18 days in Australia Itinerary

18 days in Australia Itinerary

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18 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Calgary
Fly:  20​h 45​min
1
Sydney
— 4 nights
Fly:  6​h
2
Cairns
— 6 nights
Bus:  1​h 15​min
3
Port Douglas
— 3 nights
Shuttle + Fly:  6​h 30​min
4
Melbourne
— 3 nights
Fly:  22​h
End: Calgary

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, beaches, parks, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: kick back and relax at Bondi Beach, wander the streets of Darling Harbour, tour the pleasant surroundings at Manly Beach, and trek along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk.

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Calgary, Canada to Sydney is an approximately 21-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales), which is usually a 17 hour difference. Traveling from Calgary in January, things will get much hotter in Sydney: highs are around 32°C and lows about 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Bondi to Coogee Walk
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Bondi to Coogee Walk ©
Bondi to Coogee Walk
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Manly Beach
Manly Beach

6
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.
Change things up with a short trip to Palm Cove Beach in Palm Cove (about 32 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, stroll through Esplanade Boardwalk, and get interesting insight from Tours.

For where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Cairns attractions planner.

Getting from Sydney to Cairns by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Sydney in January: high temperatures in Cairns hover around 37°C and lows are around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to take a bus to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Palm Cove Beach, Trinity Beach, Cairns Kart Hire Track, The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk
Nature & Wildlife Tours

3
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 nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, enjoy the sand and surf at Four Mile Beach, and explore the gorgeous colors at Opal Reef.

To see more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Port Douglas trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by bus from Cairns to Port Douglas takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In January, daily temperatures in Port Douglas can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

3
nights
Melbourne

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
When in Melbourne, make a side trip to see The Great Ocean Road in Torquay, approximately 1h 20 min away. There's much more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, soar above the sights with a balloon tour, get to know the resident critters at Melbourne Zoo, and take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck.

To find maps, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Melbourne tour itinerary planning tool .

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Port Douglas to Melbourne takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In January, Melbourne is little chillier than Port Douglas - with highs of 32°C and lows of 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Outdoors Parks Scenic Drive

Side Trip

The Great Ocean Road
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Balloon Rides
The Great Ocean Road ©
The Great Ocean Road
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo

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