18 days in Australia Itinerary

18 days in Australia Itinerary

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18 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Brussels
Fly:  25​h
1
Sydney
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 15​min
2
Alice Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h
3
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  35​h
4
Brisbane
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
5
Hervey Bay
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 30​min
6
Rockhampton
— 1 night
Drive:  7​h
7
Airlie Beach
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
8
Townsville
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
9
Cairns
— 2 nights
Drive:  29​h
End: Sydney

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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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Sun): get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, kick back and relax at Bondi Beach, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney.

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Brussels, Belgium to Sydney is an approximately 25-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone changes from Central European Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales), which is usually a 9 hour difference. Traveling from Brussels in July, expect Sydney to be little chillier, temps between 21°C and 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can travel to Alice Springs.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney ©
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney

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Alice Springs

Alice Springs ©
Situated right in the heart of Australia, Alice Springs serves as an urban oasis deep within the country’s parched, desert-like Red Center.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Mon): view the masterpieces at Talapi, then steep yourself in history at Alice Springs Telegraph Station Historical Reserve, then take in the local highlights with Walking tours, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Alice Springs Desert Park.

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Traveling by flight from Sydney to Alice Springs takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Sydney in July, expect little chillier with lows of 3°C in Alice Springs. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Alice Springs

Wildlife Tours Parks
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Alice Springs Desert Park ©
Alice Springs Desert Park
Walking tours

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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.
Take a break from the city and head to Kuniya Walk and Uluru. There's lots more to do: appreciate the views at Valley of the Winds, get engrossed in the history at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, head outdoors with Walpa Gorge, and take in the exciting artwork at Walkatjara Art.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read our Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park itinerary builder website .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Alice Springs to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In July, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 4°C. On the 26th (Fri), you'll travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Kuniya Walk ©
Kuniya Walk
Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga ©
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga

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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 28th (Sun), look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, let little ones run wild at South Bank Parklands, and then try out the rides at Wheel of Brisbane.

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You can fly from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Brisbane in 5.5 hours. Another option is to drive. Traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in July, Brisbane is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) early enough to travel to Hervey Bay.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Wildlife Theme Parks
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Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands

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Hervey Bay

With the largest population in the Fraser Coast Region, Hervey Bay is a hub of activity.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Mon): get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then grab your bike and head to Esplanade, and then take in the waterfront at The Pier.

For where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Hervey Bay travel route planner .

Traveling by flight from Brisbane to Hervey Bay takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. In July, daily temperatures in Hervey Bay can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Rockhampton.

Things to do in Hervey Bay

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Esplanade ©
Esplanade
The Pier ©
The Pier

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Rockhampton

Rockhampton ©
With over 300 sunny days every year, Rockhampton plays host to numerous outdoor activities.
On the 30th (Tue), meet the residents at Rockhampton Botanic Gardens, identify plant and animal life at Capricorn Caves, then don't miss a visit to Singing Ship, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Anzac Plaza Emu Park.

To see where to stay, photos, maps, and other tourist information, use the Rockhampton online trip itinerary maker .

You can do a combination of taxi and train from Hervey Bay to Rockhampton in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In July, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 13°C. On the 31st (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Rockhampton

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Wildlife

Side Trips

Yeppoon, Emu Park
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Capricorn Caves ©
Capricorn Caves
Singing Ship ©
Singing Ship
Rockhampton Botanic Gardens ©
Rockhampton Botanic Gardens

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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.
On the 1st (Thu), discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Airlie Beach trip itinerary planner .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Rockhampton to Airlie Beach in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Rockhampton in July since evenings lows in Airlie Beach dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) to allow time to take a bus to Townsville.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
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Scuba & Snorkeling

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Townsville

Townsville ©
Tucked snugly beneath a steep, craggy mount--known as Castle Hill--the vibrant city of Townsville is as picturesque as its backdrop.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Fri): step off the mainland to explore Museum of Tropical Queensland and then kick back and relax at The Strand.

Before you visit Townsville, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

You can take a bus from Airlie Beach to Townsville in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. When traveling from Airlie Beach in August, plan for a bit warmer days and a bit cooler nights in Townsville: temperatures range from 30°C by day to 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Townsville

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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The Strand ©
The Strand
Museum of Tropical Queensland ©
Museum of Tropical Queensland

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Sat): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On the 4th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: trek along Esplanade Boardwalk, experience rural life at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, and then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Cairns sightseeing planner .

Traveling by flight from Townsville to Cairns takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August in Cairns, expect temperatures between 31°C during the day and 20°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Find places to stay Aug 2 — 4:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk

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