16 days in Australia Itinerary

16 days in Australia Itinerary

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16 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Dubai
Fly:  21​h 15​min
1
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Cairns
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
3
Port Douglas
— 3 nights
shuttle + Fly:  7​h 30​min
4
Lord Howe Island
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 30​min
5
Sydney
— 5 nights
Fly:  16​h 30​min
End: Dubai

1
night
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 18th (Tue), hike along Kuniya Walk, explore the striking landscape at Uluru, and then hike along Uluru Hiking Path. Keep things going the next day: get engrossed in the history at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, then view the masterpieces at Walkatjara Art, then take in the awesome beauty at Kata Tjuta, and finally head outdoors with Walpa Gorge.

For maps, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park route planner .

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is an approximately 21.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Gulf Standard Time (GST) to Australian Central Standard Time (Northern Territory) (ACST), which is usually a 5 hour difference. When traveling from Dubai in December, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park: temperatures range from 42°C by day to 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Cairns.

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

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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Scuba & Snorkeling and Hartley's Crocodile Adventures. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Palm Cove Beach and Trinity Beach. It doesn't end there: hike along Esplanade Boardwalk and take a leisurely stroll along The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk.

For traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Cairns trip planner .

Getting from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Cairns by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive. Traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in December, expect nights in Cairns to be about the same, around 26°C, while days are little chillier, around 36°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can drive to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Palm Cove, The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk, Trinity Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk

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.
Family-friendly places like Scuba & Snorkeling and Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas will thrill your kids. Take a break from the city and head to Safaris and Four Mile Beach. There's more to do: tour the water at your own pace with Port Douglas Boat Hire.

To find traveler tips and other tourist information, read Port Douglas road trip planner.

Getting from Cairns to Port Douglas by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. December in Port Douglas sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 26°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can travel to Lord Howe Island.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Four Mile Beach ©
Four Mile Beach

1
night
Lord Howe Island

Lord Howe Island ©
Bursting out of the Tasman Sea, Lord Howe Island offers stunning scenery and many sandy beaches.
On the 26th (Wed), enjoy the sand and surf at Lagoon Beach, learn more about the world around you at Lord Howe Island Museum, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Ned's Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the awesome beauty at Mt Gower and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Lord Howe Island Walking Trails.

To find more things to do, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Lord Howe Island trip itinerary planning site .

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Port Douglas to Lord Howe Island takes 7.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Lord Howe Island

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Ned's Beach ©
Ned's Beach
Lagoon Beach ©
Lagoon Beach
Lord Howe Island Walking Trails ©
Lord Howe Island Walking Trails

5
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.
Visiting Bondi Beach and Manly Beach will get you outdoors. Kids will enjoy Coogee Beach and Clovelly. There's lots more to do: trek along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, see the interesting displays at Australian National Maritime Museum, enjoy the sand and surf at Freshwater Beach, and take a stroll through Darling Harbour.

To see where to stay, reviews, photos, and tourist information, use the Sydney tour itinerary maker website .

Traveling by flight from Lord Howe Island to Sydney takes 3.5 hours. December in Sydney sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 21°C at night. On the 1st (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Manly Beach
Manly Beach

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