15 days in Sydney & Northern Territory Itinerary

15 days in Sydney & Northern Territory Itinerary

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15 days in Sydney & Northern Territory Itinerary

Start: New York City
bus + Fly:  26​h
1
Sydney
— 5 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
2
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 2 nights
Fly + taxi:  1​h 30​min
3
Alice Springs
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h 45​min
4
Kakadu National Park
— 3 nights
Fly:  37​h
End: New York City

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Manly Beach and Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk. Get some historical perspective at The Rocks and St. Mary's Cathedral. And it doesn't end there: see a show at Sydney Opera House, trek along The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk, see the interesting displays at Hyde Park Barracks Museum, and explore the world behind art at Art Gallery of New South Wales.

To find maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Sydney trip itinerary planner.

New York City, USA to Sydney is an approximately 26-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, and train. The time zone difference when traveling from New York City to Sydney is 15 hours. Prepare for much warmer weather when traveling from New York City in December: high temperatures in Sydney hover around 81°F and lows are around 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Sydney

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches
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Australian National Maritime Museum ©
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
The Rocks ©
The Rocks

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.
On the 8th (Sat), tour the pleasant surroundings at Kuniya Walk and then explore the striking landscape at Uluru. On your second day here, browse the exhibits of Walkatjara Art, then take an in-depth tour of Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, then head outdoors with Walpa Gorge, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Kata Tjuta.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, use the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip itinerary maker tool .

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In December, Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is a bit warmer than Sydney - with highs of 97°F and lows of 71°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to travel to Alice Springs.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors
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Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta ©
Kata Tjuta
Kuniya Walk ©
Kuniya Walk

1
night
Alice Springs

Alice Springs ©
Situated right in the heart of Australia, Alice Springs serves as an urban oasis deep within the country’s parched, desert-like Red Center.
On the 10th (Mon), look for all kinds of wild species at Alice Springs Desert Park, explore the galleries of Talapi, and then look for all kinds of wild species at The Kangaroo Sanctuary.

To find out how to plan a trip to Alice Springs, use our trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Alice Springs by combination of taxi and flight takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive. Expect a daytime high around 95°F in December, and nighttime lows around 69°F. You'll have a few hours on the 11th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling to Kakadu National Park.

Things to do in Alice Springs

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Nature
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The Kangaroo Sanctuary ©
The Kangaroo Sanctuary
Alice Springs Desert Park ©
Alice Springs Desert Park
Mount Gillen ©
Mount Gillen

3
nights
Kakadu National Park

Kakadu National Park ©
Escape the urban bustle at Yellow Water and Nourlangie Rock. Get a sense of the local culture at Cahills Crossing and Anbangbang Billabong. Spend the 13th (Thu) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To find maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Kakadu National Park journey maker .

You can fly from Alice Springs to Kakadu National Park in 7 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kakadu National Park

#Wildlife, #Parks, #Historic Sites
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Yellow Water ©
Yellow Water
Nourlangie Rock ©
Nourlangie Rock
Cahills Crossing ©
Cahills Crossing

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