18 days in Australia Itinerary

18 days in Australia Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Sydney
— 4 nights
2
Cairns
— 4 nights
3
Port Douglas
— 4 nights
4
Darwin
— 4 nights

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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like The Rocks and Camperdown Cemetery. Step off the beaten path and head to Blue Mountains and Mrs Macquarie's Chair. Explore Sydney's surroundings by going to Katoomba (The Three Sisters, The Giant Stairway, &more). There's much more to do: trek along Bondi to Coogee Walk, admire the natural beauty at Chinese Garden of Friendship, explore the world behind art at Australian Centre for Photography, and see a show at Sydney Opera House.

To see reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Sydney attractions app.

Edinburgh, UK to Sydney is an approximately 27-hour flight. Traveling from Edinburgh to Sydney, you'll lose 10 hours due to the time zone difference. In October, Sydney is a bit warmer than Edinburgh - with highs of °C and lows of °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Katoomba, Bondi to Coogee Walk
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Blue Mountains ©
Blue Mountains
The Giant Stairway ©
The Giant Stairway
Bondi to Coogee Walk ©
Bondi to Coogee Walk

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Palm Cove Beach and Birdworld Kuranda. Get outdoors at Scuba & Snorkeling and Trinity Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Cairns: Kuranda (Australian Butterfly Sanctuary & Barron Falls) and Spas (in Palm Cove). Next up on the itinerary: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, brush up on your military savvy at The Australian Armour & Artillery Museum, admire the natural beauty at Botanical Gardens, and take in the waterfront at The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Cairns vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Fly from Sydney to Cairns in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Sydney in October, things will get a bit warmer in Cairns: highs are around °C and lows about °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can drive to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Kuranda, Palm Cove, Trinity Beach, The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach

4
nights
Port Douglas

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Scuba & Snorkeling and Mossman Gorge Centre. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Daintree National Park and Daintree Entomological museum. The adventure continues: see the vivid underwater world at Agincourt Reef, get outside with The Bump Track, see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, and learn about winemaking at Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Port Douglas trip planner.

Drive from Cairns to Port Douglas in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around °C in October, and nighttime lows around °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Darwin.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Cape Tribulation, Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery, Mossman Gorge Centre
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Opal Reef ©
Opal Reef
Scuba & Snorkeling
Daintree National Park ©
Daintree National Park

4
nights
Darwin

Darwin ©
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Crocosaurus Cove and RFDS Darwin Tourist Facility. Escape the urban bustle at Litchfield National Park and Speed Boats Tours. There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Defence of Darwin Experience and identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas.

To find more things to do, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Darwin trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Port Douglas to Darwin takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 0.5 hours traveling from Port Douglas to Darwin due to the time zone difference. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Port Douglas in October: high temperatures in Darwin hover around °C and lows are around °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Darwin

Wildlife Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

Litchfield National Park
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Defence of Darwin Experience ©
Defence of Darwin Experience
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Crocosaurus Cove ©
Crocosaurus Cove

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