18 days in Australia Itinerary

18 days in Australia Itinerary

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18 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Port Elizabeth
Fly:  17​h 30​min
1
Melbourne
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Sydney
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Gold Coast
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Brisbane
— 2 nights
Fly:  8​h
5
Perth
— 2 nights
Fly:  12​h 45​min
End: Port Elizabeth

5
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Attractions like Melbourne Zoo and Werribee Open Range Zoo make great kid-friendly stops. Explore Melbourne's surroundings by going to The Great Ocean Road (in Torquay) and Sovereign Hill (in Ballarat). There's lots more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum, make a trip to Flinders Street Station, and brush up on your military savvy at Shrine of Remembrance.

To see ratings, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Melbourne vacation planner.

Port Elizabeth, South Africa to Melbourne is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Port Elizabeth to Melbourne is 8 hours. Traveling from Port Elizabeth in October, Melbourne is a bit cooler at night with lows of 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Werribee Open Range Zoo, The Great Ocean Road, Sovereign Hill
Highlights from your plan
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo
Werribee Open Range Zoo ©
Werribee Open Range Zoo
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum

5
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.
Attractions like Bondi Beach and Chinese Garden of Friendship make great kid-friendly stops. There's much more to do: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, take a stroll through The Rocks, examine the collection at Australian National Maritime Museum, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Manly Beach.

To find ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Sydney trip itinerary builder app .

Getting from Melbourne to Sydney by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Traveling from Melbourne in October, expect Sydney to be somewhat warmer, temps between 28°C and 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Sea Life Sydney Aquarium ©
Sea Life Sydney Aquarium
Manly Beach
Manly 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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Wed): take in panoramic vistas at SkyPoint Observation Deck, then meet the residents at Sea World Theme Park, and then get in on the family fun at Infinity Attraction. Here are some ideas for day two: find something for the whole family at Warner Bros. Movie World, then get in on the family fun at Sling Shot & Vomatron Amusement Rides Gold Coast, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Burleigh Heads Beach.

For photos, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read Gold Coast vacation planning site .

You can fly from Sydney to Gold Coast in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In October, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can drive to Brisbane.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Theme Parks Parks Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
Sea World Theme Park ©
Sea World Theme Park
Warner Bros. Movie World
Warner Bros. Movie World
Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach

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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Fri): stroll around Roma Street Parkland and then stroll around South Bank Parklands. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Sat): identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary and then take some stellar pictures from Mount Coot-tha Lookout.

For maps, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Brisbane trip planning tool .

You can drive from Gold Coast to Brisbane in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In October, daytime highs in Brisbane are 29°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to travel to Perth.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Mount Coot-tha Lookout ©
Mount Coot-tha Lookout

2
nights
Perth

Perth ©
A modern metropolis of glassy skyscrapers, waterside boulevards, and lush residential neighborhoods, Perth sits on the edge of the Swan Coastal Plain.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sun): explore the activities along Swan River, then admire the natural beauty at Kings Park and Botanic Garden, and then appreciate the history behind State War Memorial. Keep things going the next day: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Perth Zoo and then steep yourself in history at The Perth Mint.

To find photos, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Perth trip planner .

Fly from Brisbane to Perth in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Brisbane to Perth, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect little chillier evenings in Perth when traveling from Brisbane in October, with lows around 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Perth

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Nature

Side Trip

Perth Zoo
Highlights from your plan
Kings Park and Botanic Garden ©
Kings Park and Botanic Garden
Perth Zoo ©
Perth Zoo
Swan River ©
Swan River

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