18 days in Australia Itinerary

18 days in Australia Itinerary

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18 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Sydney
1
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Melbourne
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
3
Whitsunday Island
— 1 night
4
Cairns
— 3 nights
5
Port Douglas
— 3 nights
shuttle + Fly:  3​h 30​min
6
Hamilton Island
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 15​min
7
Brisbane
— 2 nights
8
Noosa
— 1 night
+2
bus + foot + Fly:  5​h 45​min
End: Sydney

3
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.
Bring the kids along to Bondi Beach and Sea Life Sydney Aquarium. There's still lots to do: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, look and learn at Sydney Observatory, see the interesting displays at Australian National Maritime Museum, and admire the natural beauty at The Royal Botanic Garden.

To find ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Sydney journey builder site .

Use the Route module to see travel options from your home to Sydney. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in September, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) to allow time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Sea Life Sydney Aquarium ©
Sea Life Sydney Aquarium
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach

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Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Family-friendly places like Melbourne Zoo and Melbourne Museum will thrill your kids. The adventure continues: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, get your game on at Zero Latency, steep yourself in history at Old Melbourne Gaol, and take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck 88.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Melbourne trip itinerary planner.

Fly from Sydney to Melbourne in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Sydney in October, things will get slightly colder in Melbourne: highs are around 24°C and lows about 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to travel to Whitsunday Island.

Things to do in Melbourne

Outdoors Parks Tours
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Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum

1
night
Whitsunday Island

Whitsunday Island ©
Start off your visit on the 7th (Mon): contemplate the waterfront views at Hill Inlet and then kick back and relax at Whitehaven Beach.

For where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Whitsunday Island trip itinerary planning website .

You can fly from Melbourne to Whitsunday Island in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a train. In October, Whitsunday Island is somewhat warmer than Melbourne - with highs of 34°C and lows of 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Whitsunday Island

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Whitehaven Beach ©
Whitehaven Beach
Hill Inlet ©
Hill Inlet

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.
Family-friendly places like Scuba & Snorkeling and Nature & Wildlife Tours will thrill your kids. And it doesn't end there: let the kids burn off some steam at Muddy's Playground, meet the residents at Cairns Aquarium, and hike along Esplanade Boardwalk.

To find maps, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Cairns trip site .

Traveling by flight from Whitsunday Island to Cairns takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Cairns when traveling from Whitsunday Island in October, with lows around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Muddy's Playground ©
Muddy's Playground

3
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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.
Bring the kids along to Scuba & Snorkeling and Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas. Spend the 13th (Sun) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. There's more to do: admire all the interesting features of Hartley's Crocodile Adventures and make a trip to St Mary’s by The Sea chapel.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read Port Douglas day trip website .

Getting from Cairns to Port Douglas by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a shuttle. In October, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Hamilton Island.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

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

1
night
Hamilton Island

A trip to Hamilton Island takes you to a car-free destination mostly covered in bushland.
On the 14th (Mon), discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

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

Do a combination of shuttle and flight from Port Douglas to Hamilton Island in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of bus, train, and ferry. When traveling from Port Douglas in October, plan for a bit cooler days in Hamilton Island, with highs around 31°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Hamilton Island

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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Scuba & Snorkeling

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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Tue): get great views at Mount Coot-tha Lookout, identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, and then have some family-friendly fun at Zoccer Sports - Bubble Soccer. On the 16th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the natural beauty at Roma Street Parkland and then let little ones run wild at South Bank Parklands.

To see reviews, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Brisbane road trip app .

Traveling by flight from Hamilton Island to Brisbane takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, bus, and train; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Traveling from Hamilton Island in October, Brisbane is little chillier at night with lows of 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can drive to Noosa.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Fun & Games Wildlife
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South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Mount Coot-tha Lookout ©
Mount Coot-tha Lookout

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night
Noosa

Noosa ©
Known for its "green" development and north-facing beach, Noosa is a natural getaway.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Thu): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Noosa National Park.

Plan a trip to Noosa easily and quickly by telling Inspirock to suggest an itinerary.

Getting from Brisbane to Noosa by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Noosa

Nature Parks
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Noosa National Park ©
Noosa National Park

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