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

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

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

Start: Los Angeles
Fly:  17​h 45​min
1
Sydney
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
2
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
3
Cairns
— 3 nights
Fly:  16​h 45​min
End: Los Angeles

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Bondi Beach and Manly Beach. The Rocks and Australian National Maritime Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's still lots to do: take a stroll through Darling Harbour, hike along The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk, admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, and see a show at Sydney Opera House.

To find other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Sydney travel itinerary planner.

Los Angeles, USA to Sydney is an approximately 18-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 18 hours traveling from Los Angeles to Sydney. Traveling from Los Angeles in November, Sydney is a bit warmer at night with lows of 62°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Sydney

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

3
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Kata Tjuta and Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre. Visiting Uluru and Walpa Gorge will get you outdoors. And it doesn't end there: appreciate the views at Valley of the Winds, get great views at Uluru, explore the activities along Mutitjulu Waterhole, and trek along Kuniya Walk.

To see maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park road trip app .

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. While traveling from Sydney, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, ranging from highs of 96°F to lows of 66°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

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Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta ©
Kata Tjuta
Valley of the Winds ©
Valley of the Winds

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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.
Visiting Safaris and Scuba & Snorkeling will get you outdoors. Step out of Cairns to go to Palm Cove and see Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, which is approximately 44 minutes away. Spend the 28th (Thu) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Esplanade Boardwalk.

For photos, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Cairns online trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by flight from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Cairns takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. While traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, expect a bit cooler days and somewhat warmer nights in Cairns, ranging from highs of 87°F to lows of 72°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, Safaris
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Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

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