurus Cove ©
Crocosaurus Cove
Mindil Beach ©
Mindil Beach

1
day
Alice Springs

Alice Springs ©
Situated right in the heart of Australia, Alice Springs serves as an urban oasis deep within the country’s parched, desert-like Red Center.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): look for all kinds of wild species at Alice Springs Desert Park, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Gillen, then identify plant and animal life at The Kangaroo Sanctuary, and finally explore the striking landscape of Emily Gap.

To see where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Alice Springs tour planning app .

You can fly from Darwin to Alice Springs in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Darwin in March, expect a bit cooler with lows of 65°F in Alice Springs. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Alice Springs

Parks Wildlife Nature
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The Kangaroo Sanctuary ©
The Kangaroo Sanctuary
Alice Springs Desert Park ©
Alice Springs Desert Park
Mount Gillen ©
Mount Gillen

2
nights
Melbourne

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Get in touch with nature at Balloon Rides and Panorama Garden Estate. Spend the 23rd (Mon) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. The adventure continues: examine the collection at Melbourne Museum, enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck 88, appreciate the history behind Fairfield Industrial Dog Object, and look for gifts at Pussycat Black.

For other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Melbourne road trip app .

Getting from Alice Springs to Melbourne by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In March, Melbourne is little chillier than Alice Springs - with highs of 78°F and lows of 56°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to travel to Hobart.

Things to do in Melbourne

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Panorama Garden Estate, Fairfield Industrial Dog Object
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Balloon Rides
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Panorama Garden Estate ©
Panorama Garden Estate

2
nights
Hobart

Hobart ©
Snaking up the side of a rounded, tree-dotted hill, Hobart sits between Tasmania’s sprawling mountains and the vast estuary of the River Derwent.
On the 26th (Thu), stop by Hammer and Hand Metal Gallery, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St George's Anglican Church, take some stellar pictures from Mount Nelson Lookout, appreciate the history behind Cenotaph, then pause for some photo ops at Charles Meredith, and finally grab your bike and head to The Pipeline Track. Keep things going the next day: steep yourself in history at Cascades Female Factory Historic Site, get curious at Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, look for all kinds of wild species at Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary, then explore the world behind art at Lady Franklin Gallery, then take in the awesome beauty at Mount Wellington, and finally buy something for everyone on your list at Cat and Fiddle Arcade.

For other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Hobart trip itinerary app .

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Hobart takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Traveling from Melbourne in March, expect nights in Hobart to be about the same, around 52°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 71°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Hobart

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trip

Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary
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Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary
Mount Wellington ©
Mount Wellington
The Pipeline Track ©
The Pipeline Track

5
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 Manly Beach and The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk. Get out of town with these interesting Sydney side-trips: Bridal Veil Falls (in Katoomba), Everglades Historic House and Gardens (in Leura) and Pulpit Rock Lookout (in Blue Mountains National Park). There's much more to do: take in the views from Sydney Harbour Bridge, stroll through Rose Bay to Nielsen Park Walk, make a trip to Mrs Macquarie's Chair, and explore the world behind art at Customs House.

To see reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Sydney sightseeing planner .

Getting from Hobart to Sydney by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, ferry, and train; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Hobart in March: high temperatures in Sydney hover around 79°F and lows are around 66°F. On the 1st (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Pulpit Rock Lookout, Bridal Veil Falls, Everglades Historic House and Gardens
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Manly Beach
Manly Beach
Pulpit Rock Lookout ©
Pulpit Rock Lookout

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