11 days in Sydney, Cairns Region & Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park Itinerary

11 days in Sydney, Cairns Region & Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park Itinerary

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11 days in Sydney, Cairns Region & Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park Itinerary

Start: Dallas
Fly:  19​h 15​min
1
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h
2
Cairns
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
3
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 1 night
Fly:  32​h
End: Dallas

3
nights
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 in touch with nature at Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk and Bouddi National Park. Visit Manly Beach and Shelly Beach for some beach relaxation. Get out of town with these interesting Sydney side-trips: The Crommelin Native Arboretum (in Pearl Beach) and Australia Walkabout Wildlife Park (in Calga). And it doesn't end there: see a show at Sydney Opera House, pause for some photo ops at Mrs Macquarie's Chair, and discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Sydney road trip tool .

Dallas, USA to Sydney is an approximately 19.5-hour combination of tram and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from Dallas to Sydney, you'll lose 16 hours due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Dallas, expect somewhat warmer days and warmer nights in Sydney, ranging from highs of 80°F to lows of 68°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Shelly Beach, Australia Walkabout Wildlife Park, The Crommelin Native Arboretum, Bouddi National Park
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House

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.
Get in touch with nature at Scuba & Snorkeling and Hartley's Crocodile Adventures. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Atherton Tablelands and Australian Leather Company. Change things up with these side-trips from Cairns: Birdworld Kuranda (in Kuranda) and Historic Village Herberton (in Herberton). There's still lots to do: relax in the rural setting at Gallo DairyLand.

For photos and more tourist information, read our Cairns journey maker website .

You can fly from Sydney to Cairns in 6 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Sydney in February: high temperatures in Cairns hover around 88°F and lows are around 75°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) to allow time to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, Historic Village Herberton, Birdworld Kuranda
Find places to stay Feb 26 — Mar 1:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Atherton Tablelands ©
Atherton Tablelands
Historic Village Herberton ©
Historic Village Herberton

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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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Fri): hike along Uluru Hiking Path, view the masterpieces at Walkatjara Art, then take in the dramatic natural features at Uluru, then explore the activities along Mutitjulu Waterhole, and finally stroll through Kuniya Walk. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take an in-depth tour of Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, go for a walk through Field of Light, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Kata Tjuta, and finally head outdoors with Walpa Gorge.

For other places to visit, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, use the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip tool .

Traveling by flight from Cairns to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. When traveling from Cairns in March, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park: temperatures range from 95°F by day to 70°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga ©
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga
Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre ©
Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre

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