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

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

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

Start: Naha
Fly:  17​h 15​min
1
Cairns
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
2
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
3
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
4
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly:  14​h 45​min
End: Naha

2
nights
Cairns

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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sun): pause for some serene contemplation at St Monica's Cathedral and then enjoy the sand and surf at Palm Cove Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Cairns trip planning app .

Naha, Japan to Cairns is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Japan Standard Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Naha in October, plan for little chillier nights in Cairns, with lows around 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Adventure

Side Trip

Palm Cove Beach
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Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling
St Monica's Cathedral ©
St Monica's Cathedral

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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.
Explore hidden gems such as Coachwood Glen Nature Trail and Dolphin & Whale Watching. Kids will enjoy Bondi Beach and Clovelly. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Sydney: Katoomba (Canyoning & Rappelling Tours & Wentworth Falls), Yarramundi Reseve (in Yarramundi) and Pulpit Rock Lookout (in Blue Mountains National Park). There's still lots to do: wander the streets of The Rocks, kick back and relax at Manly Beach, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Camp Cove.

For other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Sydney online trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by flight from Cairns to Sydney takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Cairns in October; daily highs in Sydney reach 28°C and lows reach 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Katoomba, Coachwood Glen Nature Trail, Yarramundi Reseve, Pulpit Rock Lookout
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Manly Beach
Manly Beach

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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 (Sat), hike along Uluru Hiking Path, take an in-depth tour of Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, view the masterpieces at Walkatjara Art, then take in the dramatic natural features at Uluru, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Kuniya Walk.

For reviews, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park journey planning app .

You can fly from Sydney to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Sydney in October, you will find days in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park are a bit warmer (38°C), and nights are about the same (18°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Uluru ©
Uluru
Kuniya Walk ©
Kuniya Walk
Uluru Hiking Path ©
Uluru Hiking Path

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Sydney

Sydney ©
Take a break from the city and head to Palm Beach and Balmoral Beach, Mosman. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Australia Walkabout Wildlife Park and Glenworth Valley Outdoor Adventures. Spend the 31st (Wed) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. See some other sides of Sydney: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, tour the pleasant surroundings at Taronga Zoo, hike along The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk, and get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour.

To find where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Sydney trip maker website .

You can fly from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Sydney in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in October, you will find days in Sydney are slightly colder (28°C), and nights are about the same (17°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Balmoral Beach, Mosman, Palm Beach, Glenworth Valley Outdoor Adventures, Australia Walkabout Wildlife Park, Taronga Zoo
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Palm Beach ©
Palm Beach
Balmoral Beach, Mosman ©
Balmoral Beach, Mosman
Sea Life Sydney Aquarium ©
Sea Life Sydney Aquarium

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