18 days in Australia Itinerary

18 days in Australia Itinerary

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18 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Doha
Fly:  18​h 45​min
1
Cairns
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + Foot + Ferry:  4​h 45​min
2
Airlie Beach
— 2 nights
+2
Bus + Taxi + Fly:  5​h
3
Brisbane
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
4
Sydney
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
5
St Kilda
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h
6
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 3 nights
Fly:  25​h
End: Doha

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Village Gallery and Doongal Aboriginal Art Gallery Cairns. Get outdoors at Scuba & Snorkeling and Hartley's Crocodile Adventures. Change things up with these side-trips from Cairns: Port Douglas (Ngarru Gallery & Safaris). There's still lots to do: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, make a trip to Captain Cook Highway Rock Stacks, and trek along Esplanade Boardwalk.

For where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read our Cairns trip itinerary builder tool .

Doha, Qatar to Cairns is an approximately 19-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 7 hours traveling from Doha to Cairns. Traveling from Doha in December, expect Cairns to be a bit warmer, temps between 36°C and 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can travel to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Port Douglas
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

2
nights
Airlie Beach

Very much a town with an emphasis on the tropical lifestyle, Airlie Beach offers exotic surroundings with palm trees and charming, sandy beaches.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports and then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Airlie Beach Lagoon, get some thrills out on the water with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, and then identify plant and animal life at Daydream Island Living Reef.

To find more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Airlie Beach travel itinerary planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and ferry from Cairns to Airlie Beach takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in December, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Daydream Island Living Reef
Highlights from your plan
Speed Boats Tours
Scuba & Snorkeling
Waterskiing & Jetskiing

2
nights
Brisbane

Brisbane ©
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.
On the 24th (Tue), explore the world behind art at Queensland Art Gallery, look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, and then look for gifts at Noosa Chocolate Factory. Keep things going the next day: pick up a one of a kind souvenir at Relove Oxley, then walk around South Bank Parklands, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Moffat Beach.

For ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Brisbane vacation planner.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Airlie Beach to Brisbane in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and flight; or drive. Traveling from Airlie Beach in December, Brisbane is little chillier at night with lows of 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Wildlife Museums

Side Trip

Moffat Beach
Highlights from your plan
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Moffat Beach ©
Moffat Beach
Queensland Art Gallery ©
Queensland Art Gallery

4
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk and Bondi Beach. Popular historic sites such as The Rocks and Justice & Police Museum are in your itinerary. When in Sydney, make a side trip to see Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum in Faulconbridge, approximately 1h 20 min away. There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Sydney Opera House, browse the eclectic array of goods at Sydney Fish Market, take in the dramatic natural features at Mrs Macquarie's Chair, and explore the world behind art at Art Gallery of New South Wales.

For other places to visit, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read our Sydney trip planning tool .

Traveling by flight from Brisbane to Sydney takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in December, and nighttime lows around 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can travel to St Kilda.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

Bondi to Coogee Walk, Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum
Highlights from your plan
The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House

1
night
St Kilda

St Kilda ©
St Kilda is an inner suburb (neighbourhood) of the metropolitan area of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 6 km south-east of Melbourne's Central Business District. On the 30th (Mon), see the interesting displays at Scienceworks, then kick back and relax at Dendy Street Beach, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at St. Kilda Beach.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the St Kilda day trip site .

Traveling by flight from Sydney to St Kilda takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Sydney in December: high temperatures in St Kilda hover around 28°C and lows are around 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in St Kilda

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Scienceworks, Dendy Street Beach
Highlights from your plan
St. Kilda Beach ©
St. Kilda Beach
Scienceworks ©
Scienceworks
Dendy Street Beach ©
Dendy Street Beach

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Uluru and Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre. Take a break from the city and head to Walkatjara Art and Walpa Gorge. There's much more to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga, look for all kinds of wild species at Kuniya Walk, trek along Uluru Hiking Path, and appreciate the views at Valley of the Winds.

For traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip itinerary maker tool .

Fly from St Kilda to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. When traveling from St Kilda in December, plan for much warmer days and somewhat warmer nights in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park: temperatures range from 42°C by day to 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Wintjiri Arts + Museum
Highlights from your plan
Walkatjara Art ©
Walkatjara Art
Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga ©
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga

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