10 days in Australia Itinerary

10 days in Australia Itinerary

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10 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
Fly:  23​h 15​min
1
Cairns
— 1 day
bus:  1​h 15​min
2
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
shuttle + Fly:  5​h 45​min
3
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 30​min
4
Sydney
— 2 nights
Fly:  25​h
End: Washington DC

1
day
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 28th (Sat), see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For maps, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Cairns itinerary planner.

Washington DC, USA to Cairns is an approximately 23.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of subway, bus, and flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland), which is usually a 15 hour difference. Prepare for much warmer weather when traveling from Washington DC in December: high temperatures in Cairns hover around 88°F and lows are around 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to drive to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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Scuba & Snorkeling

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.
On the 29th (Sun), discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Here are some ideas for day two: take an exotic tour of a safari tour.

To see ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Port Douglas trip itinerary builder website .

Getting from Cairns to Port Douglas by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a shuttle. December in Port Douglas sees daily highs of 88°F and lows of 73°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris

1
night
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 31st (Tue), trek along Kuniya Walk, contemplate the waterfront views at Mutitjulu Waterhole, then explore the striking landscape at Uluru, and finally hike along Uluru Hiking Path. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Wed): get outside with Walpa Gorge, then take in the awesome beauty at Kata Tjuta, and then take an in-depth tour of Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre.

To find reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip itinerary app .

Getting from Port Douglas to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park by combination of shuttle and flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive. When traveling from Port Douglas in December, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park: temperatures range from 97°F by day to 70°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) to allow time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

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Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga ©
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga
Kuniya Walk ©
Kuniya Walk

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Sydney Opera House and Australian National Maritime Museum. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Bondi Beach and Manly Beach. The adventure continues: appreciate the extensive heritage of The Rocks, take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, hike along The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk, and take a stroll through Darling Harbour.

To find more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Sydney travel route builder website .

Getting from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Sydney by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive. In January, Sydney is a bit cooler than Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park - with highs of 82°F and lows of 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Manly Beach
Manly Beach
The Rocks ©
The Rocks

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