18 days in Australia Itinerary

18 days in Australia Itinerary

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18 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  3​h 45​min
1
Hobart
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 30​min
2
Canberra
— 1 day
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Sydney
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
4
Brisbane
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
5
Cairns
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
6
Port Douglas
— 3 nights
shuttle + Fly:  6​h 30​min
7
Melbourne
— 2 nights
End: Melbourne


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1
night
Hobart

Hobart ©
Snaking up the side of a rounded, tree-dotted hill, Hobart sits between Tasmania’s sprawling mountains and the vast estuary of the River Derwent.
On the 28th (Tue), steep yourself in history at Cascades Female Factory Historic Site and then take in the awesome beauty at Mount Wellington. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary, then examine the collection at Museum of Old and New Art, and then admire the natural beauty at Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens.

To find photos, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Hobart online trip itinerary builder .

Melbourne to Hobart is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In May, daily temperatures in Hobart can reach 18°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to travel to Canberra.

Things to do in Hobart

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Museum of Old and New Art
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Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary
Mount Wellington ©
Mount Wellington
Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens ©
Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens

1
day
Canberra

Canberra ©
A planned city with streets laid out in elaborate, geometric patterns and founded specifically to serve as the capital of the emerging Australian state, Canberra has a self-sufficient atmosphere.
On the 30th (Thu), get a sense of history and politics at Parliament of Australia, then engage your brain at Questacon, and then take an in-depth tour of Australian War Memorial.

For other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Canberra travel planner .

You can fly from Hobart to Canberra in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Hobart in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Canberra, with lows of 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to drive to Sydney.

Things to do in Canberra

Museums Childrens Museums
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Australian War Memorial ©
Australian War Memorial
Questacon ©
Questacon
Parliament of Australia ©
Parliament of Australia

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: kick back and relax at Bondi Beach, take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, enjoy some music at Sydney Opera House, and take a stroll through Darling Harbour.

To find traveler tips, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read Sydney holiday app .

Getting from Canberra to Sydney by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Canberra in May, expect Sydney to be somewhat warmer, temps between 24°C and 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Manly Beach
Manly Beach

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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Tue): stroll through Moffat Beach and then have some family-friendly fun at South Bank Parklands. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Wed): get great views at Mount Coot-tha Lookout and then identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary.

Make your Brisbane itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Getting from Sydney to Brisbane by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in June, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Wildlife Beaches

Side Trip

Moffat Beach
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South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Moffat Beach ©
Moffat Beach

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.
Spend the 6th (Thu) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 8th (Sat) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's still lots to do: hike along Esplanade Boardwalk, have fun at Esplanade Lagoon Pool, and let the kids burn off some steam at Muddy's Playground.

To see ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Cairns trip planning website .

You can fly from Brisbane to Cairns in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Brisbane in June: high temperatures in Cairns hover around 30°C and lows are around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to drive to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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 (Sun) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 10th (Mon) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. There's lots more to do: identify plant and animal life at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, look for gifts at With Sugar, get to know the resident critters at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, and don't miss a visit to St Mary’s by The Sea chapel.

To see maps, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Port Douglas trip maker site .

Drive from Cairns to Port Douglas in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. In June, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

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: look for all kinds of wild species at Royal Botanic Gardens, get to know the resident critters at Melbourne Zoo, have some family-friendly fun at Zero Latency, and make a trip to Shrine of Remembrance.

To see photos, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Melbourne attractions planning tool .

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Port Douglas to Melbourne takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Port Douglas in June, things will get cooler in Melbourne: highs are around 16°C and lows about 6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Tours Outdoors
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Balloon Rides
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum

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