18 days in Australia Itinerary

18 days in Australia Itinerary

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18 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Lodz
Fly:  32​h
1
Cairns
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 45​min
2
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
3
Sydney
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Katoomba
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
5
Canberra
— 1 night
Fly + shuttle:  5​h 15​min
6
Torquay
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
7
Melbourne
— 2 nights
8
Adelaide
— 1 night
Fly:  32​h
End: Lodz


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1
night
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 (Tue), get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports. Here are some ideas for day two: relax in the rural setting at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures and then trek along Esplanade Boardwalk.

To see reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Cairns sightseeing planning site .

Lodz, Poland to Cairns is an approximately 32-hour flight. You'll lose 9 hours traveling from Lodz to Cairns due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Lodz in October, things will get much hotter in Cairns: highs are around 34°C and lows about 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk

2
nights
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park ©
For quintessential Outback scenery and culture, you can't beat a holiday in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, a World Heritage Site.
On the 24th (Thu), stroll through Kuniya Walk, then explore the activities along Mutitjulu Waterhole, then admire all the interesting features of Uluru, and finally trek along Uluru Hiking Path. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Fri): take an in-depth tour of Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, then view the masterpieces at Walkatjara Art, then take in the awesome beauty at Kata Tjuta, and finally head outdoors with Walpa Gorge.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park road trip planner.

You can fly from Cairns to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Cairns in October, you will find days in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park are a bit warmer (38°C), and nights are a bit cooler (18°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga ©
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga
Mutitjulu Waterhole ©
Mutitjulu Waterhole

2
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, beaches, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: enjoy some music at Sydney Opera House, stroll through Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, admire the natural beauty at The Royal Botanic Garden, and kick back and relax at Bondi Beach.

To see more things to do, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Sydney driving holiday planner .

You can fly from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Sydney in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. While traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Sydney, ranging from highs of 28°C to lows of 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Canberra.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Neighborhoods
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge

2
nights
Katoomba

Katoomba ©
Located off of the Great Western Highway, Katoomba is the main hub of the City of Blue Mountains.
On the 29th (Tue), skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, get great views at Govetts Leap, and then admire the sheer force of Wentworth Falls. On the next day, take in nature's colorful creations at Everglades Historic House and Gardens, take in the dramatic scenery at Katoomba Falls, then trek along The Giant Stairway, then get great views at The Three Sisters, and finally don't miss a visit to Echo Point Lookout.

To see other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Katoomba trip itinerary maker site .

You can drive from Sydney to Katoomba in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. Traveling from Sydney in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Katoomba, with lows of 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Canberra.

Things to do in Katoomba

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Everglades Historic House and Gardens, Govetts Leap
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The Giant Stairway ©
The Giant Stairway
Wentworth Falls ©
Wentworth Falls
Everglades Historic House and Gardens ©

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.
On the 31st (Thu), ponder the world of politics at Parliament of Australia, take an in-depth tour of Australian War Memorial, and then identify plant and animal life at Floriade.

To find other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Canberra tour itinerary builder website .

Drive from Katoomba to Canberra in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train and bus. In October, Canberra is a bit cooler than Katoomba - with highs of 25°C and lows of 6°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Thu) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Canberra

Wildlife Parks Museums
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Highlights from your plan
Australian War Memorial ©
Australian War Memorial
Parliament of Australia ©
Parliament of Australia
Floriade ©
Floriade

1
night
Torquay

Torquay ©
Set against the stark but scenic coastline of the Bass Strait--the body of water separating Victoria and Tasmania--Torquay is a prime location for surfing and beach life in general.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Fri): take in the dramatic scenery at Erskine Falls and then take a memorable drive along The Great Ocean Road. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to Teddy's Lookout, enjoy the sea views from Split Point Lighthouse, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Eastern Beach Reserve.

To see traveler tips, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read Torquay vacation planner .

You can do a combination of flight, shuttle, and bus from Canberra to Torquay in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Canberra in November, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Torquay: temperatures range from 25°C by day to 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Melbourne.

Things to do in Torquay

Outdoors Scenic Drive Parks

Side Trips

Lorne, Split Point Lighthouse, Eastern Beach Reserve
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The Great Ocean Road ©
The Great Ocean Road
Eastern Beach Reserve ©
Eastern Beach Reserve
Erskine Falls ©
Erskine Falls

2
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Sun): meet the residents at Melbourne Zoo, then see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Fitzroy Gardens. On the 4th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Flinders Street Station, then explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Victoria, then admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck 88.

To see maps, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read our Melbourne journey planner.

Getting from Torquay to Melbourne by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can travel to Adelaide.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Museums Zoos & Aquariums
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Highlights from your plan
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum

1
night
Adelaide

Adelaide ©
Adelaide exists contentedly as a cultured, diverse, and attractive city with a laid-back center, leafy residential districts, and an underlying cosmopolitan atmosphere.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Tue): admire the natural beauty at Adelaide Botanic Garden, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Adelaide Zoo, and then contemplate the long history of Adelaide Oval.

For traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Adelaide visit planner.

You can fly from Melbourne to Adelaide in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In November, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Adelaide

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Historic Sites
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Adelaide Botanic Garden ©
Adelaide Botanic Garden
Adelaide Oval ©
Adelaide Oval
Adelaide Zoo ©
Adelaide Zoo

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