17 days in Australia Itinerary

17 days in Australia Itinerary

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17 days in Australia Itinerary

Salamanca
Fly:  34​h
Melbourne
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
Cairns
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
shuttle + Fly:  6​h 45​min
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly:  33​h
Salamanca

3
days
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Get some cultural insight at Melbourne Central and Old Melbourne Gaol. Head to Degraves Street and The Australian Natural Soapfor plenty of shopping. The adventure continues: take an in-depth tour of Shrine of Remembrance, look for gifts at Readings Book Shop, see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum, and make a trip to Collins St/Swanston St.

For more things to do, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Melbourne trip planner.

Salamanca, Spain to Melbourne is an approximately 34-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Victoria) is 9 hours. Expect colder weather when traveling from Salamanca in July: highs in Melbourne hover around 15°C, while lows dip to 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Wed) to allow time for travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Melbourne

#Shopping, #Neighborhoods, #Historic Sites
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Melbourne Central ©
Melbourne Central
Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance
Old Melbourne Gaol ©
Old Melbourne Gaol

2
days
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 5th (Thu), head outdoors with Walpa Gorge, explore the striking landscape at Kata Tjuta, then take an in-depth tour of Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, and finally browse the exhibits of Walkatjara Art. Keep things going the next day: explore the striking landscape at Uluru and then identify plant and animal life at Kuniya Walk.

To find photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park planner .

You can fly from Melbourne to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Melbourne in July: highs in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park hover around 24°C, while lows dip to 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Fri) to allow time for travel to Cairns.

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

3
days
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.
Do your shopping at Tanks Arts Centre and Bones and Jones. You'll get in some beach time at Palm Cove Beach and Trinity Beach. Step out of Cairns with an excursion to Hartley's Crocodile Adventures in Palm Cove--about 44 minutes away. Spend the 7th (Sat) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Next up on the itinerary: choose your vessel at Shaolin Junk Cruises.

To find ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Cairns trip builder app .

Fly from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Cairns in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in July: highs in Cairns hover around 30°C, while lows dip to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

#Outdoors, #Wildlife, #Parks

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Tanks Arts Centre, Trinity Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach

2
days
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 10th (Tue): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

To see photos, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Port Douglas online sightseeing planner .

Drive from Cairns to Port Douglas in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in July, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Port Douglas

#Outdoors, #Wildlife, #Tours
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris

3
days
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.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Bondi Beach and Coogee Beach. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like The Rocks and Darling Harbour. Next up on the itinerary: hunt for treasures at Sydney Fish Market, trek along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, kick back and relax at Clovelly, and stroll through The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk.

For traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Sydney travel itinerary planner.

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 shuttle, bus, and train. Traveling from Port Douglas in July, things will get little chillier in Sydney: highs are around 21°C and lows about 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

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Sydney Fish Market ©
Sydney Fish Market
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
The Rocks ©
The Rocks

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