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 45​min
1
Cairns
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
+3
shuttle + Fly + foot + bus:  11​h 15​min
3
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)
— 1 night
+2
bus + foot + Fly:  14​h 30​min
4
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
5
Melbourne
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
6
Newhaven
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
7
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly:  17​h 45​min
End: Los Angeles

1
night
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 4th (Sun), discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On the 5th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Esplanade Boardwalk, then brush up on your military savvy at The Australian Armour & Artillery Museum, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Cattana Wetlands.

To find photos, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Cairns trip planner .

Phoenix, USA to Cairns is an approximately 20-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland), which is usually a 17 hour difference. In August, Cairns is colder than Phoenix - with highs of 80°F and lows of 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) early enough to drive to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Cattana Wetlands
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk
Cattana Wetlands ©
Cattana Wetlands

2
nights
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 6th (Tue): take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports. Here are some ideas for day two: look for gifts at With Sugar, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, then look for all kinds of wild species at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Des Spencer Galleries.

For other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read Port Douglas day trip tool .

You can drive from Cairns to Port Douglas in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a shuttle. In August, daytime highs in Port Douglas are 80°F, while nighttime lows are 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park).

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

1
night
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) ©
Jabiru is a town in the Northern Territory of Australia. Start off your visit on the 8th (Thu): explore the striking landscape at Maguk Gorge and then explore the ancient world of Ubirr. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Nourlangie Rock, then examine the collection at Warradjan Cultural Centre, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Anbangbang Billabong.

For other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by combination of shuttle, flight, and bus from Port Douglas to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) takes 11.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and car; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

Kakadu National Park
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Ubirr ©
Ubirr
Nourlangie Rock ©
Nourlangie Rock
Warradjan Cultural Centre ©
Warradjan Cultural Centre

2
nights
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 in touch with nature at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre and Kuniya Walk. There's much more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Uluru, hike along Uluru Hiking Path, make a trip to Field of Light, and take in the awesome beauty at Kata Tjuta.

To find other places to visit, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park driving holiday planner .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 14.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and flight. In August in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, expect temperatures between 74°F during the day and 42°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta ©
Kata Tjuta
Kuniya Walk ©
Kuniya Walk

1
night
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Tue): explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Victoria, take an in-depth tour of Shrine of Remembrance, and then admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens. On the 14th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Melbourne Museum, stroll through Melbourne Zoo, and then enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck 88.

To find ratings and more tourist information, use the Melbourne tour itinerary maker app .

Getting from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Melbourne by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive. When traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in August, plan for slightly colder days in Melbourne, with highs around 57°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 42°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can travel to Newhaven.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums Parks Zoos & Aquariums
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Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance

2
nights
Newhaven

Newhaven ©
Newhaven is a town in southern Victoria, in the south Gippsland region. On the 15th (Thu), look for all kinds of wild species at Maru Koala and Animal Park, then meet the residents at The Nobbies Centre, then take in the dramatic natural features at Pyramid Rock, and finally take an in-depth tour of Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at Coal Creek Community Park and Museum, head off the coast to Churchill Island, and then brush up on your military savvy at National Vietnam Veterans Museum.

To find maps, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Newhaven trip itinerary builder site .

Traveling by car from Melbourne to Newhaven takes 2 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Newhaven can reach 57°F, while at night they dip to 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Newhaven

Parks Museums Wildlife

Side Trips

Ventnor, The Nobbies Centre, Maru Koala and Animal Park, Churchill Island, Coal Creek Community Park and Museum
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Maru Koala and Animal Park ©
Maru Koala and Animal Park
The Nobbies Centre ©
The Nobbies Centre
Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit ©
Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit

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.
You'll explore and learn at Australian National Maritime Museum and Hyde Park Barracks Museum. Your inner history buff will appreciate The Rocks and Museum of Sydney. The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Bondi Beach, make a trip to Sydney Opera House, get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and explore the world behind art at Art Gallery of New South Wales.

For more things to do, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read our Sydney trip planning site .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Newhaven to Sydney. When traveling from Newhaven in August, plan for a bit warmer days in Sydney, with highs around 66°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Manly Beach
Manly Beach

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