18 days in Australia Itinerary

18 days in Australia Itinerary

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18 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Toronto
Fly:  27​h
1
Cairns
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
2
Darwin
— 2 nights
Fly:  10​h 45​min
3
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
4
Melbourne
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
5
Sydney
— 5 nights
Fly:  25​h
End: Toronto


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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.
You'll explore and learn at Village Gallery and Bones and Jones. Step out of Cairns with an excursion to Hartley's Crocodile Adventures in Palm Cove--about 44 minutes away. Spend the 21st (Mon) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 23rd (Wed) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To find ratings, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read Cairns sightseeing planner .

Toronto, Canada to Cairns is an approximately 27-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train, car, and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Toronto to Cairns, you'll lose 15 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Toronto in October, things will get warmer in Cairns: highs are around 34°C and lows about 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can travel to Darwin.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Palm Cove
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Nature & Wildlife Tours

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Thu): see the interesting displays at Museum & Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, then examine the collection at Defence of Darwin Experience, then view the masterpieces at Outstation Gallery - Aboriginal Art from Art Centres, and finally take an in-depth tour of RFDS Darwin Tourist Facility. Here are some ideas for day two: look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas.

For more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, use the Darwin vacation planner.

You can fly from Cairns to Darwin in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Cairns in October, expect Darwin to be somewhat warmer, temps between 39°C and 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Darwin

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
RFDS Darwin Tourist Facility ©
RFDS Darwin Tourist Facility

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.
Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre and Walkatjara Art will appeal to museum buffs. Get a sense of the local culture at Uluru and Walpa Gorge. And it doesn't end there: take in the awesome beauty at Kata Tjuta, identify plant and animal life at Kuniya Walk, go for a walk through Field of Light, and explore the activities along Mutitjulu Waterhole.

To find more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park online vacation planner .

Traveling by flight from Darwin to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park takes 11 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Darwin in October since evenings lows in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park dip to 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Uluru ©
Uluru
Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre ©
Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga ©
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga

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.
Get some cultural insight at Melbourne Museum and National Sports Museum. Visit Shrine of Remembrance and Old Melbourne Gaol for their historical value. Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Victoria, take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, see the interesting displays at Federation Square, and contemplate the long history of The Johnston Collection.

For where to stay, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Melbourne planning tool .

Traveling by flight from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Melbourne takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in October, you will find days in Melbourne are much colder (24°C), and nights are slightly colder (9°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) to allow time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum
Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance
National Gallery of Victoria ©
National Gallery of Victoria

5
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.
Visit The Rocks and Justice & Police Museum for their historical value. You'll explore and learn at Australian National Maritime Museum and Brett Whiteley Studio. There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Sydney Opera House, take an in-depth tour of The Rocks Discovery Museum, look and learn at Sydney Observatory, and take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney.

For more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Sydney attractions app .

You can fly from Melbourne to Sydney in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Traveling from Melbourne in October, things will get somewhat warmer in Sydney: highs are around 28°C and lows about 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Museums Shopping Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Blues Point Reserve
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The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Australian National Maritime Museum ©
Darling Harbour ©
Darling Harbour

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