18 days in Australia Itinerary

18 days in Australia Itinerary

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Port Douglas
— 2 nights
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Cairns
— 3 nights
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Sydney
— 3 nights
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Melbourne
— 3 nights
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Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 3 nights
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Perth
— 1 night
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): admire nature's wide array of creatures at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, then take an exotic tour of a safari tour, and then look for gifts at Coffee Works Port Douglas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the gorgeous colors at Opal Reef, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then head outdoors with Horses in Port.

To see where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Port Douglas day trip planning site.

London, UK to Port Douglas is an approximately 26-hour flight. Traveling from London to Port Douglas, you'll lose 10 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from London in September, expect Port Douglas to be somewhat warmer, temps between 33°C and 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Parks

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.
Cairns is known for wildlife, adventure, and trails. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, walk around Anzac Park, and trek along The Blue Arrow Circuit.

To see traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Cairns trip planner.

Traveling by car from Port Douglas to Cairns takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. September in Cairns sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 22°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

Sydney

— 3 nights

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.
Sydney is known for nightlife, beaches, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, take in the views from Sydney Harbour Bridge, enjoy the sand and surf at Bondi Beach, and stop by The Rocks.

For maps, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read Sydney road trip planning app.

You can fly from Cairns to Sydney in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. In September, Sydney is slightly colder than Cairns - with highs of 25°C and lows of 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks · Neighborhoods · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trip

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.
Melbourne is known for museums, shopping, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, get to know the resident critters at Melbourne Zoo, pause for some photo ops at Shrine of Remembrance, and make a trip to Fitzroy Gardens.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Melbourne trip itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Melbourne takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Sydney in September, things will get a bit cooler in Melbourne: highs are around 20°C and lows about 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums · Fun & Games

Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

— 3 nights
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: take in the dramatic natural features at Uluru, admire the verdant scenery at Valley of the Winds, go for a walk through Lungkata Walk, and contemplate the waterfront views at Mutitjulu Waterhole.

For other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park online trip itinerary builder.

You can fly from Melbourne to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 5 hours. Another option is to drive. You'll gain 0.5 hours traveling from Melbourne to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Melbourne in September, expect Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to be a bit warmer, temps between 33°C and 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Perth.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks · Nature · Museums · Trails

Perth

— 1 night

City of Light

A modern metropolis of glassy skyscrapers, waterside boulevards, and lush residential neighborhoods, Perth sits on the edge of the Swan Coastal Plain.
On the 17th (Fri), take in nature's colorful creations at Kings Park and Botanic Garden and then contemplate the long history of The Perth Mint.

For where to stay, photos, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Perth day trip planning app.

Traveling by flight from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Perth takes 11.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. The time zone difference moving from Australian Central Standard Time to Australian Western Standard Time is minus 1.5 hours. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in September: highs in Perth hover around 24°C, while lows dip to 9°C. You will leave for home on the 18th (Sat).

Things to do in Perth

Parks · Historic Sites

Australia travel guide

4.7
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.