16 days in Australia Itinerary

16 days in Australia Itinerary

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16 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Fly:  18​h 15​min
1
Hamilton Island
— 1 night
ferry:  1​h
2
Airlie Beach
— 2 nights
+3
ferry + foot + Fly + shuttle:  5​h 45​min
3
Port Douglas
— 3 nights
shuttle + Fly:  5​h 45​min
4
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
5
Sydney
— 2 nights
Fly:  17​h
End: San Francisco

1
night
Hamilton Island

A trip to Hamilton Island takes you to a car-free destination mostly covered in bushland.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Mon): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Here are some ideas for day two: tee off at Hamilton Island Golf Club, then take in the exciting artwork at Hamilton Island Art Gallery, then kick back and relax at Catseye Beach, and finally get outside with Jetryder.

To find where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Hamilton Island driving holiday planner.

San Francisco, USA to Hamilton Island is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. You'll lose 18 hours traveling from San Francisco to Hamilton Island due to the time zone difference. Traveling from San Francisco in June, Hamilton Island is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) to allow time to ride a ferry to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Hamilton Island

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Catseye Beach ©
Catseye Beach
Hamilton Island Golf Club ©
Hamilton Island Golf Club

2
nights
Airlie Beach

Very much a town with an emphasis on the tropical lifestyle, Airlie Beach offers exotic surroundings with palm trees and charming, sandy beaches.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Wed): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Here are some ideas for day two: race across the water with a speed boat tour.

Before you visit Airlie Beach, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

You can ride a ferry from Hamilton Island to Airlie Beach in an hour. In June, daytime highs in Airlie Beach are 72°F, while nighttime lows are 65°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Speed Boats Tours
Scuba & Snorkeling

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.
You'll get in some beach time at Four Mile Beach and Thornton Beach. Visiting Safaris and Mossman Gorge will get you outdoors. Get out of town with these interesting Port Douglas side-trips: Myall Beach (in Cape Tribulation) and Daintree Tea (in Daintree). Spend the 28th (Fri) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, get outside with Horses in Port, and explore the gorgeous colors at Opal Reef.

For reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Port Douglas trip itinerary site .

Do a combination of ferry, flight, and shuttle from Airlie Beach to Port Douglas in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle; or drive. When traveling from Airlie Beach in June, plan for a bit warmer days in Port Douglas, with highs around 79°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) to allow time to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Cape Tribulation, Mossman Gorge, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, Daintree Tea
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Uluru and Valley of the Winds. There's still lots to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Kata Tjuta, browse the exhibits of Walkatjara Art, identify plant and animal life at Kuniya Walk, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Uluru Hiking Path.

For photos, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park travel itinerary planner.

Do a combination of shuttle and flight from Port Douglas to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. While traveling from Port Douglas, expect slightly colder days and colder nights in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, ranging from highs of 69°F to lows of 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

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Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta ©
Kata Tjuta
Kuniya Walk ©
Kuniya Walk

2
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.
You'll get in some beach time at Bondi Beach and Clovelly Beach. Escape the urban bustle at Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk and The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk. Step out of Sydney to go to Katoomba and see Wentworth Falls, which is approximately 1h 30 min away. And it doesn't end there: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, wander the streets of The Rocks, stroll through Manly Beach, and appreciate the history behind Mrs Macquarie's Chair.

To see traveler tips, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read Sydney trip planner.

Getting from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Sydney by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive. Traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in July, Sydney is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 47°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Wentworth Falls
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Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Manly Beach
Manly Beach

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