18 days in Australia Itinerary

18 days in Australia Itinerary

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18 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Sacramento
+3
bus + subway + Fly + shuttle:  25​h
1
Melbourne
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
2
Cairns
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
3
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
shuttle + Fly:  6​h 45​min
4
Sydney
— 5 nights
Fly:  19​h 45​min
End: Sacramento

4
nights
Melbourne

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Step out of Melbourne with an excursion to The Great Ocean Road in Torquay--about 1h 35 min away. There's still lots to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, soar above the sights with a balloon tour, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, and indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink.

For maps, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Melbourne trip app .

Sacramento, USA to Melbourne is an approximately 20.5-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle; or do a combination of bus, flight, and train. You'll lose 18 hours traveling from Sacramento to Melbourne due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Sacramento in February, with highs in Melbourne at 81°F and lows at 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Melbourne

Tours Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

The Great Ocean Road
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Balloon Rides
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo

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.
Go for a jaunt from Cairns to Palm Cove to see Palm Cove Beach about 32 minutes away. The adventure continues: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, take a leisurely stroll along The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk, and admire the natural beauty at Botanical Gardens.

To see traveler tips, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Cairns trip planner.

You can fly from Melbourne to Cairns in 6 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. In February, Cairns is a bit warmer than Melbourne - with highs of 88°F and lows of 75°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to take a bus to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Palm Cove Beach, The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Thu): take an exotic tour of a safari tour, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then stop by With Sugar. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take some stellar pictures from Flagstaff Hill Lookout and then admire all the interesting features of Hartley's Crocodile Adventures.

Plan trip to Port Douglas with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

You can take a bus from Cairns to Port Douglas in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In February, plan for daily highs up to 88°F, and evening lows to 75°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) to allow time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

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

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.
Sydney is known for nightlife, trails, shopping, beaches, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: wander the streets of Darling Harbour, snap pictures at Sydney Harbour Bridge, kick back and relax at Manly Beach, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk.

For more things to do, maps, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Sydney trip itinerary planning website .

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Port Douglas to Sydney in 7 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Port Douglas in February, with highs in Sydney at 80°F and lows at 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Darling Harbour ©
Darling Harbour
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney ©
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney
The Rocks ©
The Rocks

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