18 days in Australia Itinerary

18 days in Australia Itinerary

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18 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Dhaka City
Fly + Shuttle:  16​h
1
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
Bus:  1​h 15​min
2
Cairns
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
3
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
4
Melbourne
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
5
Sydney
— 4 nights
Fly:  13​h
End: Dhaka City

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.
Port Douglas is known for wildlife, adventure, beaches, zoos & aquariums, and spas. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, enjoy the sand and surf at Four Mile Beach, view the masterpieces at Ngarru Gallery, and see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour.

For maps, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Port Douglas online trip itinerary maker .

Dhaka City, Bangladesh to Port Douglas is an approximately 16-hour combination of flight and shuttle. The time zone difference moving from India Standard Time (IST) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) (AEST) is 4 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) to allow time to take a bus to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, Mossman Gorge Centre
Find places to stay Dec 18 — 21:
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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.
When in Cairns, make a side trip to see Palm Cove Beach in Palm Cove, approximately 32 minutes away. There's lots more to do: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Gardens, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, and hike along Esplanade Boardwalk.

For more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Cairns online route planner .

Traveling by bus from Port Douglas to Cairns takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In December, daytime highs in Cairns are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Cairns

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk, Palm Cove Beach
Find places to stay Dec 21 — 24:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk
Esplanade Lagoon Pool ©
Esplanade Lagoon Pool

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, outdoors, trails, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire all the interesting features of Uluru, take in the dramatic natural features at Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga, trek along Kuniya Walk, and make a trip to Field of Light.

For reviews, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Cairns to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Cairns in December: highs in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park hover around 42°C, while lows dip to 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Red Desert Reptiles
Find places to stay Dec 24 — 27:
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Uluru ©
Uluru
Mutitjulu Waterhole ©
Mutitjulu Waterhole
Valley of the Winds ©
Valley of the Winds

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 28th (Sat): don't miss a visit to Flinders Street Station, then take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck, then admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Victoria, and finally admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens. On the next day, see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum, meet the residents at Melbourne Zoo, and then admire the natural beauty at Fitzroy Gardens.

To see photos, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Melbourne trip planning tool .

Traveling by flight from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Melbourne takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in December, with highs in Melbourne at 30°C and lows at 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Museums Zoos & Aquariums
Find places to stay Dec 27 — 30:
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Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum

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.
Sydney is known for nightlife, trails, shopping, beaches, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, snap pictures at Sydney Harbour Bridge, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, and make a trip to Sydney Opera House.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Sydney trip planner .

You can fly from Melbourne to Sydney in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Melbourne in December since evenings lows in Sydney dip to 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Bondi to Coogee Walk
Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 3:
Highlights from your plan
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney ©
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge

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