18 days in Australia Itinerary

18 days in Australia Itinerary

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18 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Brisbane
Drive:  19​h
1
Melbourne
— 5 nights
Drive:  8​h 15​min
2
Adelaide
— 5 nights
Drive:  9​h
3
Coober Pedy
— 3 nights
Drive:  7​h 45​min
4
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
End: Brisbane

5
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 discover tucked-away gems like Jirrahlinga Koala & Wildlife Sanctuary and AAMI Park. Get outdoors at Y Water Discovery Centre and Catani Gardens. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Melbourne: Toolangi (Wirrawilla Rainforest Walk & Toolangi Sculpture Trail). Next up on the itinerary: get your game on at Zero Latency, test your team's savvy at Escape Hunt Melbourne, contemplate the long history of Parliament House of Victoria, and take a memorable tour with Tours.

For other places to visit, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Melbourne trip itinerary maker site .

Brisbane to Melbourne is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Brisbane in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Melbourne, with lows of 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) to allow time to travel to Adelaide.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

St Kilda, Toolangi, Y Water Discovery Centre, Jirrahlinga Koala & Wildlife Sanctuary
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Flagstaff Gardens ©
Flagstaff Gardens
Y Water Discovery Centre ©
Y Water Discovery Centre
Toolangi Sculpture Trail ©
Toolangi Sculpture Trail

5
nights
Adelaide

Adelaide ©
Adelaide exists contentedly as a cultured, diverse, and attractive city with a laid-back center, leafy residential districts, and an underlying cosmopolitan atmosphere.
Discover out-of-the-way places like West Beach and Ingalalla Falls. Escape the urban bustle at Port Noarlunga Reef and Hallett Cove Conservation Park. Get out of town with these interesting Adelaide side-trips: Semaphore Beach (in Semaphore), McLaren Vale III Associates (in McLaren Vale) and Laratinga Wetlands (in Mount Barker). The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Cleland Conservation Park, do a tasting at Paracombe Premium Perry, admire the masterpieces at The David Roche Foundation, and take a stroll through Rundle Street East.

To find maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Adelaide trip maker app .

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Adelaide takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. January in Adelaide sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Wed) to allow time for travel to Coober Pedy.

Things to do in Adelaide

Parks Wildlife Wineries

Side Trips

Semaphore Beach, Ingalalla Falls, Laratinga Wetlands, Port Noarlunga Reef, McLaren Vale III Associates
Find places to stay Jan 3 — 8:
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Cleland Conservation Park ©
Cleland Conservation Park
Port Noarlunga Reef ©
Port Noarlunga Reef
Hallett Cove Conservation Park ©
Hallett Cove Conservation Park

3
nights
Coober Pedy

Coober Pedy ©
The population of Coober Pedy exploded after the discovery of opals in 1915.
Get in touch with nature at Breakaways Conservation Park and Coober Pedy Opal Fields Golf Course. Explore hidden gems such as Josephine's Gallery & Kangaroo Orphanage and Catacomb Church. There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Faye's Underground Home, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Serbian Orthodox Church, don't miss a visit to Spaceship from Pitch Black, and look for gifts at Opalios.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Coober Pedy route app .

Getting from Adelaide to Coober Pedy by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Adelaide in January, expect Coober Pedy to be somewhat warmer, temps between 41°C and 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to drive to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Coober Pedy

Wildlife Parks Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jan 8 — 11:
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Breakaways Conservation Park ©
Breakaways Conservation Park
Catacomb Church ©
Catacomb Church
Faye's Underground Home ©
Faye's Underground Home

3
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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sun): get outside with Walpa Gorge, then make a trip to Uluru, then explore the activities along Mutitjulu Waterhole, and finally trek along Kuniya Walk. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Mon): take in the pleasant sights at Field of Light, get a new perspective on nature at Wintjiri Arts + Museum, look for all kinds of wild species at Red Desert Reptiles, then take an in-depth tour of Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Walkatjara Art.

To see reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip website .

Traveling by car from Coober Pedy to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. In January, daytime highs in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park are 43°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. On the 14th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Outdoors Parks Museums

Side Trip

Yulara
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Walpa Gorge ©
Walpa Gorge
Uluru Hiking Path ©
Uluru Hiking Path
Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre ©
Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre

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