18 days in Australia Itinerary

18 days in Australia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Australia journey planner

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Melbourne
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Adelaide
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Port Lincoln
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Alice Springs
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Cairns
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Melbourne

— 3 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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like St. Francis Church and Capital City Trail. Visit Fitzroy, Victoria and Lilydale to Warburton Rail Trail for their historical value. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Melbourne: Lilydale (Yarra Valley Winery Tours & Lilydale Lake). There's lots more to do: stroll through Tan Track, get outside with Cheap AZ Travel, and get engrossed in the history at Jewish Holocaust Centre.

For ratings, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Melbourne trip planner.

Paris, France to Melbourne is an approximately 24.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) is 9 hours. In April, Melbourne is a bit warmer than Paris - with highs of 23°C and lows of 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) to allow time to fly to Adelaide.

Things to do in Melbourne

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Parks · Trails

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.
On the 27th (Tue), learn about winemaking at Shingleback Wine, learn about winemaking at Foggo Wines, then learn about winemaking at McLaren Vale III Associates, then do a tasting at Kay Brothers Cellar Door & Winery, and finally learn about winemaking at K1 By Geoff Hardy. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Wed): explore the different monuments and memorials at West Terrace Cemetery, then pause for some serene contemplation at Holy Trinity Church, then examine the collection at Santos Museum of Economic Botany, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St Francis Xavier Cathedral.

To see where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Adelaide online tour itinerary maker.

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Adelaide takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Melbourne to Adelaide, you'll gain 0.5 hours due to the time zone difference. In April in Adelaide, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 14°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Port Lincoln.

Things to do in Adelaide

Historic Sites · Wineries · Museums

Side Trips

Port Lincoln

— 2 nights
Primarily a marine industry town, Port Lincoln has about as many marina trawlers and grain silos as luxury yachts.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Mikkira Station, cast your line with GT Fishing Charters, then take a memorable drive along Winter Hill Lookout, and finally make a trip to The Old Mill. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sand and surf at Sleaford Bay, enjoy the sand and surf at Fishery Bay, and then contemplate the long history of Mill Cottage Museum.

To see ratings, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Port Lincoln trip planning app.

You can fly from Adelaide to Port Lincoln in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can fly to Alice Springs.

Things to do in Port Lincoln

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trip

Alice Springs

— 3 nights

The Heart of Central Australia

Situated right in the heart of Australia, Alice Springs serves as an urban oasis deep within the country’s parched, desert-like Red Center.
You'll explore and learn at Yubu Napa Art Gallery and Araluen Cultural Precinct. Escape the urban bustle at The Emily and Jessie Gaps Nature Park and Simpsons Gap Bicycle Path. The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Adelaide House Museum, head outdoors with Simpsons Gap, pause for some serene contemplation at Flynn Memorial Uniting Church, and take in the awesome beauty at Mount Gillen.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read Alice Springs trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Port Lincoln to Alice Springs takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Alice Springs can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to fly to Cairns.

Things to do in Alice Springs

Museums · Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites

Cairns

— 5 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.
Visiting Shark Diving and Skydiving will get you outdoors. Appreciate the collections at The Australian Armour & Artillery Museum and Doongal Aboriginal Art Gallery Cairns. When in Cairns, make a side trip to see Birdworld Kuranda in Kuranda, approximately Kuranda away. There's lots more to do: see Off-Road Tours, kick back and relax at Yorkeys Knob Beach, skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, and stroll through Cattana Wetlands.

For photos, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Cairns online tour itinerary planner.

You can fly from Alice Springs to Cairns in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Australian Central Standard Time (ACST) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST), which is usually a 0.5 hour difference. When traveling from Alice Springs in May, plan for somewhat warmer days and warmer nights in Cairns: temperatures range from 32°C by day to 24°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can catch the flight to Sydney.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

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.
On the 9th (Sun), admire the masterpieces at White Rabbit Gallery and then explore the world behind art at Customs House.

To find maps, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Sydney trip itinerary builder tool.

Getting from Cairns to Sydney by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Cairns in May; daily highs in Sydney reach 24°C and lows reach 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Museums

Australia travel guide

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Beaches · Nature & Parks · Specialty Museums
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.