18 days in Australia Itinerary

18 days in Australia Itinerary

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Port Douglas
— 2 nights
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Cairns
— 3 nights
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Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 3 nights
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Melbourne
— 2 nights
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Sydney
— 4 nights
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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, and beaches. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, identify plant and animal life at Opal Reef, kick back and relax at Four Mile Beach, and take in the exciting artwork at Ngarru Gallery.

To see other places to visit, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read Port Douglas trip builder site.

Dhaka City, Bangladesh to Port Douglas is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. You'll lose 4.5 hours traveling from Dhaka City to Port Douglas due to the time zone difference. In December, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to drive to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

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Cairns

The Gateway to the Great Barrier Reef

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 Palm Cove away. Next up on the itinerary: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, let little ones run wild at Muddy's Playground, take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Gardens, and see the world from above with a helicopter tour.

For traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Cairns travel tool.

You can drive from Port Douglas to Cairns in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Cairns can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trip

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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: take in the dramatic natural features at Uluru, take in the awesome beauty at Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga, explore the activities along Mutitjulu Waterhole, and take an in-depth tour of Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre.

To find photos, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip maker app.

Traveling by flight from Cairns to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 0.5 hours traveling from Cairns to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. 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 your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks · Nature · Museums · Wildlife

Side Trip

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Melbourne

Australia's Garden City

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): make a trip 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. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Sun): see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum, then get to know the resident critters at Melbourne Zoo, and then walk around Fitzroy Gardens.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Melbourne trip planner.

Getting from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Melbourne by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 0.5 hours traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Melbourne. In December, Melbourne is little chillier than Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park - with highs of 30°C and lows of 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
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Sydney

The Harbour City

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: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, kick back and relax at Bondi Beach, stroll through Manly Beach, and get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium.

To find photos, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Sydney trip builder.

You can fly from Melbourne to Sydney in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Traveling from Melbourne in December, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 21°C in Sydney. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Neighborhoods

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Australia travel guide

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Beaches · Gardens · Wildlife Areas
Australia is a country of breathtaking beauty and unforgettable adventure. From coast to coast you’ll find ancient rainforests, towering cities, stunning outback landscapes and white sand beaches. It’s not only the scenery that varies here, but also the lifestyle. Lay back and relax within a coastal paradise, explore the bustling laneways of a lively metropolis, or feed your sense of adventure in the most remote and remarkable pockets of the country. Whether you’re connecting with Aboriginal culture, tasting seafood straight from the ocean, or diving with gentle whale sharks, you’ll discover why there’s nothing like Australia.