18 days in Australia Itinerary

18 days in Australia Itinerary

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Start: Bendigo
Drive:  1 h 45 min
1
Melbourne
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h 30 min
2
Sydney
— 4 nights
Fly:  3 h 30 min
3
Gold Coast
— 2 nights
Fly:  6 h
4
Port Douglas
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
5
Cairns
— 3 nights
Fly:  4 h 45 min
6
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + Bus + Train:  6 h
End: Bendigo

2
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Royal Botanic Gardens and Zero Latency. The adventure continues: get to know the resident critters at Melbourne Zoo, examine the collection at Melbourne Museum, get a sense of history and politics at Parliament House of Victoria, and pause for some photo ops at Shrine of Remembrance.

To find maps and tourist information, use the Melbourne day trip planner.

Bendigo to Melbourne is an approximately 2-hour car ride. You can also take a bus; or take a train. In April in Melbourne, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Museums Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum

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.
Family-friendly places like Bondi to Coogee Walk and Bondi Beach will thrill your kids. And it doesn't end there: admire the landmark architecture of Sydney Opera House, examine the collection at Australian National Maritime Museum, admire the masterpieces at White Rabbit Gallery, and snap pictures at Sydney Harbour Bridge.

To see maps, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Sydney online vacation planner.

You can fly from Melbourne to Sydney in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Traveling from Melbourne in April, plan for a bit warmer nights in Sydney, with lows around 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

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

2
nights
Gold Coast

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 18th (Sat), head outdoors with Pelican Feeding, thenget in on the family fun at Warner Bros. Movie World, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Surfers Paradise Beach. On your second day here, have some family-friendly fun at Circus Arts Gold Coast and then get in on the family fun at Dreamworld.

To find traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Gold Coast trip itinerary planner.

Fly from Sydney to Gold Coast in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In April, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Theme Parks Outdoors Parks
Highlights from your plan
Warner Bros. Movie World
Warner Bros. Movie World
Dreamworld ©
Dreamworld
Surfers Paradise Beach ©
Surfers Paradise Beach

3
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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Scuba & Snorkeling and Walu Wugirriga Lookout. Explore Port Douglas' surroundings by going to Alexandra Bay Waterfall (in Diwan) and Thornton Beach (in Thornton Beach). There's much more to do: take an exotic tour of a safari tour, look for gifts at With Sugar, get to know the resident critters at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, and look for all kinds of wild species at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures.

For maps, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, use the Port Douglas trip itinerary builder app.

Getting from Gold Coast to Port Douglas by flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Gold Coast in April, expect Port Douglas to be somewhat warmer, temps between 34°C and 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) to allow time to drive to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Cape Tribulation, Walu Wugirriga Lookout, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Thornton Beach ©
Thornton Beach

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.
Bring the kids along to Scuba & Snorkeling and Esplanade Boardwalk. Go for a jaunt from Cairns to Palm Cove to see Palm Cove Beach about 32 minutes away. The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, enjoy some diversion at Muddy's Playground, make a splash at Cairns Wake park, and stroll through Ellis Beach.

To see reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Cairns trip planner.

You can drive from Port Douglas to Cairns in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In April in Cairns, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Palm Cove Beach, Ellis Beach, Sugarworld Waterpark, The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk, Cairns Kart Hire Track
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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Valley of the Winds and Uluru. There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Kuniya Walk, explore the activities along Mutitjulu Waterhole, go for a walk through Field of Light, and hike along Uluru Hiking Path.

To see other places to visit, photos, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park road trip planner.

You can fly from Cairns to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Cairns to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is minus 0.5 hours. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park when traveling from Cairns in April, with lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Museums
Highlights from your plan
Uluru ©
Uluru
Valley of the Winds ©
Valley of the Winds
Kuniya Walk ©
Kuniya Walk

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