18 days in Australia & Washington DC Itinerary

18 days in Australia & Washington DC Itinerary

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Washington DC, United States
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Melbourne, Australia
— 4 nights
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Alice Springs, Australia
— 1 night
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Sydney, Australia
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Brisbane, Australia
— 4 nights
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Washington DC, United States

The capital of the United States, the District of Columbia contains the lion's share of the country's most treasured monuments, memorials, and public museums.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and National Museum of the Marine Corps. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Smithsonian American Art Museum and National Portrait Gallery. There's much more to do: get engrossed in the history at National Museum of African American History and Culture, take in the waterfront at Old Town Waterfront, see the interesting displays at National Air and Space Museum, and pause for some photo ops at Air Force Memorial.

For more things to do, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read our Washington DC trip planner.

If you are flying in from United States, the closest major aiports are Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, Washington Dulles International Airport, Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport and Joint Base Andrews. In February, daily temperatures in Washington DC can reach 48°F, while at night they dip to 32°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Washington DC

Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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Melbourne, Australia

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Brighton Beach and Eastern Beach Reserve. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Degraves Street and Australian Centre for the Moving Image. Change things up with a short trip to Geelong Botanical Gardens in Geelong (about 1h 20 min away). And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum, stroll through St. Kilda Beach, take in nature's colorful creations at Fitzroy Gardens, and don't miss a visit to Southbank.

To find maps, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Melbourne trip planner.

Fly from Washington DC to Melbourne in 26 hours. You'll lose 15 hours traveling from Washington DC to Melbourne due to the time zone difference. Expect much hotter temperatures when traveling from Washington DC in February; daily highs in Melbourne reach 81°F and lows reach 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Alice Springs.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Museums

Side Trips

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Alice Springs, Australia

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.
On the 25th (Thu), see the interesting displays at The Residency, then see the interesting displays at Royal Flying Doctor Service Museum, then identify plant and animal life at The Kangaroo Sanctuary, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Flynn Memorial Uniting Church.

To see maps, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Alice Springs planner.

Getting from Melbourne to Alice Springs by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 0.5 hours traveling from Melbourne to Alice Springs due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Melbourne in February; daily highs in Alice Springs reach 97°F and lows reach 69°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Alice Springs

Museums · Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites

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Sydney, Australia

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Balmoral Beach, Mosman and Art Gallery of New South Wales. Visit Bondi Beach and Shelly Beach for some beach relaxation. And it doesn't end there: enjoy some music at Sydney Opera House, learn about all things military at Anzac Memorial, admire the natural beauty at Chinese Garden of Friendship, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Cremorne Point to Mosman Bay Walk.

For more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Sydney holiday maker site.

You can fly from Alice Springs to Sydney in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Australian Central Standard Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time is 0.5 hours. When traveling from Alice Springs in February, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Sydney: temperatures range from 80°F by day to 68°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) early enough to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Sydney

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

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Brisbane, Australia

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Burleigh Heads Beach and Burleigh Head National Park. Gallery of Modern Art and Boggo Road Gaol (Jail) are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Change things up with these side-trips from Brisbane: Coolangatta (Kirra Beach & Coolangatta Beach), Robina Town Centre (in Robina) and Caloundra (Bulcock Beach & Kings Beach). There's more to do: wander the streets of West End and find something for the whole family at Channel Seven Wheel of Brisbane.

To find maps, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Brisbane travel route builder website.

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Brisbane takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In March, daily temperatures in Brisbane can reach 82°F, while at night they dip to 68°F. On the 5th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

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.