18 days in Australia Itinerary

18 days in Australia Itinerary

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18 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Cape Town
Fly:  20​h 30​min
1
Melbourne
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
2
Cairns
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
3
Brisbane
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
4
Sydney
— 6 nights
Fly:  17​h 45​min
End: Cape Town

4
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Shrine of Remembrance and St. Patrick's Cathedral. Do some cultural sightseeing at Melbourne Museum and Old Melbourne Gaol. Next up on the itinerary: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Melbourne Zoo, choose your vessel at Melbourne Boat Hire, take an in-depth tour of Immigration Museum, and admire the landmark architecture of Royal Exhibition Building.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Melbourne trip itinerary builder site .

Cape Town, South Africa to Melbourne is an approximately 20.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Cape Town to Melbourne is 8 hours. Traveling from Cape Town in April, expect nights in Melbourne to be about the same, around 11°C, while days are little chillier, around 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Old Melbourne Gaol ©
Old Melbourne Gaol

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Scuba & Snorkeling and Esplanade Boardwalk. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cairns: Hartley's Crocodile Adventures (in Palm Cove) and Safaris (in Port Douglas).

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Fly from Melbourne to Cairns in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Melbourne in April: highs in Cairns hover around 34°C, while lows dip to 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

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

2
nights
Brisbane

Brisbane ©
Queensland’s biggest town and state capital, Brisbane has an attractive, manicured image based around its riverside aesthetic as well as the contrast between its high-rise center and extensive urban greenery.
Cathedral Square and Nepalese Pagoda are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Take a break from the city and head to Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary and The Brisbane River. The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Dicky Beach, let the kids burn off some steam at South Bank Parklands, tour the pleasant surroundings at Moffat Beach, and take in nature's colorful creations at City Botanic Gardens.

To find reviews, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Brisbane travel route planning site .

Getting from Cairns to Brisbane by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from Cairns in April, expect Brisbane to be a bit cooler, temps between 30°C and 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Caloundra
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South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Dicky Beach ©
Dicky Beach

6
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 a sense of the local culture at The Rocks and Sydney Opera House. We've included these beaches for you: Bondi Beach and Clovelly. Change things up with these side-trips from Sydney: Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum (in Faulconbridge), The National Pass (in Blue Mountains National Park) and Wentworth Falls (in Katoomba). Spend the 2nd (Thu) exploring nature at Sydney Harbour National Park. There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Manly Beach, get to know the fascinating history of Cremorne Point to Mosman Bay Walk, examine the collection at Australian National Maritime Museum, and admire the masterpieces at Art Gallery of New South Wales.

To see photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Sydney online attractions planner .

You can fly from Brisbane to Sydney in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. When traveling from Brisbane in April, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Sydney: temperatures range from 26°C by day to 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

The National Pass, Wentworth Falls, Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum, Sydney Harbour National Park
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Manly Beach
Manly Beach

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