18 days in Australia Itinerary

18 days in Australia Itinerary

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18 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Chicago
Fly:  22​h 30​min
1
Melbourne
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Sydney
— 3 nights
3
Brisbane
— 3 nights
4
Cairns
— 6 nights
Fly:  21​h 30​min
End: Chicago

3
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Penguin Parade. Escape the urban bustle at Lake Wendouree and Melbourne Zoo. Head to Melbourne Central and Collins St/Swanston Stfor some retail therapy. The adventure continues: wander the streets of Degraves Street, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Patrick's Cathedral, contemplate the long history of Melbourne General Cemetery, and admire the striking features of Former Records Office.

To find other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read our Melbourne trip itinerary planner.

Chicago, USA to Melbourne is an approximately 22.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 16 hours traveling from Chicago to Melbourne. In April, Melbourne is somewhat warmer than Chicago - with highs of 68°F and lows of 50°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Penguin Parade, Lake Wendouree
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Lake Wendouree ©
Lake Wendouree
Penguin Parade ©
Penguin Parade
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo

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 the less-touristy side of things at The Rocks Markets and North Head Sanctuary. Get outdoors at Bondi Beach and Clovelly Beach. Take a break from Sydney with a short trip to Shelly Beach in Manly, about 36 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: appreciate the extensive heritage of The Rocks, take a stroll through Darling Harbour, trek along The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk, and catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Sydney road trip planning website .

You can fly from Melbourne to Sydney in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Melbourne in April since evenings lows in Sydney dip to 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Manly
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Manly Beach
Manly Beach
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House

3
nights
Brisbane

Queensland’s biggest town and state capital, Brisbane has an attractive, manicured image based around its riverside aesthetic as well as the contrast between its high-rise center and extensive urban greenery.
Visiting Zipline and The Brisbane River will get you outdoors. Visit Boggo Road Gaol and Albert Street Uniting Church for their historical value. The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, ponder the world of politics at General Post Office (GPO), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nepalese Pagoda, and make a trip to Cathedral Square.

To see more things to do, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Brisbane trip maker tool .

You can fly from Sydney to Brisbane in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. April in Brisbane sees daily highs of 78°F and lows of 61°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Brisbane

Outdoors Tours Historic Sites

Side Trip

Zipline
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Zipline
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Boggo Road Gaol ©
Boggo Road Gaol

6
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.
Visiting Palm Cove Beach and Atherton Tablelands will get you outdoors. For shopping fun, head to Humpy Nut World or Rusty's Market. Venture out of the city with trips to Curtain Fig National Park (in Yungaburra), Historic Village Herberton (in Herberton) and Birdworld Kuranda (in Kuranda). Spend the 17th (Wed) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. The adventure continues: head off the coast to Michaelmas Cay, explore the world behind art at Cairns Art Gallery, admire the landmark architecture of Freshwater Station, and take in the dramatic scenery at Josephine Falls.

For reviews, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read Cairns trip itinerary maker app .

You can fly from Brisbane to Cairns in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Brisbane in April: high temperatures in Cairns hover around 85°F and lows are around 72°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Historic Village Herberton, Curtain Fig National Park, Palm Cove Beach, Humpy Nut World, Birdworld Kuranda
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach
Historic Village Herberton ©
Historic Village Herberton

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