18 days in Australia Itinerary

18 days in Australia Itinerary

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18 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Newark
Fly:  32​h
1
Lord Howe Island
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Sydney
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
3
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 3 nights
Fly + shuttle:  5​h 45​min
4
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
5
Cairns
— 3 nights
Fly:  30​h
End: Newark

1
night
Lord Howe Island

Lord Howe Island ©
Bursting out of the Tasman Sea, Lord Howe Island offers stunning scenery and many sandy beaches.
On the 10th (Mon), learn more about the world around you at Lord Howe Island Museum, then kick back and relax at Lagoon Beach, and then stroll through Ned's Beach. On the 11th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the awesome beauty at Mt Gower and then trek along Lord Howe Island Walking Trails.

For where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Lord Howe Island road trip planning app .

Newark, USA to Lord Howe Island is an approximately 32-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Lord Howe Standard Time is 15 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Lord Howe Island

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Ned's Beach ©
Ned's Beach
Lord Howe Island Walking Trails ©
Lord Howe Island Walking Trails
Mt Gower ©
Mt Gower

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 in touch with nature at Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk and Adrenaline & Extreme Tours. There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Bondi Beach, take in the views from Sydney Harbour Bridge, stroll through Manly Beach, and wander the streets of Darling Harbour.

To find reviews, maps, photos, and more tourist information, use the Sydney trip maker website .

You can fly from Lord Howe Island to Sydney in 3.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 81°F in December, and nighttime lows around 65°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Sydney

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

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Uluru and Mutitjulu Waterhole. Next up on the itinerary: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Kata Tjuta, get outside with Walpa Gorge, explore the galleries of Walkatjara Art, and trek along Kuniya Walk.

For photos, maps, and other tourist information, use the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip maker site .

You can fly from Sydney to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. While traveling from Sydney, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, ranging from highs of 97°F to lows of 70°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough 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
Kuniya Walk ©
Kuniya Walk

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.
Get in touch with nature at Scuba & Snorkeling and Hartley's Crocodile Adventures. Spend the 21st (Fri) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. There's more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas and stop by With Sugar.

To see ratings, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Port Douglas trip planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Port Douglas takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in December, you will find days in Port Douglas are a bit cooler (88°F), and nights are about the same (73°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can go by car 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.
Take a break from the city and head to Scuba & Snorkeling and Nature & Wildlife Tours. And it doesn't end there: stroll through Esplanade Boardwalk, pause for some serene contemplation at St Monica's Cathedral, explore and take pictures at The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk, and pause for some photo ops at Cairns Cenotaph.

For more things to do, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Cairns tour itinerary planning website .

Drive from Port Douglas to Cairns in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. In December, daily temperatures in Cairns can reach 88°F, while at night they dip to 73°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can 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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