18 days in Australia Itinerary

18 days in Australia Itinerary

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18 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Fly:  17​h
1
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
2
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 3 nights
Fly + shuttle:  5​h 45​min
3
Port Douglas
— 6 nights
shuttle + Fly:  3​h 30​min
4
Hamilton Island
— 1 night
Travel:  2​h 30​min
5
Whitsunday Island
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  22​h
End: San Francisco

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.
Get in touch with nature at Bondi Beach and Manly Beach. Step out of Sydney with an excursion to Coachwood Glen Nature Trail in Megalong Valley--about 1h 40 min away. And it doesn't end there: hike along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, make a trip to Sydney Harbour Bridge, stop by DUX Collection Sydney, and wander the streets of The Rocks.

To see maps, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Sydney road trip site .

San Francisco, USA to Sydney is an approximately 17-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus, shuttle, and flight. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) is 18 hours. Traveling from San Francisco in June, things will get slightly colder in Sydney: highs are around 65°F and lows about 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Coachwood Glen Nature Trail
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Manly Beach
Manly Beach
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk

3
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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 in touch with nature at Uluru and Kuniya Walk. And it doesn't end there: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Kata Tjuta, go for a walk through Lungkata Walk, make a trip to Field of Light, and head outdoors with Walpa Gorge.

To see maps, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park visit website .

Getting from Sydney to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive. Traveling from Sydney in June, expect little chillier with lows of 44°F in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Sat) to allow time for travel to Port Douglas.

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
Kuniya Walk ©
Kuniya Walk

6
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.
Visiting Safaris and Scuba & Snorkeling will get you outdoors. You'll get in some beach time at Four Mile Beach and Palm Cove Beach. There's still lots to do: experience rural life at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, see the vivid underwater world at Agincourt Reef, look for all kinds of wild species at Mossman Gorge, and head outdoors with Horses in Port.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Port Douglas travel route builder site .

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Port Douglas takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. While traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, expect somewhat warmer days and much hotter nights in Port Douglas, ranging from highs of 79°F to lows of 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to travel to Hamilton Island.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Mossman Gorge Centre
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

1
night
Hamilton Island

Hamilton Island ©
A trip to Hamilton Island takes you to a car-free destination mostly covered in bushland.
On the 5th (Fri), discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On the next day, tee off at Hamilton Island Golf Club and then kick back and relax at Catseye Beach.

Plan my trip to Hamilton Island with suggested itineraries provided by Inspirock.

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Port Douglas to Hamilton Island in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. Traveling from Port Douglas in July, expect nights in Hamilton Island to be about the same, around 65°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 71°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can travel to Whitsunday Island.

Things to do in Hamilton Island

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Catseye Beach ©
Catseye Beach
Hamilton Island Golf Club ©
Hamilton Island Golf Club

1
night
Whitsunday Island

Whitsunday Island ©
Start off your visit on the 7th (Sun): head off the coast to Whitsunday Islands National Park and then kick back and relax at Whitehaven Beach.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Whitsunday Island online tour itinerary maker .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Hamilton Island to Whitsunday Island. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Whitsunday Island when traveling from Hamilton Island in July, with lows around 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Whitsunday Island

Parks Wildlife Nature
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Whitehaven Beach ©
Whitehaven Beach
Whitsunday Islands National Park ©
Whitsunday Islands National Park

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