18 days in Australia Itinerary

18 days in Australia Itinerary

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Sydney
— 4 nights
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Melbourne
— 3 nights
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Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 3 nights
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Cairns
— 3 nights
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Airlie Beach
— 1 night
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Brisbane
— 2 nights

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Sydney

Sydney ©

The Harbour City

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 The Rocks and Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Sydney: Everglades Historic House and Gardens (in Leura) and Wentworth Falls Lookout (in Wentworth Falls). There's much more to do: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, admire the natural beauty at Chinese Garden of Friendship, take a stroll through Darling Harbour, and enjoy the sea views from Macquarie Lighthouse.

To see reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Sydney travel route planner.

Miami, USA to Sydney is an approximately 25-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Miami to Sydney is 15 hours. Traveling from Miami in April, expect Sydney to be little chillier, temps between 73°F and 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Side Trips

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Must see
The Rocks
4.6
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Must see
Bondi Beach
4.2
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Hiking Trail
Bondi to Coogee Walk
4.8

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Melbourne

Melbourne ©

Australia's Garden City

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Melbourne Museum and Royal Exhibition Building are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Your inner history buff will appreciate Old Melbourne Gaol and St. Patrick's Cathedral. The adventure continues: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck, take a memorable tour with Tours, and get a sense of history and politics at Parliament House of Victoria.

For more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Melbourne trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Melbourne takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Sydney in April; daily highs in Melbourne reach 68°F and lows reach 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Melbourne

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Specialty Museum
Melbourne Museum
4.5
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Historic Site
Old Melbourne Gaol
4.5

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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 Valley of the Winds and Walpa Gorge. Do some cultural sightseeing at Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga and Uluru. There's still lots to do: hike along Kuniya Walk, stroll through Uluru Hiking Path, make a trip to Field of Light, and go for a walk through Lungkata Walk.

To find maps, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip itinerary tool.

Getting from Melbourne to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: 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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks · Nature · Museums · Trails
Find places to stay Apr 25 — 28:
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World heritage site
Uluru
4.6

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Cairns

The Gateway to the Great Barrier Reef

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 Mulgrave Settlers Museum and Doongal Aboriginal Art Gallery Cairns. When in Cairns, make a side trip to see Hartley's Crocodile Adventures in Wangetti, approximately Wangetti away. There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Trinity Beach, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, and don't miss a visit to Captain Cook Highway Rock Stacks.

To find other places to visit, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read our Cairns trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Cairns takes 4.5 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

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks

Side Trips

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Airlie Beach

Gateway to the Whitsundays

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 drive; or take a bus. 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 · Beaches
Find places to stay May 1 — 2:
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World heritage site
Scuba & Snorkeling
3.8
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Gift & Specialty Shop
Beach Book Boutique
4.3

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Brisbane

Brisbane ©

Australia's New World City

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 Summit Lookout.

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

You can fly from Airlie Beach to Brisbane in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. 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

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Religious Site
Nepalese Pagoda
4.3

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