18 days in Australia Itinerary

18 days in Australia Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Sydney
— 3 nights
2
Canberra
— 1 night
3
Melbourne
— 3 nights
4
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 3 nights
5
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
6
Cairns
— 2 nights
7
Lord Howe Island
— 2 nights

3
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.
Australian National Maritime Museum and Brett Whiteley Studio will appeal to museum buffs. Get some cultural insight at Sydney Opera House and Art Gallery of New South Wales. There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Bondi Beach, hunt for treasures at Sydney Fish Market, take a stroll through The Rocks, and take in the dramatic natural features at Mrs Macquarie's Chair.

To find maps, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read Sydney day trip planning app.

Use the Route module to see travel options from your home to Sydney. December in Sydney sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) to allow time to drive to Canberra.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Bondi to Coogee Walk
Highlights from your plan
The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Bondi to Coogee Walk ©
Bondi to Coogee Walk
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House

1
night
Canberra

Canberra ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Australia, thenget engrossed in the history at Australian War Memorial, and then get curious at Questacon.

For where to stay, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Canberra trip planner.

Traveling by car from Sydney to Canberra takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Sydney in January, plan for slightly colder nights in Canberra, with lows around °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Canberra

Museums Childrens Museums
Highlights from your plan
Australian War Memorial ©
Australian War Memorial
National Gallery of Australia ©
National Gallery of Australia
Questacon ©
Questacon

3
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Appreciate the collections at Melbourne Museum and National Gallery of Victoria. Do some cultural sightseeing at Melbourne Central and Old Melbourne Gaol. There's still lots to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, browse the exhibits of Federation Square, see the interesting displays at The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia, and view the masterpieces at Buxton Contemporary.

To find maps, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, use the Melbourne tour itinerary planning site.

Getting from Canberra to Melbourne by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Canberra in January, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Melbourne: temperatures range from °C by day to °C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums Shopping Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum
National Gallery of Victoria ©
National Gallery of Victoria
Old Melbourne Gaol ©
Old Melbourne Gaol

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 Cultural Centre and Walkatjara Art will appeal to museum buffs. Visiting Uluru and Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga will get you outdoors. And it doesn't end there: appreciate the views at Valley of the Winds, trek along Kuniya Walk, tour the pleasant surroundings at Uluru Hiking Path, and explore the striking landscape at Walpa Gorge.

Discover how to plan a Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Melbourne to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is minus 0.5 hours. In January, Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is a bit warmer than Melbourne - with highs of °C and lows of °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Museums
Highlights from your plan
Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga ©
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga
Valley of the Winds ©
Valley of the Winds

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 9th (Thu), see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, thendiscover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then look for gifts at With Sugar. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Fri): see the vivid underwater world at Opal Reef, thentake in the exciting artwork at Ngarru Gallery, thenlook for all kinds of wild species at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, and finally get engrossed in the history at Port Douglas Court House Museum.

For reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Port Douglas sightseeing planner.

Fly from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Port Douglas in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. The time zone difference moving from Australian Central Standard Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time is 0.5 hours. When traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in January, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Port Douglas: temperatures range from °C by day to °C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough 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
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Sat): view the masterpieces at Doongal Aboriginal Art Gallery Cairns, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, thenhike along Esplanade Boardwalk, and finally look for gifts at Bones and Jones. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, enjoy the sand and surf at Trinity Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Palm Cove Beach.

For photos, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read our Cairns route planning tool.

You can drive from Port Douglas to Cairns in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to travel to Lord Howe Island.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Trinity Beach, Palm Cove Beach
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach
Nature & Wildlife Tours

2
nights
Lord Howe Island

Lord Howe Island ©
Bursting out of the Tasman Sea, Lord Howe Island offers stunning scenery and many sandy beaches.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Mon): learn more about the world around you at Lord Howe Island Museum, thenenjoy the sand and surf at Ned's Beach, and then get interesting insight from Tours. Keep things going the next day: play a few rounds at Lord Howe Island Golf Club, kick back and relax at Lagoon Beach, and then stroll through Lord Howe Island Walking Trails.

For other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Lord Howe Island vacation builder.

Traveling by flight from Cairns to Lord Howe Island takes 6.5 hours. You'll lose 0.5 hours traveling from Cairns to Lord Howe Island due to the time zone difference. On the 15th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Lord Howe Island

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Ned's Beach ©
Ned's Beach
Lagoon Beach ©
Lagoon Beach
Lord Howe Island Walking Trails ©
Lord Howe Island Walking Trails

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