18 days in Australia Itinerary

18 days in Australia Itinerary

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18 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Newark
Fly:  28​h
1
Sydney
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Melbourne
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
3
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 3 nights
Fly + shuttle:  5​h 45​min
4
Port Douglas
— 1 night
5
Cairns
— 2 nights
+3
Fly + bus + foot + bus:  9​h
6
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)
— 2 nights
Fly:  33​h
End: Newark

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Sydney Opera House and Darling Harbour. Escape the urban bustle at Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk and Bondi Beach. There's lots more to do: get to know the fascinating history of The Rocks, tour the pleasant surroundings at Clovelly, enjoy the sand and surf at Coogee Beach, and take in the views from Sydney Harbour Bridge.

To see photos, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Sydney tour planner.

Newark, USA to Sydney is an approximately 28-hour flight. You'll lose 15 hours traveling from Newark to Sydney due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Newark in December, expect Sydney to be much hotter, temps between 81°F and 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach

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nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
On the 13th (Thu), see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum, brush up on your military savvy at Shrine of Remembrance, and then admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens. Here are some ideas for day two: meet the residents at Melbourne Zoo, enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck 88, and then choose your vessel at Melbourne Boat Hire.

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You can fly from Sydney to Melbourne in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Sydney in December, expect slightly colder with lows of 54°F in Melbourne. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Outdoors Museums
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Melbourne Boat Hire ©
Melbourne Boat Hire
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum
Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance

3
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Uluru and Mutitjulu Waterhole. Visiting Kata Tjuta and Valley of the Winds will get you outdoors. There's still lots to do: take an in-depth tour of Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, take in the pleasant sights at Field of Light, tour the pleasant surroundings at Kuniya Walk, and get outside with Walpa Gorge.

To find traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip itinerary builder .

You can fly from Melbourne to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 5 hours. Another option is to drive. Traveling from Melbourne in December, expect Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to be a bit warmer, temps between 97°F and 70°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta ©
Kata Tjuta
Valley of the Winds ©
Valley of the Winds

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 18th (Tue): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Keep things going the next day: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, then experience rural life at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, and then explore the galleries of Des Spencer Galleries.

To see reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Port Douglas trip itinerary planning website .

Getting from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Port Douglas by combination of flight and shuttle takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive. While traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Port Douglas, ranging from highs of 88°F to lows of 73°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can drive to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Wildlife Adventure

Side Trip

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas ©
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas

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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Thu): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Fri): get interesting insight from Tours.

To see photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Cairns online trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Port Douglas to Cairns in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. December in Cairns sees daily highs of 88°F and lows of 73°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to travel to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park).

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Nature & Wildlife Tours

2
nights
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) ©
Jabiru is a town in the Northern Territory of Australia. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Yellow Water and Cahills Crossing. Get in touch with nature at Twin Falls and Nourlangie Rock. There's much more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Maguk Gorge, delve into the distant past at Ubirr, and don't miss a visit to Bardedjilidji Walk.

To find photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) online travel route planner .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Cairns to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Kakadu National Park
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Yellow Water ©
Yellow Water
Ubirr ©
Ubirr
Cahills Crossing ©
Cahills Crossing

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