17 days in Australia Itinerary

17 days in Australia Itinerary

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17 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Milan
Fly:  23​h
1
Cairns
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
2
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
shuttle + Fly:  5​h 45​min
3
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
4
Melbourne
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
5
Sydney
— 4 nights
Fly:  25​h
End: Milan

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Fri): explore the striking landscape at Earl Hill. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Sat): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Cairns holiday app .

Milan, Italy to Cairns is an approximately 23-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central European Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland), which is usually a 9 hour difference. Traveling from Milan in August, expect nights in Cairns to be about the same, around 20°C, while days are little chillier, around 31°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to catcht the bus to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Earl Hill
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk
Botanical Gardens ©
Botanical Gardens

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Mon): identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas. Keep things going the next day: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, then look for all kinds of wild species at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, and then don't miss a visit to St Mary’s by The Sea chapel.

To find photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read Port Douglas trip planner .

You can take a bus from Cairns to Port Douglas in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In August, daytime highs in Port Douglas are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas ©
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas

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.
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is known for nature, museums, outdoors, trails, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Uluru, admire the verdant scenery at Valley of the Winds, head outdoors with Walpa Gorge, and get great views at Uluru.

For other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park tour 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 August, expect nights in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to be much colder, around 6°C, while days are little chillier, around 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta ©
Kata Tjuta
Valley of the Winds ©
Valley of the Winds

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nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Melbourne is known for museums, shopping, parks, nightlife, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore and take pictures at Royal Botanic Gardens, see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum, admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Victoria, and learn about all things military at Shrine of Remembrance.

To find more things to do, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read Melbourne trip planner .

You can fly from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Melbourne in 5 hours. Another option is to drive. While traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Melbourne, ranging from highs of 16°C to lows of 6°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Tours Museums Parks
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Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo

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: admire the landmark architecture of Sydney Opera House, enjoy the sand and surf at Manly Beach, stroll through Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, and get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium.

To find more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Sydney trip builder website .

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Sydney takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Melbourne in August; daily highs in Sydney reach 22°C and lows reach 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

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
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge

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