18 days in Australia Itinerary

18 days in Australia Itinerary

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18 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Dubai
Fly:  16​h 30​min
1
Sydney
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Melbourne
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
3
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 2 nights
Fly + shuttle:  6​h
4
Port Douglas
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Cairns
— 4 nights
Fly:  16​h 45​min
End: Dubai

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.
Sydney is known for nightlife, trails, beaches, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: trek along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, tour the pleasant surroundings at Bondi Beach, take in the views from Sydney Harbour Bridge, and take a stroll through The Rocks.

To see photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Sydney online travel route builder .

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Sydney is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 6 hours traveling from Dubai to Sydney. Traveling from Dubai in June, things will get much colder in Sydney: highs are around 21°C and lows about 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach

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.
Melbourne is known for museums, parks, shopping, zoos & aquariums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in nature's colorful creations at Melbourne Zoo, explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Victoria, contemplate the long history of Old Melbourne Gaol, and enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck 88.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, go to the Melbourne trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Sydney to Melbourne in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Sydney in July, expect Melbourne to be slightly colder, temps between 15°C and 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Fri) to allow time for travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Melbourne

#Museums, #Parks, #Historic Sites
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Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo
Old Melbourne Gaol ©
Old Melbourne Gaol

2
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 7th (Sat): take in the dramatic natural features at Kata Tjuta, then view the masterpieces at Walkatjara Art, then identify plant and animal life at Kuniya Walk, and finally don't miss a visit to Uluru.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park road trip site .

Getting from Melbourne to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive. Traveling from Melbourne in July, you will find days in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park are somewhat warmer (24°C), and nights are about the same (4°C). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Sun) to allow time for travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors
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Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta ©
Kata Tjuta
Kuniya Walk ©
Kuniya Walk

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.
Spend the 9th (Mon) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 10th (Tue) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. There's lots more to do: meet the residents at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, kick back and relax at Four Mile Beach, and don't miss a visit to St Mary’s by The Sea chapel.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Port Douglas using our trip planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Port Douglas takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in July, expect nights in Port Douglas to be much hotter, around 20°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to drive to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Wildlife
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas ©
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas

4
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.
Explore Cairns' surroundings by going to Palm Cove (Hartley's Crocodile Adventures & Spas & Wellness). Spend the 12th (Thu) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's much more to do: choose your vessel at Shaolin Junk Cruises, pause for some serene contemplation at St Monica's Cathedral, do some two-wheel cruising with Trail Bike Adventures, and enjoy some diversion at Esplanade Lagoon Pool.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read Cairns trip planner .

Traveling by car from Port Douglas to Cairns takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. In July, daily temperatures in Cairns can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. On the 15th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Wildlife

Side Trip

Palm Cove
Find places to stay Jul 11 — 15:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk

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