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

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

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

Start: Sydney
1
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h
2
Cairns
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
3
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
4
Sydney
— 3 nights
End: Sydney

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Wentworth Falls and North Head Sanctuary. Get in touch with nature at Bondi Beach and Shelly Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Sydney side-trips: Everglades Historic House and Gardens (in Leura), Palm Beach (in Palm Beach) and Canyoning & Rappelling Tours (in Katoomba). There's lots more to do: take a stroll through The Rocks, take in nature's colorful creations at The Royal Botanic Garden, tour the pleasant surroundings at Balmoral Beach, Mosman, and enjoy the sand and surf at Clovelly.

For traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read Sydney travel planning app .

If you are flying in from United States, the closest major airport is Sydney Kingsford Smith International Airport. March in Sydney sees daily highs of 79°F and lows of 66°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Manly, Katoomba, Everglades Historic House and Gardens, Balmoral Beach, Mosman, Palm Beach
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Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
Balmoral Beach, Mosman ©
Balmoral Beach, Mosman
Palm Beach ©
Palm Beach

4
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Historic Village Herberton and Bones and Jones. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Atherton Tablelands and Doongal Aboriginal Art. Get out of town with these interesting Cairns side-trips: Hartley's Crocodile Adventures (in Palm Cove), Four Mile Beach (in Port Douglas) and Birdworld Kuranda (in Kuranda). Spend the 5th (Tue) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Next up on the itinerary: experience rural life at Gallo DairyLand.

For more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Cairns trip website .

You can fly from Sydney to Cairns in 6 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Sydney in March: high temperatures in Cairns hover around 87°F and lows are around 74°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Four Mile Beach, Historic Village Herberton, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, Birdworld Kuranda
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Historic Village Herberton ©
Historic Village Herberton
Atherton Tablelands ©
Atherton Tablelands

2
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 9th (Sat), admire the verdant scenery at Valley of the Winds, then take in the awesome beauty at Kata Tjuta, and then get outside with Walpa Gorge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Sun): view the masterpieces at Walkatjara Art, get answers to all your questions at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, then explore the striking landscape at Uluru, and finally hike along Kuniya Walk.

To find more things to do and more tourist information, go to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park vacation planner.

Traveling by flight from Cairns to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Cairns in March, you will find days in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park are somewhat warmer (95°F), and nights are about the same (70°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Valley of the Winds ©
Valley of the Winds
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga ©
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga
Uluru ©
Uluru

3
nights
Sydney

Sydney ©
Take a break from the city and head to Terrigal Beach and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Do some cultural sightseeing at Australian National Maritime Museum and Hyde Park Barracks Museum. Go for a jaunt from Sydney to Calga to see Australia Walkabout Wildlife Park about 1h 05 min away. Explore Sydney further: snap pictures at Sydney Harbour Bridge, take a memorable tour with Tours, tour the pleasant surroundings at The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk, and admire the masterpieces at Art Gallery of New South Wales.

To find maps, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Sydney route planner .

You can fly from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Sydney in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. When traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in March, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Sydney: temperatures range from 79°F by day to 66°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Australia Walkabout Wildlife Park, Terrigal Beach
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Terrigal Beach ©
Terrigal Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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