18 days in Australia Itinerary

18 days in Australia Itinerary

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Darwin
— 2 nights
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Alice Springs
— 2 nights
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Melbourne
— 2 nights
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Sydney
— 2 nights
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Gold Coast
— 1 night
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Brisbane
— 1 night
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Cairns
— 2 nights
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Port Douglas
— 3 nights
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Darwin

Outback Capital of the Northern Territory

The smallest of Australia’s state capitals, Darwin has nevertheless become an attractive and important urban center, being simultaneously one of the country’s most modernized cities and a gateway to both the Top End region and South East Asia.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): see the world from above with a helicopter tour, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, and then see the interesting displays at Defence of Darwin Experience. Keep things going the next day: brush up on your military savvy at Darwin Aviation Museum, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then get engrossed in the history at RFDS Darwin Tourist Facility.

To see reviews, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Darwin day trip website.

Manchester, UK to Darwin is an approximately 23-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Manchester to Darwin is 9.5 hours. Plan for much hotter temperatures traveling from Manchester in September, with highs in Darwin at 38°C and lows at 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to travel to Alice Springs.

Things to do in Darwin

Tours · Wildlife · Outdoors · Museums

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Alice Springs

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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Fri): see the interesting displays at Royal Flying Doctor Service Museum, then look for all kinds of wild species at Alice Springs Reptile Centre, and then identify plant and animal life at Alice Springs Desert Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: identify plant and animal life at The Kangaroo Sanctuary, steep yourself in history at Alice Springs Telegraph Station Historical Reserve, and then get great views at Anzac Hill.

For traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Alice Springs driving holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Darwin to Alice Springs takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Darwin in September, plan for a bit cooler days and colder nights in Alice Springs: temperatures range from 32°C by day to 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Alice Springs

Wildlife · Parks · Museums · Historic Sites

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Melbourne

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.
On the 6th (Sun), admire the masterpieces at Australian Centre for the Moving Image, then take a stroll through Degraves Street, then take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Patrick's Cathedral, and finally walk around Fitzroy Gardens. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Mon): examine the collection at Melbourne Museum, then explore the world behind art at ArtVo, then enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St Paul's Cathedral.

For maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Melbourne trip itinerary maker.

You can fly from Alice Springs to Melbourne in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Alice Springs to Melbourne, you'll lose 0.5 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Alice Springs in September: high temperatures in Melbourne hover around 20°C and lows are around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums · Neighborhoods

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Sydney

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.
On the 8th (Tue), see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, kick back and relax at Bondi Beach, and then admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Wed): visit Darling Harbour, admire the landmark architecture of Sydney Opera House, and then wander the streets of The Rocks.

For ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Sydney trip itinerary planner.

Fly from Melbourne to Sydney in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Melbourne in September; daily highs in Sydney reach 25°C and lows reach 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Sydney

Neighborhoods · Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours

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Gold Coast

A city of towering skyscrapers, sandy beaches, and tree-lined streets, Gold Coast has an unpretentious air complemented by a citywide focus on sports and the arts.
On the 10th (Thu), kick back and relax at Kirra Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Coolangatta Beach, and then stroll through Burleigh Heads Beach.

To find where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Gold Coast online tour itinerary planner.

You can fly from Sydney to Gold Coast in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Gold Coast are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Brisbane.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Beaches · Parks · Outdoors

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Brisbane

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.
On the 11th (Fri), get in on the family fun at Channel Seven Wheel of Brisbane, then admire the masterpieces at Gallery of Modern Art, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Old St Stephen's Catholic Church (Pugin Chapel), and finally examine the collection at Museum of Brisbane.

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Traveling by car from Gold Coast to Brisbane takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Brisbane can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Brisbane

Museums · Historic Sites · Theme Parks

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Cairns

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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sat): get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Sun): relax in the rural setting at Jaques Coffee Plantation, then look for all kinds of wild species at Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, then enjoy the sand and surf at Trinity Beach, and finally kick back and relax at Palm Cove Beach.

For more things to do, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Cairns online itinerary maker.

Traveling by flight from Brisbane to Cairns takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Brisbane in September, expect Cairns to be somewhat warmer, temps between 33°C and 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can go by car to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

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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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Photography Tours and Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas. Next up on the itinerary: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, explore the gorgeous colors at Agincourt Reef, do a tasting at Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

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Traveling by car from Cairns to Port Douglas takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Port Douglas are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors · Parks

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.