18 days in Australia Itinerary

18 days in Australia Itinerary

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Sydney
— 3 nights
Drive
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Katoomba
— 2 nights
Train to Sydney, Fly to Melbourne
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Melbourne
— 4 nights
Fly
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Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 2 nights
Fly
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Port Douglas
— 1 night
Drive
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Cairns
— 2 nights
Fly
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Brisbane
— 2 nights
Drive
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Gold Coast
— 1 night
Fly

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Sydney

The Harbour City

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, beaches, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the striking features of Sydney Opera House, take a stroll through The Rocks, take some stellar pictures from Pylon Lookout at Sydney Harbour Bridge, and stop by Darling Harbour.

To find photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Sydney online holiday planner.

Use the Route module to see travel options from your home to Sydney. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in December, and nighttime lows around 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Katoomba.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks · Outdoors · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites

Side Trip

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Katoomba

Located off of the Great Western Highway, Katoomba is the main hub of the City of Blue Mountains.
On the 31st (Thu), admire the sheer force of Bridal Veil Falls, browse for treasures at Odd Mountain, get great views at The Three Sisters, then head outdoors with Eagle Rock Adventures Pty Ltd, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Cahill's Lookout. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Fri): explore the landscape on two wheels at Narrow Neck Trail, then scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, and then take some stellar pictures from Spooners Lookout.

For maps, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Katoomba trip planner.

Getting from Sydney to Katoomba by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Katoomba are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Katoomba

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Trails

4
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Melbourne

Australia's Garden City

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Step out of Melbourne to go to Torquay and see The Great Ocean Road, which is approximately 1h 35 min away. And it doesn't end there: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, make a trip to Flinders Street Station, walk around Fitzroy Gardens, and steep yourself in history at Old Melbourne Gaol.

To see traveler tips, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read Melbourne trip maker tool.

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Katoomba to Melbourne takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Katoomba in January, plan for slightly colder nights in Melbourne, with lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks · Outdoors · Scenic Drive · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

2
nights
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Please note that visitors are no longer allowed to trek up Uluru.

Located right in the center of Australia, the national park boasts perhaps the country's most iconic natural symbol and a sacred place for the region's indigenous people--as well as Kata Tjuta, a collection of 36 red rocks forming an equally distinctive sight.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Wed): get answers to all your questions at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, then admire all the interesting features of Uluru, and then go for a walk through Mala Walk. On the 7th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the pleasant sights at Lungkata Walk, then explore the striking landscape at Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga, and then identify plant and animal life at Kuniya Walk.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip planner.

You can fly from Melbourne to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 5 hours. Another option is to drive. Traveling from Melbourne to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, you'll gain 0.5 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Melbourne in January, expect Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to be somewhat warmer, temps between 43°C and 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks · Nature · Museums · Outdoors

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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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Fri): see the vivid underwater world at Opal Reef, then get to know the resident critters at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, and then identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas.

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

Fly from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Port Douglas in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. You'll lose 0.5 hours traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Port Douglas due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in January, expect nights in Port Douglas to be about the same, around 28°C, while days are little chillier, around 37°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Parks

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Cairns

The Gateway to the Great Barrier Reef

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 9th (Sat): get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports. On your second day here, stroll through Esplanade Boardwalk, then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and then let little ones run wild at Muddy's Playground.

For where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Cairns road trip tool.

Traveling by car from Port Douglas to Cairns takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In January in Cairns, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

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Brisbane

Australia's New World City

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 11th (Mon): walk around Roma Street Parkland and then walk around South Bank Parklands. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Tue): admire the natural beauty at City Botanic Gardens, then look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, and then walk around Rocks Riverside Park.

For traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Brisbane holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Cairns to Brisbane takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. When traveling from Cairns in January, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Brisbane: temperatures range from 34°C by day to 25°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks · Wildlife

1
night
Gold Coast

A city of towering skyscrapers, sandy beaches, and tree-lined streets, Gold Coast has an unpretentious air complemented by a citywide focus on sports and the arts.
On the 13th (Wed), enjoy the sand and surf at Surfers Paradise Beach, find something for the whole family at Warner Bros. Movie World, and then play a few rounds at Surfers Paradise Golf Club.

For reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Gold Coast day trip planning app.

Drive from Brisbane to Gold Coast in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Gold Coast can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Theme Parks

Australia travel guide

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Beaches · Gardens · Wildlife Areas
Australia is a country of breathtaking beauty and unforgettable adventure. From coast to coast you’ll find ancient rainforests, towering cities, stunning outback landscapes and white sand beaches. It’s not only the scenery that varies here, but also the lifestyle. Lay back and relax within a coastal paradise, explore the bustling laneways of a lively metropolis, or feed your sense of adventure in the most remote and remarkable pockets of the country. Whether you’re connecting with Aboriginal culture, tasting seafood straight from the ocean, or diving with gentle whale sharks, you’ll discover why there’s nothing like Australia.