18 days in Australia Itinerary

18 days in Australia Itinerary

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18 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Singapore
Fly:  11​h
1
Brisbane
— 1 day
Fly:  3​h 15​min
2
Lord Howe Island
— 2 nights
Fly + train:  5​h
3
Leura
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
5
Melbourne
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
6
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 2 nights
Fly + shuttle:  6​h
7
Port Douglas
— 1 night
bus:  1​h 15​min
8
Cairns
— 3 nights
Fly:  7​h 30​min
End: Singapore

1
day
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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Tue): enjoy the sand and surf at Moffat Beach, then look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, and then take in nature's colorful creations at City Botanic Gardens.

For where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Brisbane trip itinerary planner .

Singapore, Singapore to Brisbane is an approximately 11-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone changes from Singapore Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland), which is usually a 2 hour difference. Traveling from Singapore in December, expect Brisbane to be a bit cooler, temps between 32°C and 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Lord Howe Island.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Wildlife Beaches

Side Trip

Moffat Beach
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Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Moffat Beach ©
Moffat Beach
City Botanic Gardens ©
City Botanic Gardens

2
nights
Lord Howe Island

Lord Howe Island ©
Bursting out of the Tasman Sea, Lord Howe Island offers stunning scenery and many sandy beaches.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Wed): examine the collection at Lord Howe Island Museum, then stroll through Lagoon Beach, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Ned's Beach. On the 19th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the awesome beauty at Mt Gower and then stroll through Lord Howe Island Walking Trails.

To see ratings, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Lord Howe Island trip website .

Traveling by flight from Brisbane to Lord Howe Island takes 3.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can travel to Leura.

Things to do in Lord Howe Island

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Ned's Beach ©
Ned's Beach
Lagoon Beach ©
Lagoon Beach
Lord Howe Island Walking Trails ©
Lord Howe Island Walking Trails

1
night
Leura

Leura ©
Leura is a suburb in the City of Blue Mountains local government area that is located west of the Sydney central business district in New South Wales, Australia. Kick off your visit on the 20th (Fri): stop by The Nook, stop by The Candy Store Leura, then look for gifts at Rick Rutherford's Country, then appreciate the extensive heritage of The National Pass, and finally admire the sheer force of Wentworth Falls.

For where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, go to the Leura travel route builder tool .

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Lord Howe Island to Leura takes 5 hours. December in Leura sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 19°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Sydney.

Things to do in Leura

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Rick Rutherford's Country, Wentworth Falls, The National Pass
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Wentworth Falls ©
Wentworth Falls
The National Pass ©
The National Pass
The Nook ©
The Nook

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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.
You'll get in some beach time at Bondi Beach and Coogee Beach. Take a break from the city and head to Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk and Clovelly. Next up on the itinerary: browse the eclectic array of goods at Sydney Fish Market, stop by Opal Minded, enjoy the sand and surf at Manly Beach, and don't miss a visit to Queen Victoria Building (QVB).

To see photos, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Sydney tour builder tool .

Traveling by car from Leura to Sydney takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In December, daily temperatures in Sydney can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Manly Beach
Manly Beach

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nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Melbourne Central and Bourke Street Mall. Get outdoors at Melbourne Zoo and Sandridge Beach. And it doesn't end there: stop by Lightning Ridge Opal Mines, admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, and tour the water at your own pace with Melbourne Boat Hire.

To see traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Melbourne tour planning site .

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 December, expect a bit cooler with lows of 14°C in Melbourne. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Melbourne

Shopping Parks Outdoors
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Melbourne Central ©
Melbourne Central
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo
Melbourne Boat Hire ©
Melbourne Boat Hire

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 27th (Fri): hike along Kuniya Walk, explore the striking landscape at Uluru, then take an in-depth tour of Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, then take in the exciting artwork at Walkatjara Art, and finally stroll through Uluru Hiking Path. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get outside with Walpa Gorge and then take in the awesome beauty at Kata Tjuta.

To see reviews, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park route maker tool .

Fly from Melbourne to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Melbourne in December, expect Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to be somewhat warmer, temps between 42°C and 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Port Douglas.

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

1
night
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 29th (Sun): get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports. Here are some ideas for day two: see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read our Port Douglas online itinerary planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Port Douglas takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. While traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Port Douglas, ranging from highs of 36°C to lows of 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris

3
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.
We've included these beaches for you: Palm Cove Beach and Trinity Beach. Get in touch with nature at Scuba & Snorkeling and Hartley's Crocodile Adventures. It doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Esplanade Boardwalk and have some family-friendly fun at Cairns Kart Hire Track.

For maps, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Cairns road trip planner.

Drive from Port Douglas to Cairns in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Cairns Kart Hire Track, Trinity Beach
Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 2:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk

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