17 days in Australia Itinerary

17 days in Australia Itinerary

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17 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Detroit
Fly:  25​h
1
Sydney
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Lord Howe Island
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 30​min
3
Melbourne
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
4
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 2 nights
+3
Fly + bus + foot + bus:  14​h 30​min
5
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)
— 2 nights
+3
bus + foot + bus + Fly:  9​h
6
Cairns
— 1 night
Fly:  27​h
End: Detroit

2
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Sydney Opera House and Australian National Maritime Museum. Step out of the city life by going to Bondi Beach and Clovelly. There's still lots to do: take a stroll through The Rocks, kick back and relax at Manly Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Coogee Beach, and trek along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk.

To find other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Sydney travel route planner .

New York City, USA to Sydney is an approximately 26-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of bus, flight, and train. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales), which is usually a 15 hour difference. In December, Sydney is warmer than New York City - with highs of 81°F and lows of 65°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can travel to Lord Howe Island.

Things to do in Sydney

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches
Find places to stay Dec 20 — 22:
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©

1
night
Lord Howe Island

Lord Howe Island ©
Bursting out of the Tasman Sea, Lord Howe Island offers stunning scenery and many sandy beaches.
On the 23rd (Sun), enjoy the sand and surf at Lagoon Beach, learn more about the world around you at Lord Howe Island Museum, and then kick back and relax at Ned's Beach.

To see other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Lord Howe Island trip itinerary planner .

Fly from Sydney to Lord Howe Island in 3.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Lord Howe Island

#Parks, #Beaches, #Outdoors
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Ned's Beach ©
Ned's Beach
Lord Howe Island Museum ©
Lord Howe Island Museum

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like National Gallery of Victoria and Melbourne Museum. Step out of the city life by going to Melbourne Zoo and Sandridge Beach. And it doesn't end there: learn about all things military at Shrine of Remembrance, take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, pause for some serene contemplation at Scots Church, and steep yourself in history at Old Melbourne Gaol.

For reviews, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, use the Melbourne trip planning app .

Getting from Lord Howe Island to Melbourne by flight takes about 5.5 hours. In December in Melbourne, expect temperatures between 78°F during the day and 54°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Melbourne

#Parks, #Museums, #Outdoors
Find places to stay Dec 23 — 26:
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Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance
National Gallery of Victoria ©
National Gallery of Victoria

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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 27th (Thu), hike along Uluru Hiking Path, take in the exciting artwork at Walkatjara Art, then trek along Kuniya Walk, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Uluru. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: head outdoors with Walpa Gorge, then take in the awesome beauty at Kata Tjuta, and then get answers to all your questions at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre.

To see traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip planning website .

You can fly from Melbourne to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 5 hours. Another option is to drive. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Melbourne in December, with highs in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park at 97°F and lows at 70°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Jabiru.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors
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Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta ©
Kata Tjuta
Walpa Gorge ©
Walpa Gorge

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nights
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) ©
Jabiru is a town in the Northern Territory of Australia. Escape the urban bustle at Twin Falls and Cahills Crossing. Get a sense of the local culture at Yellow Water and Bardedjilidji Walk. It doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at Anbangbang Billabong and delve into the distant past at Ubirr.

For more things to do, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Jabiru day trip tool .

Do a combination of flight and bus from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Jabiru in 14.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and car. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Nature

Side Trip

Kakadu National Park
Find places to stay Dec 29 — 31:
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Twin Falls ©
Twin Falls
Ubirr ©
Ubirr
Yellow Water ©
Yellow Water

1
night
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.
On the 1st (Tue), take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports. Keep things going the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Monica's Cathedral and then enjoy the sand and surf at Palm Cove Beach.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read our Cairns visit planning app .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Jabiru to Cairns takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or drive. In January, daytime highs in Cairns are 89°F, while nighttime lows are 75°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Wildlife

Side Trip

Palm Cove Beach
Find places to stay Dec 31 — Jan 2:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach
St Monica's Cathedral ©
St Monica's Cathedral

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