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

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

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

Start: Auckland Central
Fly:  6​h 45​min
1
Sydney
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
2
Whitsunday Island
— 1 night
Fly + shuttle:  4​h
3
Port Douglas
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Cairns
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
5
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 3 nights
Fly:  9​h 30​min
End: Auckland Central

4
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.
Sydney is known for nightlife, trails, beaches, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: hike along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, admire the natural beauty at The Royal Botanic Garden, kick back and relax at Bondi Beach, and stroll through Manly Beach.

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Auckland Central, New Zealand to Sydney is an approximately 7-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from New Zealand Standard Time (NZST) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) (AEST) is minus 2 hours. When traveling from Auckland Central in December, plan for a bit warmer days in Sydney, with highs around 32°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Whitsunday Island.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach

1
night
Whitsunday Island

Whitsunday Island ©
Start off your visit on the 27th (Thu): explore the activities along Hill Inlet and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Whitehaven Beach.

To see reviews, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Whitsunday Island trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Sydney to Whitsunday Island in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or take a train. When traveling from Sydney in December, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Whitsunday Island: temperatures range from 37°C by day to 24°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Whitsunday Island

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Hill Inlet ©
Hill Inlet
Whitehaven Beach ©
Whitehaven Beach

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.
Spend the 28th (Fri) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 29th (Sat) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, gear up at Port Douglas Boat Hire, and kick back and relax at Four Mile Beach.

To see other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Port Douglas online trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Whitsunday Island to Port Douglas takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle; or do a combination of train and taxi. In December, daytime highs in Port Douglas are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas ©
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Palm Cove (Hartley's Crocodile Adventures & Palm Cove Beach). Spend the 31st (Mon) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's more to do: hike along Esplanade Boardwalk and enjoy some diversion at Muddy's Playground.

To see maps, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Cairns road trip website .

You can drive from Port Douglas to Cairns in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. In December in Cairns, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) to allow time to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Palm Cove
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk

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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): hike along Uluru Hiking Path, take an in-depth tour of Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, then trek along Kuniya Walk, and finally explore and take pictures at Uluru. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the exciting artwork at Walkatjara Art, take in the dramatic natural features at Kata Tjuta, and then get outside with Walpa Gorge.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip planning tool .

Getting from Cairns to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive. While traveling from Cairns, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, ranging from highs of 43°C to lows of 26°C. You will leave for home on the 5th (Sat).

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta ©
Kata Tjuta
Kuniya Walk ©
Kuniya Walk

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