18 days in Australia Itinerary

18 days in Australia Itinerary

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18 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Fly:  16 h 30 min
1
Sydney
— 4 nights
Fly:  6 h 30 min
2
Cairns
— 4 nights
Fly + Drive:  5 h 30 min
3
Port Adelaide
— Few hours
Drive + Fly:  3 h 30 min
4
Kangaroo Island
— 3 nights
Fly:  4 h 30 min
5
Melbourne
— 4 nights
Fly:  20 h 15 min
End: San Francisco

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Featherdale Wildlife Park, Circular Quay and Scenic World Blue Mountains. Next up on the itinerary: see the grandeur of opera at Sydney Opera House, admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, trek along The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk.

To find other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Sydney trip itinerary builder.

San Francisco, USA to Sydney is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from San Francisco to Sydney is 18 hours. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from San Francisco in November: high temperatures in Sydney hover around 77°F and lows are around 62°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Bondi to Coogee Walk, Featherdale Sydney Wildlife Park
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney ©
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge

4
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park, Kuranda Riverboat, Kuranda Scenic Railway, and other attractions you added. There's still lots to do: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, head outdoors with Esplanade Lagoon Pool, and trek along Esplanade Boardwalk.

To see maps, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Cairns itinerary maker.

You can fly from Sydney to Cairns in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Sydney in November: high temperatures in Cairns hover around 87°F and lows are around 72°F. On the 20th (Mon), you're off toPort Adelaide.

Things to do in Cairns

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Daintree Discovery Tours, Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park, Kuranda Riverboat
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk
Daintree Discovery Tours ©
Daintree Discovery Tours

few
hours
Port Adelaide

Port Adelaide
Port Adelaide is the name of a region of Adelaide, approximately 14km northwest of the Adelaide CBD. To see photos, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, use the Port Adelaide travel planner

Explore your travel options from Cairns to Port Adelaide with the Route module. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Cairns in November; daily highs in Port Adelaide reach 76°F and lows reach 55°F. On the 20th (Mon), you're off toKangaroo Island.

Things to do in Port Adelaide

Parks Outdoors Fun & Games
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3
nights
Kangaroo Island

Kangaroo Island ©
Abandoned by Aborigines a few thousand years ago, Kangaroo Island attracts over 140,000 visitors each year.
You've now added Emu Ridge to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 21st (Tue): explore the striking landscape of Flinders Chase National Park. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to Emu Ridge, look for all kinds of wild species at Seal Bay Conservation Park, then look for all kinds of wild species at Raptor Domain, and finally kick back and relax at Stokes Beach.

To find where to stay, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Kangaroo Island sightseeing planning tool

The Route module can help you plan travel from Port Adelaide to Kangaroo Island. You will leave for Melbourne on the 23rd (Thu).

Things to do in Kangaroo Island

Parks Wildlife Nature
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Flinders Chase National Park ©
Flinders Chase National Park
Raptor Domain ©
Raptor Domain
Seal Bay Conservation Park ©
Seal Bay Conservation Park

4
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
You've now added Ocean Road Tours to your itinerary. There's much more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck 88, steep yourself in history at Old Melbourne Gaol, and meet the residents at Melbourne Zoo.

For where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Melbourne trip itinerary planning site

Getting from Kangaroo Island to Melbourne by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of car, ferry, and bus. November in Melbourne sees daily highs of 72°F and lows of 50°F at night. You'll set off for home on the 27th (Mon).

Things to do in Melbourne

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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Ocean Road Tours ©
Ocean Road Tours
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo

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