18 days in Australia Itinerary

18 days in Australia Itinerary

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Start: New York City
Fly:  22 h 30 min
1
Brisbane
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h 45 min
2
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly:  3 h 30 min
3
Melbourne
— 3 nights
Fly:  4 h 45 min
4
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 3 nights
Fly:  5 h 45 min
5
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
6
Cairns
— 3 nights
Fly:  26 h
End: New York City

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.
On the 6th (Fri), take in nature's colorful creations at Roma Street Parkland and then walk around South Bank Parklands. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Sat): get great views at Mount Coot-tha Lookout and then identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Brisbane trip itinerary planner.

New York City, USA to Brisbane is an approximately 23-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time is 15 hours. Plan for much warmer temperatures traveling from New York City in March, with highs in Brisbane at 82°F and lows at 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Wildlife
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South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Mount Coot-tha Lookout ©
Mount Coot-tha Lookout

3
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, beaches, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see a show at Sydney Opera House, visit Darling Harbour, hike along Bondi to Coogee Walk, and explore the striking landscape at Mrs Macquarie's Chair.

To find maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Sydney day trip planning site.

Traveling by flight from Brisbane to Sydney takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In March, daytime highs in Sydney are 79°F, while nighttime lows are 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Bondi to Coogee Walk
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi to Coogee Walk ©
Bondi to Coogee Walk
The Rocks ©
The Rocks

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, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, get to know the resident critters at Melbourne Zoo, and pause for some photo ops at Shrine of Remembrance.

To see maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Melbourne trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Sydney to Melbourne by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Sydney in March since evenings lows in Melbourne dip to 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Tours Museums
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Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum

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, and outdoors. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the striking landscape at Uluru, explore the activities along Mutitjulu Waterhole, get engrossed in the history at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, and view the masterpieces at Walkatjara Art.

For where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park visit planner.

Fly from Melbourne to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. You'll gain 0.5 hours traveling from Melbourne to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Melbourne in March, with highs in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park at 95°F and lows at 70°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

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

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.
On the 17th (Tue), see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then stop by With Sugar. On the next day, identify plant and animal life at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, get to know the resident critters at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, and then see the vivid underwater world at Opal Reef.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Port Douglas trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Port Douglas by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive. Traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Port Douglas, you'll lose 0.5 hours due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Port Douglas, ranging from highs of 87°F to lows of 74°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Esplanade Boardwalk, thenlook for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, and then take in the waterfront at The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk. Here are some ideas for day two: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, admire the natural beauty at Botanical Gardens, and then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

To find maps, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Cairns trip builder app.

Traveling by car from Port Douglas to Cairns takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 87°F, and evening lows to 74°F. You will have some time to spend on the 21st (Sat) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Spas, The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Spas

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