18 days in Australia Itinerary

18 days in Australia Itinerary

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18 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Mumbai
Fly:  17​h 15​min
1
Sydney
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Melbourne
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h
3
Gold Coast
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
4
Cairns
— 4 nights
Fly:  15​h 30​min
End: Mumbai

5
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 The Gap Park and The National Pass. Head to Birkenhead Point Brand Outlet and Opal Mindedfor plenty of shopping. When in Sydney, make a side trip to see Lincoln's Rock in Blue Mountains National Park, approximately 1h 30 min away. There's still lots to do: ponder the world of politics at Sydney Town Hall, experience the excitement of Virtual Room Sydney - Virtual Reality Sydney Adventure, admire all the interesting features of James Craig Tall Ship, and get to know the fascinating history of Sydney Harbour Circle Walk.

To find where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Sydney tour itinerary planner.

Mumbai, India to Sydney is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 4 hours traveling from Mumbai to Sydney. While traveling from Mumbai, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Sydney, ranging from highs of 32°C to lows of 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Fun & Games Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Blue Mountains National Park
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The National Pass ©
The National Pass
Lincoln's Rock ©
Lincoln's Rock

4
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Explore hidden gems such as 13th Beach and Redwood Forest. Head to Myer and Emporium Melbournefor plenty of shopping. Venture out of the city with trips to Marion Rosetzky Gallery (in Red Hill), Yileena Park (in Yarra Glen) and Fishing Charters & Tours (in Sorrento). There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Rye Beach, view the masterpieces at The City Gallery, test your problem-solving skills at Escape Hunt Melbourne, and take an in-depth tour of Museum of Chinese Australian History Inc..

To see photos, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Melbourne trip maker website .

You can fly from Sydney to Melbourne in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Sydney in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Melbourne, with lows of 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Melbourne

Outdoors Parks Shopping

Side Trips

Fishing Charters & Tours, Yileena Park, 13th Beach, Marion Rosetzky Gallery, Catani Gardens
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13th Beach ©
13th Beach
Rye Beach ©
Rye Beach
Fishing Charters & Tours

2
nights
Gold Coast

Gold Coast ©
A city of towering skyscrapers, sandy beaches, and tree-lined streets, Gold Coast has an unpretentious air complemented by a citywide focus on sports and the arts.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): trek along Mount Warning Summit Trail and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Warning. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Tue): kick back and relax at Tugun Beach, then stroll through Currumbin Beach, and then browse the fresh offerings at Palm Beach Currumbin Farmers Markets.

For where to stay, maps, photos, and more tourist information, use the Gold Coast attractions website .

You can fly from Melbourne to Gold Coast in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Gold Coast when traveling from Melbourne in December, with lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Mount Warning, Mount Warning Summit Trail
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Tugun Beach ©
Tugun Beach
Currumbin Beach ©
Currumbin Beach
Mount Warning ©
Mount Warning

4
nights
Cairns

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.
Get outdoors at Opal Reef and Josephine Falls. Head to Rusty's Market and Cairns Art Galleryfor some retail therapy. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cairns: Babinda Boulders (in Babinda), The Bat Hospital Visitor Centre (in Atherton) and The Afghanistan Avenue of Honour (in Yungaburra). And it doesn't end there: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, identify plant and animal life at Atherton Tablelands, learn about all things military at The Australian Armour & Artillery Museum, and get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Cairns Aquarium.

To see other places to visit, reviews, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Cairns day trip site .

You can fly from Gold Coast to Cairns in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Gold Coast in December; daily highs in Cairns reach 36°C and lows reach 26°C. On the 29th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Babinda Boulders, Yorkeys Knob Beach, The Afghanistan Avenue of Honour, Opal Reef, The Bat Hospital Visitor Centre
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Atherton Tablelands ©
Atherton Tablelands
Babinda Boulders ©
Babinda Boulders
Shark Diving

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