13 days in Great Barrier Reef, Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park & Sydney Itinerary

13 days in Great Barrier Reef, Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park & Sydney Itinerary

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13 days in Great Barrier Reef, Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park & Sydney Itinerary

Start: Honolulu, Oahu
Fly:  14​h 15​min
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Cairns
— 1 night
bus:  1​h 15​min
2
Port Douglas
— 3 nights
shuttle + Fly:  5​h 45​min
3
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 30​min
4
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly:  13​h
End: Honolulu, Oahu

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Sat): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Sun): get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Cairns trip planner .

Honolulu, USA to Cairns is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. Traveling from Honolulu to Cairns, you'll lose 20 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Honolulu in March, expect Cairns to be a bit warmer, temps between 87°F and 74°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can drive to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Nature & Wildlife Tours

3
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Scuba & Snorkeling and Hartley's Crocodile Adventures. Kids will appreciate attractions like Safaris and Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas. Next up on the itinerary: browse the exhibits of Des Spencer Galleries and stop by With Sugar.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Port Douglas trip planner.

You can drive from Cairns to Port Douglas in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. In March, daytime highs in Port Douglas are 87°F, while nighttime lows are 74°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

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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 21st (Thu): view the masterpieces at Walkatjara Art, then hike along Kuniya Walk, then contemplate the waterfront views at Mutitjulu Waterhole, and finally explore the striking landscape at Uluru. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get engrossed in the history at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Kata Tjuta, and then head outdoors with Walpa Gorge.

For maps, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip planner.

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Port Douglas to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Port Douglas in March, expect nights in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to be about the same, around 70°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 95°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to travel to Sydney.

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
Kuniya Walk ©
Kuniya Walk

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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.
Bring the kids along to Australian National Maritime Museum and Bondi Beach. Take a break from the city and head to Manly Beach and The National Pass. Go for a jaunt from Sydney to Faulconbridge to see Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum about 1h 20 min away. There's lots more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of The Rocks, hike along The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk, pause for some serene contemplation at St Benedict's Church, and see a show at Sydney Opera House.

For other places to visit, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read Sydney trip planning app .

Getting from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Sydney by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in March: highs in Sydney hover around 79°F, while lows dip to 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Parks Museums

Side Trips

Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum, The National Pass
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Australian National Maritime Museum ©

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