18 days in Melbourne, Sydney & Queensland Itinerary

18 days in Melbourne, Sydney & Queensland Itinerary

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18 days in Melbourne, Sydney & Queensland Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  25​h
1
Melbourne
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Sydney
— 5 nights
Fly + shuttle:  6​h 45​min
3
Port Douglas
— 4 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
4
Cairns
— 2 nights
Fly:  23​h 15​min
End: London

5
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
You'll get in some beach time at St. Kilda Beach and Sandridge Beach. Do some cultural sightseeing at Shrine of Remembrance and Melbourne Museum. There's lots more to do: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Victoria, get engrossed in the history at Immigration Museum, and take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck 88.

To find photos, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Melbourne day trip tool .

London, UK to Melbourne is an approximately 25-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from London to Melbourne is 10 hours. Plan for much hotter temperatures traveling from London in February, with highs in Melbourne at 31°C and lows at 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trip

St. Kilda Beach
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Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance
Old Melbourne Gaol ©
Old Melbourne Gaol

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 some cultural insight at The Rocks and Sydney Opera House. We've included these beaches for you: Bondi Beach and Coogee Beach. Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Manly Beach, take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, examine the collection at Australian National Maritime Museum, and trek along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk.

To see other places to visit, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Sydney tour itinerary app .

You can fly from Melbourne to Sydney in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Traveling from Melbourne in February, Sydney is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Fri) to allow time for travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Darling Harbour ©
Darling Harbour
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
The Rocks ©
The Rocks

4
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.
Visiting Scuba & Snorkeling and Horses in Port will get you outdoors. You'll get in some beach time at Myall Beach and Four Mile Beach. Spend the 18th (Sun) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. It doesn't end there: stop by With Sugar.

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Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Sydney to Port Douglas takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and shuttle. Traveling from Sydney in February, things will get somewhat warmer in Port Douglas: highs are around 36°C and lows about 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can drive to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Myall Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Four Mile Beach ©
Four Mile 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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Tue): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On the next day, explore and take pictures at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures and then enjoy the sand and surf at Palm Cove Beach.

For maps, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Cairns road trip app .

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. February in Cairns sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 28°C at night. You will leave for home on the 22nd (Thu).

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Palm Cove
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach

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