18 days in Australia Itinerary

18 days in Australia Itinerary

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Start: Miami, Florida
Fly:  23 h 45 min
1
Sydney
— 4 nights
Fly:  3 h 30 min
2
Melbourne
— 3 nights
Fly:  4 h 45 min
3
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 3 nights
Fly:  4 h 45 min
4
Cairns
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + Foot + Ferry:  4 h 45 min
5
Airlie Beach
— 1 night
+2
Bus + Taxi + Fly:  5 h
6
Brisbane
— 2 nights
Fly:  23 h 45 min
End: Miami, Florida

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.
We've included these beaches for you: Bondi Beach and Clovelly Beach. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Sydney Opera House and Justice & Police Museum. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Sydney: Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum (in Faulconbridge), Everglades Historic House and Gardens (in Leura) and Wentworth Falls (in Wentworth Falls). The adventure continues: wander the streets of The Rocks, stop by Darling Harbour, view the masterpieces at Jason Ree, and trek along Bondi to Coogee Walk.

To find reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Sydney online journey planner.

Miami, USA to Sydney is an approximately 25- hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight, bus, and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Miami to Sydney is 15 hours. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Miami in April; daily highs in Sydney reach 73°F and lows reach 59°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Neighborhoods Historic Sites

Side Trips

Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum, Everglades Historic House and Gardens, Wentworth Falls, Bondi to Coogee Walk
Find places to stay Apr 18 — 22:
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The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House

3
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Old Melbourne Gaol and Immigration Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Your inner history buff will appreciate St. Patrick's Cathedral and Parliament House of Victoria. And it doesn't end there: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, soar above the sights with a balloon tour, examine the collection at Melbourne Museum, and admire the landmark architecture of Royal Exhibition Building.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Melbourne using our trip planner.

Getting from Sydney to Melbourne by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Sydney in April, expect Melbourne to be little chillier, temps between 68°F and 50°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums Historic Sites Outdoors
Find places to stay Apr 22 — 25:
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Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum
Old Melbourne Gaol ©
Old Melbourne Gaol
National Gallery of Victoria ©
National Gallery of Victoria

3
nights
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park ©
Please note that visitors are no longer allowed to trek up Uluru.

Located right in the center of Australia, the national park boasts perhaps the country's most iconic natural symbol and a sacred place for the region's indigenous people--as well as Kata Tjuta, a collection of 36 red rocks forming an equally distinctive sight.
Get outdoors at Uluru and Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga. Do some cultural sightseeing at Valley of the Winds and Uluru Hiking Path. There's much more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Walpa Gorge, contemplate the waterfront views at Mutitjulu Waterhole, trek along Kuniya Walk, and take in the exciting artwork at Walkatjara Art.

To see maps, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park day trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) to Australian Central Standard Time (ACST), which is usually a -0.5 hour difference. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Melbourne in April; daily highs in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park reach 84°F and lows reach 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Museums
Find places to stay Apr 25 — 28:
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Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga ©
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga
Valley of the Winds ©
Valley of the Winds

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.
Visiting Scuba & Snorkeling and Esplanade Boardwalk will get you outdoors. Get some cultural insight at Doongal Aboriginal Art Gallery Cairns and Mulgrave Settlers Museum. When in Cairns, make a side trip to see Hartley's Crocodile Adventures in Wangetti, approximately Wangetti away. There's lots more to do: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, kick back and relax at Trinity Beach, and don't miss a visit to Captain Cook Highway Rock Stacks.

For more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Cairns trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Cairns takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 0.5 hours traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Cairns. Traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in April, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 72°F in Cairns. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) to allow time to travel to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Trinity Beach, Mulgrave Settlers Museum, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Find places to stay Apr 28 — May 1:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

1
night
Airlie Beach

Very much a town with an emphasis on the tropical lifestyle, Airlie Beach offers exotic surroundings with palm trees and charming, sandy beaches.
On the 2nd (Sat), stop by Beach Book Boutique, then enjoy the sand and surf at Airlie Beach Lagoon, and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

Before you visit Airlie Beach, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Traveling by combination of flight and ferry from Cairns to Airlie Beach takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. While traveling from Cairns, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Airlie Beach, ranging from highs of 76°F to lows of 69°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
Find places to stay May 1 — 2:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Airlie Beach Lagoon ©
Airlie Beach Lagoon
Beach Book Boutique ©
Beach Book Boutique

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 3rd (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nepalese Pagoda, identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, and then get great views at Mount Coot-tha Lookout.

Before you visit Brisbane, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Airlie Beach to Brisbane in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and flight; or drive. Traveling from Airlie Beach in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Brisbane, with lows of 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Brisbane

Wildlife Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Kumbartcho Sanctuary & Nursery
Find places to stay May 2 — 4:
Highlights from your plan
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Downfall Creek Bushland Centre ©
Downfall Creek Bushland Centre
Nepalese Pagoda ©
Nepalese Pagoda

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