18 days in Australia Itinerary

18 days in Australia Itinerary

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18 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Sydney
1
Sydney
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Katoomba
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
3
Canberra
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 45​min
4
Melbourne
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
5
Perth
— 1 night
+3
Fly + bus + foot + bus:  11​h 30​min
6
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)
— 1 night
+4
bus + foot + bus + Fly + shuttle:  11​h 15​min
7
Port Douglas
— 1 night
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  1​h 45​min
8
Cape Tribulation
— 2 nights
bus:  3​h
9
Cairns
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
10
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
End: Sydney

2
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 The Royal Botanic Garden, stroll through Manly Beach, and examine the collection at Australian National Maritime Museum.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Sydney online route planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from your home destination to Sydney. In September, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Katoomba.

Things to do in Sydney

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches
Find places to stay Sep 27 — 29:
Highlights from your plan
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge

1
night
Katoomba

Katoomba ©
Located off of the Great Western Highway, Katoomba is the main hub of the City of Blue Mountains.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at The National Pass, take in the dramatic scenery at Wentworth Falls, take in nature's colorful creations at Everglades Historic House and Gardens, take some stellar pictures from Anvil Rock Lookout, then explore the stunning scenery at Pulpit Rock Lookout, and finally make a trip to Gallery Blackheath.

To find more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Katoomba journey builder site .

Getting from Sydney to Katoomba by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train. Traveling from Sydney in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Katoomba, with lows of 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can go by car to Canberra.

Things to do in Katoomba

#Parks, #Trails, #Historic Sites

Side Trips

Blue Mountains National Park, Everglades Historic House and Gardens, Gallery Blackheath
Find places to stay Sep 29 — 30:
Highlights from your plan
Wentworth Falls ©
Wentworth Falls
Gallery Blackheath ©
Gallery Blackheath
Everglades Historic House and Gardens ©

1
night
Canberra

Canberra ©
A planned city with streets laid out in elaborate, geometric patterns and founded specifically to serve as the capital of the emerging Australian state, Canberra has a self-sufficient atmosphere.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Mon): ponder the world of politics at Parliament of Australia, explore the activities along Lake Burley Griffin, then take an in-depth tour of Australian War Memorial, and finally make a trip to Mount Ainslie Lookout.

To see reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Canberra trip builder website .

You can drive from Katoomba to Canberra in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Katoomba in September, things will get a bit cooler in Canberra: highs are around 20°C and lows about 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Canberra

#Parks, #Nature, #Museums
Find places to stay Sep 30 — Oct 1:
Highlights from your plan
Australian War Memorial ©
Australian War Memorial
Parliament of Australia ©
Parliament of Australia
Mount Ainslie Lookout ©
Mount Ainslie Lookout

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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Tue): see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Melbourne Zoo, and then admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the landmark architecture of Shrine of Remembrance, then explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Victoria, then steep yourself in history at Old Melbourne Gaol, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck 88.

For maps, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Melbourne travel itinerary planner .

You can fly from Canberra to Melbourne in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in October, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Perth.

Things to do in Melbourne

#Museums, #Parks, #Historic Sites
Find places to stay Oct 1 — 3:
Highlights from your plan
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo

1
night
Perth

Perth ©
A modern metropolis of glassy skyscrapers, waterside boulevards, and lush residential neighborhoods, Perth sits on the edge of the Swan Coastal Plain.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Thu): contemplate the waterfront views at Swan River, then steep yourself in history at The Perth Mint, then pause for some photo ops at Kings Park War Memorial, and finally admire the natural beauty at Kings Park & Botanic Garden.

To see more things to do, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Perth trip itinerary planning website .

Getting from Melbourne to Perth by flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Melbourne to Perth due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Melbourne in October: highs in Perth hover around 28°C, while lows dip to 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to travel to Jabiru.

Things to do in Perth

#Parks, #Nature, #Historic Sites
Find places to stay Oct 3 — 4:
Highlights from your plan
Kings Park & Botanic Garden ©
Kings Park & Botanic Garden
Swan River ©
Swan River
The Perth Mint ©
The Perth Mint

1
night
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) ©
Jabiru is a town in the Northern Territory of Australia. On the 5th (Fri), delve into the distant past at Ubirr and then take in the dramatic natural features at Maguk Gorge. On the next day, contemplate the long history of Nourlangie Rock, then explore the striking landscape at Nourlangie Rock, and then admire the sheer force of Jim Jim Falls.

To see reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Jabiru trip itinerary maker tool .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Perth to Jabiru in 11.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or drive. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Perth to Jabiru due to the time zone difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

#Parks, #Nature, #Historic Sites

Side Trip

Kakadu National Park
Find places to stay Oct 5 — 6:
Highlights from your plan
Jim Jim Falls ©
Jim Jim Falls
Ubirr ©
Ubirr
Nourlangie Rock ©
Nourlangie Rock

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Sun): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On the 8th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take an exotic tour of a safari tour.

To find ratings, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, use the Port Douglas online holiday maker .

Traveling by combination of bus, flight, and shuttle from Jabiru to Port Douglas takes 11.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, flight, and shuttle; or drive. In October, daily temperatures in Port Douglas can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Cape Tribulation.

Things to do in Port Douglas

#Tours, #Wildlife, #Outdoors
Find places to stay Oct 7 — 8:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris

2
nights
Cape Tribulation

Cape Tribulation ©
A lush headland that's part of the forested Daintree Region, Cape Tribulation was so named by Lieutenant--later Captain--Cook in 1770, when his ship ran aground in the area.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Tue): take in the dramatic scenery at Alexandra Bay Waterfall, kick back and relax at Cape Tribulation Beach, then experience rural life at Cape Trib Exotic Fruit Farm, and finally kick back and relax at Cow Bay Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the pleasant sights at Marrdja Botanical Walk, relax in the rural setting at Cape Trib Farm, then enjoy the sand and surf at Myall Beach, and finally hike along Dubuji Boardwalk.

To see traveler tips, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, use the Cape Tribulation route planner .

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Port Douglas to Cape Tribulation in 2 hours. October in Cape Tribulation sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 23°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trip

Cow Bay Beach
Find places to stay Oct 8 — 10:
Highlights from your plan
Dubuji Boardwalk ©
Dubuji Boardwalk
Cape Trib Farm ©
Cape Trib Farm
Cape Trib Exotic Fruit Farm ©
Cape Trib Exotic Fruit Farm

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Thu): take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports. On your second day here, relax in the rural setting at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, choose your vessel at Shaolin Junk Cruises, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Trinity Beach.

For other places to visit, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Cairns trip maker .

You can do a combination of car, ferry, and bus from Cape Tribulation to Cairns in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, ferry, and shuttle; or drive. In October, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Cairns

#Outdoors, #Wildlife, #Tours

Side Trips

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, Trinity Beach
Find places to stay Oct 10 — 12:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach

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nights
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park ©
For quintessential Outback scenery and culture, you can't beat a holiday in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, a World Heritage Site.
On the 13th (Sat), trek along Uluru Hiking Path, get advice or help at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, then admire all the interesting features of Uluru, and finally hike along Kuniya Walk. On the 14th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get outside with Walpa Gorge, take in the dramatic natural features at Kata Tjuta, and then view the masterpieces at Walkatjara Art.

For ratings, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip site .

You can fly from Cairns to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. When traveling from Cairns in October, plan for a bit warmer days and a bit cooler nights in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park: temperatures range from 38°C by day to 18°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors
Find places to stay Oct 12 — 14:
Highlights from your plan
Uluru ©
Uluru
Walpa Gorge ©
Walpa Gorge
Kata Tjuta ©
Kata Tjuta

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