18 days in Australia Itinerary

18 days in Australia Itinerary

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18 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Buenos Aires
Fly:  19​h
1
Cairns
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + foot + ferry:  3​h 30​min
2
Airlie Beach
— 1 night
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  5​h
3
Brisbane
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
4
Melbourne
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
5
Sydney
— 6 nights
Fly:  19​h 30​min
End: Buenos Aires

3
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 Palm Cove Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Safaris (in Port Douglas) and Hartley's Crocodile Adventures (in Palm Cove). There's still lots to do: stop by Australian Leather Company.

To see ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Cairns online holiday builder .

Buenos Aires, Argentina to Cairns is an approximately 19-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from Argentine Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland), which is usually a 13 hour difference. In December in Cairns, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 26°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can travel to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Cairns

#Outdoors, #Wildlife, #Tours

Side Trips

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

1
night
Airlie Beach

Very much a town with an emphasis on the tropical lifestyle, Airlie Beach offers exotic surroundings with palm trees and charming, sandy beaches.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Mon): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

Planning Airlie Beach trip won't be overwheling when you use's Insprock itinerary maker.

Do a combination of flight and ferry from Cairns to Airlie Beach in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In December, daily temperatures in Airlie Beach can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) early enough to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Wildlife
Find places to stay Dec 30 — 31:
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Scuba & Snorkeling

2
nights
Brisbane

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.
On the 1st (Tue), kick back and relax at Moffat Beach, stroll through Dicky Beach, and then admire all the interesting features of Captain Cook Highway. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed): identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary and then take some stellar pictures from Mount Coot-tha Lookout.

For traveler tips, maps, photos, and other tourist information, use the Brisbane road trip planning app .

Do a combination of bus and flight from Airlie Beach to Brisbane in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and flight; or drive. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Airlie Beach in December since evenings lows in Brisbane dip to 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Brisbane

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trips

Caloundra, Captain Cook Highway
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Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Mount Coot-tha Lookout ©
Mount Coot-tha Lookout

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.
Head to Melbourne Central and Lightning Ridge Opal Minesfor plenty of shopping. Take a break from the city and head to Sandridge Beach and St. Kilda Beach. There's still lots to do: take a stroll through Degraves Street, stop by The Junk Company, enjoy the sand and surf at Half Moon Bay, and get a taste of the local shopping with Collins St/Swanston St.

To find maps, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Melbourne trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Brisbane to Melbourne takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Brisbane in January since evenings lows in Melbourne dip to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

#Shopping, #Outdoors, #Parks

Side Trip

St. Kilda Beach
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Melbourne Central ©
Melbourne Central
St. Kilda Beach ©
St. Kilda Beach
Sandridge Beach ©
Sandridge Beach

6
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.
Visit Bondi Beach and Clovelly for some beach relaxation. Step out of the city life by going to Manly Beach and Dee Why 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: get to know the fascinating history of The Rocks, hunt for treasures at Sydney Fish Market, stroll through Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, and kick back and relax at Coogee Beach.

To find reviews, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read our Sydney day trip planning app .

Fly from Melbourne to Sydney in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Melbourne in January since evenings lows in Sydney dip to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Beaches

Side Trip

Shelly Beach
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Manly Beach
Manly Beach
Coogee Beach ©
Coogee Beach

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