18 days in Australia Itinerary

18 days in Australia Itinerary

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18 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Doha
Fly:  25​h
1
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
2
Cairns
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
3
Whitsunday Island
— 1 night
Travel:  2​h 30​min
4
Hamilton Island
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 15​min
5
Brisbane
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
6
Sydney
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
7
Melbourne
— 3 nights
Fly:  16​h 45​min
End: Doha

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.
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is known for nature, museums, outdoors, trails, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Uluru, hike along Uluru Hiking Path, browse the exhibits of Walkatjara Art, and take in the pleasant sights at Field of Light.

For other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park sightseeing planner .

Doha, Qatar to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is an approximately 25-hour flight. Traveling from Doha to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, you'll lose 6 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Doha in December, plan for much warmer days and a bit warmer nights in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park: temperatures range from 42°C by day to 24°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Uluru ©
Uluru
Mutitjulu Waterhole ©
Mutitjulu Waterhole
Valley of the Winds ©
Valley of the Winds

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.
On the 22nd (Sun), trek along Esplanade Boardwalk and then experience rural life at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the waterfront at The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk, then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then enjoy some diversion at Esplanade Lagoon Pool.

To see maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Cairns itinerary maker tool .

Traveling by flight from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Cairns takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in December, expect nights in Cairns to be about the same, around 26°C, while days are little chillier, around 36°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to travel to Whitsunday Island.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk
Find places to stay Dec 21 — 23:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk

1
night
Whitsunday Island

Whitsunday Island ©
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Tue): step off the mainland to explore Whitsunday Islands National Park, then kick back and relax at Whitehaven Beach, and then explore the activities along Hill Inlet.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Whitsunday Island trip simple and quick.

Traveling by flight from Cairns to Whitsunday Island takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in December, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to travel to Hamilton Island.

Things to do in Whitsunday Island

Parks Nature Beaches
Find places to stay Dec 23 — 24:
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Hill Inlet ©
Hill Inlet
Whitehaven Beach ©
Whitehaven Beach
Whitsunday Islands National Park ©
Whitsunday Islands National Park

1
night
Hamilton Island

A trip to Hamilton Island takes you to a car-free destination mostly covered in bushland.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Wed): get outside with Jetryder, then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, and then don't miss a visit to Passage Peak.

To see maps, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read Hamilton Island trip builder tool .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Whitsunday Island to Hamilton Island. Traveling from Whitsunday Island in December, Hamilton Island is a bit warmer at night with lows of 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Hamilton Island

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
Find places to stay Dec 24 — 25:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Passage Peak ©
Passage Peak

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 26th (Thu): admire the natural beauty at Roma Street Parkland and then walk around South Bank Parklands. Here are some ideas for day two: take some stellar pictures from Mount Coot-tha Lookout, then look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, and then have some family-friendly fun at Zoccer Sports - Bubble Soccer.

To see reviews, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Brisbane online route planner .

Getting from Hamilton Island to Brisbane by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry, bus, and train; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Traveling from Hamilton Island in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Brisbane, with lows of 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Wildlife Fun & Games
Find places to stay Dec 25 — 27:
Highlights from your plan
South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Mount Coot-tha Lookout ©
Mount Coot-tha Lookout

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.
Sydney is known for nightlife, trails, shopping, beaches, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the landmark architecture of Sydney Opera House, hike along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium.

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Getting from Brisbane to Sydney by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in December, and nighttime lows around 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Find places to stay Dec 27 — 31:
Highlights from your plan
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney ©
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney

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.
Melbourne is known for museums, shopping, nightlife, parks, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Melbourne Zoo, examine the collection at Melbourne Museum, and pause for some photo ops at Shrine of Remembrance.

To find reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Melbourne tour itinerary planning app .

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 December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Melbourne, with lows of 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Museums Zoos & Aquariums
Find places to stay Dec 31 — Jan 3:
Highlights from your plan
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum

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