18 days in Australia Itinerary

18 days in Australia Itinerary

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Start: Canberra
1
Canberra
— 1 night
Drive:  8 h 45 min
2
Coffs Harbour
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h 30 min
3
Brisbane
— 3 nights
Drive:  21 h 45 min
4
Cairns
— 5 nights
Fly:  4 h 15 min
5
Darwin
— 4 nights
Drive:  41 h
End: Canberra

1
night
Canberra

Canberra ©
A planned city with streets laid out in elaborate, geometric patterns and founded specifically to serve as the capital of the emerging Australian state, Canberra has a self-sufficient atmosphere.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Mon): don't miss a visit to Mount Ainslie Lookout, get engrossed in the history at Australian War Memorial, and then engage your brain at Questacon. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: ponder the world of politics at Parliament of Australia and then explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Australia.

To see photos, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Canberra trip itinerary tool.

The Route module shows you travel options from your home to Canberra. In July, daily temperatures in Canberra can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Tue) to allow time for travel to Coffs Harbour.

Things to do in Canberra

Museums Childrens Museums
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Australian War Memorial ©
Australian War Memorial
Parliament of Australia ©
Parliament of Australia
National Gallery of Australia ©
National Gallery of Australia

1
night
Coffs Harbour

Coffs Harbour ©
Nestled between the mountains and the ocean, Coffs Harbour is one of the larger cities in New South Wales.
On the 8th (Wed), take in the waterfront at The Boardwalk, then let little ones run wild at The PlayHouse, then explore the landscape on two wheels at Coffs Creek Walk and Cycleway, and finally get great views at Forest Sky Pier.

To see where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Coffs Harbour itinerary maker.

Getting from Canberra to Coffs Harbour by combination of flight and bus takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Canberra in July, expect Coffs Harbour to be somewhat warmer, temps between 22°C and 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Coffs Harbour

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trip

The Boardwalk
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The PlayHouse ©
The PlayHouse
The Boardwalk ©
The Boardwalk
Forest Sky Pier ©
Forest Sky Pier

3
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.
Brisbane is known for parks, wildlife, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: walk around South Bank Parklands, take some stellar pictures from Mount Coot-tha Lookout, take in nature's colorful creations at Roma Street Parkland, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Nepalese Pagoda.

For traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Brisbane sightseeing planning tool.

Do a combination of bus and flight from Coffs Harbour to Brisbane in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In July in Brisbane, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Wildlife Nature
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South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt. Coot-tha
Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt. Coot-tha

5
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Cairns side-trips: Wrights Lookout (in Kuranda), Hartley's Crocodile Adventures (in Wangetti) and Port Douglas (Flagstaff Hill Lookout, Scuba & Snorkeling, &more). There's much more to do: stroll through Esplanade Boardwalk, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, and see the world from above with a helicopter tour.

To see traveler tips, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read Cairns tour builder website.

Getting from Brisbane to Cairns by combination of flight and shuttle takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle; or drive. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Brisbane in July, with highs in Cairns at 30°C and lows at 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Darwin.

Things to do in Cairns

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Port Douglas, Wrights Lookout, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, Annie's at the Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas ©
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas

4
nights
Darwin

The smallest of Australia’s state capitals, Darwin has nevertheless become an attractive and important urban center, being simultaneously one of the country’s most modernized cities and a gateway to both the Top End region and South East Asia.
Darwin is known for museums, wildlife, and beaches. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: kick back and relax at Mindil Beach, pause for some serene contemplation at St Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Cathedral, take in the waterfront at Darwin Wharf Precinct, and stop by The Book Shop Darwin.

To see reviews, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read Darwin trip maker.

Traveling by flight from Cairns to Darwin takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time to Australian Central Standard Time is minus 0.5 hours. When traveling from Cairns in July, plan for a bit warmer days in Darwin, with highs around 36°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 22°C. On the 21st (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Darwin

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Mindil Beach ©
Mindil Beach
Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory ©

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