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:  6​h
3
Brisbane
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 45​min
4
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
5
Melbourne
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
6
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 2 nights
Fly:  9​h 15​min
7
Perth
— 1 night
Fly:  22​h 30​min
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.
On the 20th (Fri), discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy some diversion at Esplanade Lagoon Pool, then hike along Esplanade Boardwalk, then admire the natural beauty at Botanical Gardens, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Palm Cove Beach.

For photos, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Cairns online visit planner .

Milan, Italy to Cairns is an approximately 23-hour flight. You'll lose 9 hours traveling from Milan to Cairns due to the time zone difference. In December, Cairns is warmer than Milan - with highs of 36°C and lows of 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) to allow time to take a bus to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Palm Cove Beach
Find places to stay Dec 19 — 21:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk
Esplanade Lagoon Pool ©
Esplanade Lagoon Pool

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas. Here are some ideas for day two: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Port Douglas trip itinerary planner.

Take a bus from Cairns to Port Douglas in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In December, daily temperatures in Port Douglas can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
Find places to stay Dec 21 — 23:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris

1
night
Brisbane

Brisbane ©
Queensland’s biggest town and state capital, Brisbane has an attractive, manicured image based around its riverside aesthetic as well as the contrast between its high-rise center and extensive urban greenery.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Tue): look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, then get your game on at South Bank Parklands, and then take in nature's colorful creations at City Botanic Gardens.

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Getting from Port Douglas to Brisbane by combination of shuttle and flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle, flight, and bus; or drive. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Port Douglas in December; daily highs in Brisbane reach 32°C and lows reach 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Wildlife
Find places to stay Dec 23 — 24:
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South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
City Botanic Gardens ©
City Botanic Gardens

3
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: see a show at Sydney Opera House, wander the streets of Darling Harbour, hike along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, and take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney.

To see reviews, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Sydney trip itinerary builder site .

You can fly from Brisbane to Sydney in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In December, daytime highs in Sydney are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

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

2
nights
Melbourne

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Sat): learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Melbourne Zoo, then see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum, then explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Victoria, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck 88. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Sun): get interesting insight from Tours, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Royal Botanic Gardens, then brush up on your military savvy at Shrine of Remembrance, and finally get your game on at Zero Latency.

To see other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Melbourne travel route app .

Getting from Sydney to Melbourne by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Sydney in December, expect slightly colder with lows of 14°C in Melbourne. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums Parks Outdoors
Find places to stay Dec 27 — 29:
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Balloon Rides
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo

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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Mon): admire the verdant scenery at Valley of the Winds, get great views at Uluru, then take in the dramatic natural features at Uluru, and finally trek along Kuniya Walk. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: head outdoors with Walpa Gorge, take in the awesome beauty at Kata Tjuta, then contemplate the waterfront views at Mutitjulu Waterhole, then take in the exciting artwork at Walkatjara Art, and finally get answers to all your questions at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre.

For other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park sightseeing planning website .

You can fly from Melbourne to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Melbourne in December, with highs in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park at 42°C and lows at 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can travel to Perth.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Find places to stay Dec 29 — 31:
Highlights from your plan
Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga ©
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga
Mutitjulu Waterhole ©
Mutitjulu Waterhole

1
night
Perth

Perth ©
A modern metropolis of glassy skyscrapers, waterside boulevards, and lush residential neighborhoods, Perth sits on the edge of the Swan Coastal Plain.
On the 1st (Wed), contemplate the waterfront views at Swan River, then appreciate the history behind Kings Park War Memorial, and then admire the natural beauty at Kings Park & Botanic Garden. On the 2nd (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the activities along Lake Claremont, explore the galleries of Fremantle Prison, admire the masterpieces at Art Gallery of Western Australia, then see the interesting displays at The Nostalgia Box Museum, and finally steep yourself in history at The Perth Mint.

To find more things to do, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Perth vacation planning app .

You can fly from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Perth in 9.5 hours. Another option is to drive. The time zone difference moving from Australian Central Standard Time (Northern Territory) to Australian Western Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in January, things will get little chillier in Perth: highs are around 38°C and lows about 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Perth

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trips

Lake Claremont, Fremantle Prison
Find places to stay Dec 31 — Jan 2:
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Kings Park and Botanic Garden ©
Kings Park and Botanic Garden
Fremantle Prison ©
Fremantle Prison
Swan River ©
Swan River

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