18 days in Australia Itinerary

18 days in Australia Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
2
Cairns
— 3 nights
3
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 3 nights
4
Melbourne
— 3 nights
5
Sydney
— 5 nights

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.
Port Douglas is known for wildlife, adventure, and beaches. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, take in the exciting artwork at Ngarru Gallery, and look for all kinds of wild species at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures.

For photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Port Douglas journey planner.

Chandigarh, India to Port Douglas is an approximately 22-hour flight. Traveling from Chandigarh to Port Douglas, you'll lose 4.5 hours due to the time zone difference. In February, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Safaris

3
nights
Cairns

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cairns: Palm Cove (Palm Cove Beach & Spas). There's lots more to do: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, hike along Esplanade Boardwalk, pause for some photo ops at Cairns Cenotaph, and let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see maps, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Cairns route planner.

Drive from Port Douglas to Cairns in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In February, daily temperatures in Cairns can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) to allow time to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Palm Cove, The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach
Nature & Wildlife Tours

3
nights
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

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.
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is known for nature, museums, and outdoors. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the striking landscape at Uluru, take an in-depth tour of Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, trek along Uluru Hiking Path, and take in the pleasant sights at Lungkata Walk.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park day trip tool.

Traveling by flight from Cairns to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. You'll gain 0.5 hours traveling from Cairns to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Cairns, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, ranging from highs of °C to lows of °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Museums
Highlights from your plan
Uluru ©
Uluru
Mutitjulu Waterhole ©
Mutitjulu Waterhole
Walpa Gorge ©
Walpa Gorge

3
nights
Melbourne

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Melbourne is known for museums, shopping, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Melbourne Zoo, make a trip to Flinders Street Station, and enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour.

For photos, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Melbourne sightseeing tool.

Traveling by flight from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Melbourne takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 0.5 hours traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Melbourne. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in February, with highs in Melbourne at °C and lows at °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Tours Parks Museums
Highlights from your plan
Balloon Rides
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum

5
nights
Sydney

Sydney ©
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: enjoy some music at Sydney Opera House, take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, visit Darling Harbour, and kick back and relax at Bondi Beach.

For ratings, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Sydney trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Sydney takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Sydney when traveling from Melbourne in February, with lows around °C. You'll set off for home on the 4th (Wed).

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Bondi to Coogee Walk
Highlights from your plan
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge
Bondi to Coogee Walk ©
Bondi to Coogee Walk

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