18 days in Australia Itinerary

18 days in Australia Itinerary

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18 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Philadelphia
Fly:  25​h
1
Cairns
— 1 night
bus:  1​h 15​min
2
Port Douglas
— 3 nights
shuttle + Fly:  5​h 45​min
3
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 45​min
4
Melbourne
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
5
Sydney
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
6
Brisbane
— 3 nights
Fly:  22​h 45​min
End: Philadelphia

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Thu): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On your second day here, enjoy some diversion at Esplanade Lagoon Pool, let the kids burn off some steam at Muddy's Playground, and then hike along Esplanade Boardwalk.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Cairns online trip itinerary builder .

Philadelphia, USA to Cairns is an approximately 25-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. You'll lose 15 hours traveling from Philadelphia to Cairns due to the time zone difference. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Philadelphia in May: high temperatures in Cairns hover around 82°F and lows are around 69°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can go by car to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk
Esplanade Lagoon Pool ©
Esplanade Lagoon Pool

3
nights
Port Douglas

A holiday in Port Douglas balances an activity-filled getaway with plenty of opportunities to relax, thanks to its proximity to the Great Barrier Reef and bustling beach life.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sat): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stop by With Sugar, then meet the residents at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, then explore and take pictures at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, and finally browse the exhibits of Des Spencer Galleries.

To find traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Port Douglas trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Cairns to Port Douglas in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. In May, daytime highs in Port Douglas are 82°F, while nighttime lows are 69°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas ©
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Mon): hike along Kuniya Walk, then contemplate the waterfront views at Mutitjulu Waterhole, then take in the dramatic natural features at Uluru, and finally trek along Uluru Hiking Path. Keep things going the next day: head outdoors with Walpa Gorge, explore the striking landscape at Kata Tjuta, and then get engrossed in the history at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre.

To find ratings, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read our Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip builder website .

Do a combination of shuttle and flight from Port Douglas to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Port Douglas in May, expect Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to be a bit cooler, temps between 76°F and 51°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

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

2
nights
Melbourne

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Melbourne is known for museums, shopping, parks, nightlife, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Melbourne Zoo, see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum, admire the landmark architecture of Royal Exhibition Building, and take in nature's colorful creations at Fitzroy Gardens.

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Traveling by flight from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Melbourne takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in May; daily highs in Melbourne reach 63°F and lows reach 46°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Historic Sites Museums
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Balloon Rides
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum

4
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.
Spend the 25th (Tue) exploring nature at Sydney Harbour National Park. The adventure continues: stroll through Bondi Beach, hike along The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk, take a stroll through The Rocks, and meet the residents at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium.

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Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Sydney takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Melbourne in May; daily highs in Sydney reach 70°F and lows reach 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Sydney Harbour National Park
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Manly Beach
Manly Beach

3
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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Wed): get in on the family fun at Dreamworld. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Thu): look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, contemplate the waterfront views at The Brisbane River, and then admire the natural beauty at City Botanic Gardens.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Brisbane trip itinerary builder .

Fly from Sydney to Brisbane in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 74°F in May, and nighttime lows around 56°F. On the 28th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Theme Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Dreamworld
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Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Dreamworld ©
Dreamworld
The Brisbane River ©
The Brisbane River

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