18 days in Australia Itinerary

18 days in Australia Itinerary

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18 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Bengaluru
Fly:  16​h 30​min
1
Melbourne
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
2
Cairns
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
3
Gold Coast
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
4
Sydney
— 4 nights
Fly:  16​h 15​min
End: Bengaluru

4
nights
Melbourne

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Family-friendly places like Melbourne Zoo and Eureka Skydeck will thrill your kids. Change things up with these side-trips from Melbourne: The Great Ocean Road (in Torquay) and Werribee Open Range Zoo (in Werribee). There's much more to do: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, make a trip to Fitzroy Gardens, appreciate the history behind Shrine of Remembrance, and enjoy breathtaking views from Melbourne Star Observation Wheel.

For maps, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, use the Melbourne trip builder .

Bengaluru, India to Melbourne is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Bengaluru to Melbourne is 4 hours. Traveling from Bengaluru in December, Melbourne is little chillier at night with lows of 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Outdoors Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

The Great Ocean Road, Werribee Open Range Zoo
Highlights from your plan
Balloon Rides
The Great Ocean Road ©
The Great Ocean Road
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo

4
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 Palm Cove Beach and Muddy's Playground. And it doesn't end there: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, pause for some photo ops at Cairns Cenotaph, and get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To find ratings, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read our Cairns trip itinerary planning tool .

Fly from Melbourne to Cairns in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Melbourne in January, things will get somewhat warmer in Cairns: highs are around 37°C and lows about 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Trinity Beach, Palm Cove Beach, The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk
Nature & Wildlife Tours

3
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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Wed): get in on the family fun at Warner Bros. Movie World and then observe the fascinating underwater world at Sea World Theme Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary and then contemplate the waterfront views at The Brisbane River.

For where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Gold Coast online attractions planner .

You can fly from Cairns to Gold Coast in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Cairns in January: high temperatures in Gold Coast hover around 33°C and lows are around 24°C. On the 10th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Theme Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Brisbane
Highlights from your plan
Sea World Theme Park ©
Sea World Theme Park
Warner Bros. Movie World
Warner Bros. Movie World
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary

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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Bondi Beach and Manly Beach. There's still lots to do: hike along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, stroll through The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk, and admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney.

To find reviews, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read our Sydney travel itinerary planner .

You can fly from Gold Coast to Sydney in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in January, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk
Manly Beach
Manly Beach

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