18 days in Australia Itinerary

18 days in Australia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Australia planner

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Melbourne
— 8 nights
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Adelaide
— 2 nights
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Port Douglas
— 2 nights
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Cairns
— 3 nights
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Melbourne

— 8 nights

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.
Get outdoors at St. Kilda Beach and Geelong Adventure Specialists. Museum-lovers will get to explore Sovereign Hill and Immigration Museum. Change things up with these side-trips from Melbourne: Koala Conservation Centre (in Cowes) and Panorama Garden Estate (in Boneo). Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Melbourne Zoo, enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, and admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens.

To find ratings, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Melbourne vacation planner.

Montreal, Canada to Melbourne is an approximately 26-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Montreal to Melbourne is 15 hours. When traveling from Montreal in October, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Melbourne: temperatures range from 24°C by day to 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Adelaide.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks · Outdoors · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Adelaide

— 2 nights
Adelaide exists contentedly as a cultured, diverse, and attractive city with a laid-back center, leafy residential districts, and an underlying cosmopolitan atmosphere.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Mon): explore the world behind art at Art Gallery of South Australia, get a new perspective on nature at South Australian Museum, steep yourself in history at Adelaide Oval, then explore the world behind art at Flinders University Art Museum & City Gallery, and finally kick back and relax at Semaphore Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sand and surf at Glenelg Beach, look for all kinds of wild species at Cleland Wildlife Park, and then admire the striking features of General Post Office.

For ratings, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read our Adelaide travel route planner.

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Adelaide takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. The time zone difference when traveling from Melbourne to Adelaide is minus 0.5 hours. In October in Adelaide, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Adelaide

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Museums

Side Trips

Port Douglas

— 2 nights
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.
Daintree Discovery Centre and Daintree Entomological museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Step out of the city life by going to Scuba & Snorkeling and Safaris. Venture out of the city with trips to Thornton Beach (in Thornton Beach) and Tranquility Falls (in Daintree). There's more to do: identify plant and animal life at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures and view the masterpieces at Ngarru Gallery.

For photos, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Port Douglas day trip site.

Traveling by flight from Adelaide to Port Douglas takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 0.5 hours traveling from Adelaide to Port Douglas. In October, Port Douglas is a bit warmer than Adelaide - with highs of 34°C and lows of 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can drive to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Cairns

— 3 nights

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.
On the 17th (Sat), admire the masterpieces at KickArts Contemporary Arts, explore the world behind art at Samurai Gallery Australia, then trek along Esplanade Boardwalk, and finally discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Sun): stroll through Palm Cove Beach, then brush up on your military savvy at The Australian Armour & Artillery Museum, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Monica's Cathedral, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Bones and Jones.

To find ratings, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read our Cairns trip itinerary app.

Drive from Port Douglas to Cairns in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 24°C. You'll have a few hours on the 19th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors · Parks · Museums · Tours

Side Trip

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.