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
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
2
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 4 nights
Fly + shuttle:  5​h 45​min
3
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
4
Cairns
— 3 nights
Fly:  30​h
End: Newark

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.
Get some cultural insight at Sydney Opera House and The Rocks. Take a break from the city and head to Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk and Adrenaline & Extreme Tours. There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Bondi Beach, make a trip to Sydney Harbour Bridge, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, and wander the streets of Darling Harbour.

For photos, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Sydney trip builder site .

Newark, USA to Sydney is an approximately 28-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Newark to Sydney is 15 hours. Prepare for much hotter weather when traveling from Newark in December: high temperatures in Sydney hover around 81°F and lows are around 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

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

4
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.
Visiting Uluru and Valley of the Winds will get you outdoors. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Kata Tjuta and Walpa Gorge. There's still lots to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Mutitjulu Waterhole, tour the pleasant surroundings at Kuniya Walk, trek along Uluru Hiking Path, and get engrossed in the history at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre.

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Traveling by flight from Sydney to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. When traveling from Sydney in December, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park: temperatures range from 97°F by day to 70°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can 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

2
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.
Visiting Scuba & Snorkeling and Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas will get you outdoors. Spend the 21st (Fri) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. It doesn't end there: experience rural life at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures.

To find other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Port Douglas trip builder site .

Getting from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Port Douglas by combination of flight and shuttle takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive. Traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in December, you will find days in Port Douglas are little chillier (88°F), and nights are about the same (73°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Safaris

3
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Scuba & Snorkeling and The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk. Get a sense of the local culture at Bones and Jones and St Monica's Cathedral. Spend the 23rd (Sun) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. It doesn't end there: trek along Esplanade Boardwalk.

For photos, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Cairns travel planning website .

You can drive from Port Douglas to Cairns in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. In December, daytime highs in Cairns are 88°F, while nighttime lows are 73°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk

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