18 days in Australia Itinerary

18 days in Australia Itinerary

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18 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Hong Kong
Fly:  12​h
1
Melbourne
— 5 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
2
Cairns
— 2 nights
3
Port Douglas
— 4 nights
shuttle + Fly:  6​h 45​min
4
Sydney
— 5 nights
Fly:  12​h 15​min
End: Hong Kong

5
nights
Melbourne

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Dedicate the 26th (Tue) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's much more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, tour the pleasant surroundings at Melbourne Zoo, admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Victoria, and learn about all things military at Shrine of Remembrance.

Make your Melbourne itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Hong Kong, China to Melbourne is an approximately 12-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Hong Kong to Melbourne. Traveling from Hong Kong in March, plan for little chillier nights in Melbourne, with lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Melbourne

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Balloon Rides
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo

2
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.
Spend the 28th (Thu) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 29th (Fri) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. The adventure continues: hike along Esplanade Boardwalk and have fun at Esplanade Lagoon Pool.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Cairns trip maker tool .

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Cairns takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Melbourne in March: high temperatures in Cairns hover around 36°C and lows are around 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) early enough to drive to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk
Nature & Wildlife Tours

4
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.
Spend the 30th (Sat) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 31st (Sun) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. And it doesn't end there: experience rural life at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, identify plant and animal life at Mossman Gorge, meet the residents at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, use the Port Douglas travel website .

Traveling by car from Cairns to Port Douglas takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. March in Port Douglas sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 27°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, Mossman Gorge
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

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.
Sydney is known for nightlife, trails, beaches, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, wander the streets of The Rocks, and examine the collection at Australian National Maritime Museum.

For ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Sydney trip itinerary site .

Do a combination of shuttle and flight from Port Douglas to Sydney in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Port Douglas in April; daily highs in Sydney reach 26°C and lows reach 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Museums Outdoors
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Darling Harbour ©
Darling Harbour
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney ©
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney
The Rocks ©
The Rocks

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