18 days in Australia Itinerary

18 days in Australia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Australia holiday maker

Plan created by another user. Make it yours
Fly
1
Airlie Beach
— 1 night
Fly
2
Cairns
— 3 nights
Drive
3
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
Fly
4
Gold Coast
— 2 nights
Fly
5
Sydney
— 4 nights
Drive
6
Canberra
— 2 nights
Fly
7
Hobart
— 3 nights
Fly

S M T W T F S
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
25
26
27
28
29
30
31
1
2

1
night
Airlie Beach

Gateway to the Whitsundays

Very much a town with an emphasis on the tropical lifestyle, Airlie Beach offers exotic surroundings with palm trees and charming, sandy beaches.
To see traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, use the Airlie Beach road trip planner.

Adelaide to Airlie Beach is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also fly; or drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Adelaide to Airlie Beach, you'll lose 0.5 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Adelaide in December, things will get a bit warmer in Airlie Beach: highs are around 34°C and lows about 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Tours · Outdoors · Parks · Beaches

3
nights
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.
Relax by the water at Palm Cove Beach and Trinity Beach. Step off the beaten path and head to Nature & Wildlife Tours and The Australian Armour & Artillery Museum. There's still lots to do: see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour and have fun at Muddy's Playground.

To find where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Cairns online route planner.

You can fly from Airlie Beach to Cairns in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and flight; or drive; or take a bus. In December in Cairns, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks

Side Trips

2
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.
On the 21st (Mon), relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Mossman Gorge Centre. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see maps, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Port Douglas trip planner.

Traveling by car from Cairns to Port Douglas takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Port Douglas are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) early enough to travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Parks

Side Trip

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Wed): kick back and relax at Coolangatta Beach and then buy something for everyone on your list at Pacific Fair Shopping Centre. On the 24th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary and then enjoy the sand and surf at Burleigh Heads Beach.

To plan Gold Coast vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

Traveling by flight from Port Douglas to Gold Coast takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In December, Gold Coast is slightly colder than Port Douglas - with highs of 32°C and lows of 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Zoos & Aquariums

4
nights
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.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Bondi Beach and Manly Beach. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Sydney Opera House and The Rocks. Next up on the itinerary: stop by Darling Harbour, admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, hike along Bondi to Coogee Walk, and kick back and relax at Clovelly Beach.

To find maps, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, go to the Sydney trip tool.

You can fly from Gold Coast to Sydney in 4 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) so you can travel to Canberra.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

2
nights
Canberra

The Bush Capital

A planned city with streets laid out in elaborate, geometric patterns and founded specifically to serve as the capital of the emerging Australian state, Canberra has a self-sufficient atmosphere.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Tue): take an in-depth tour of Old Parliament House and then get curious at Questacon. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Wed): take an in-depth tour of Australian War Memorial and then browse the exhibits of National Museum of Australia.

For more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read Canberra attractions planner.

You can drive from Sydney to Canberra in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Sydney in December, expect little chillier with lows of 14°C in Canberra. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) so you can travel to Hobart.

Things to do in Canberra

Museums · Childrens Museums

3
nights
Hobart

Tasmania's Capital City

Snaking up the side of a rounded, tree-dotted hill, Hobart sits between Tasmania’s sprawling mountains and the vast estuary of the River Derwent.
Appreciate the collections at Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery and Lady Franklin Gallery. Explore hidden gems such as Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary and Food Tours. And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Hobart Convict Penitentiary, take in the waterfront at Constitution Dock, appreciate the extensive heritage of Battery Point Sculpture Trail, and admire the natural beauty at Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens.

To see other places to visit and other tourist information, go to the Hobart trip itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Canberra to Hobart takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus, train, and ferry. When traveling from Canberra in December, plan for slightly colder days in Hobart, with highs around 24°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Hobart

Tours · Parks · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Australia travel guide

4.6
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.