17 days in Australia Itinerary

17 days in Australia Itinerary

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17 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg
Fly:  17​h 30​min
1
Melbourne
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly + shuttle:  6​h 45​min
3
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
4
Cairns
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
5
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 2 nights
Fly:  9​h 15​min
6
Perth
— 2 nights
Fly:  12​h 45​min
End: Johannesburg

3
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
When in Melbourne, make a side trip to see The Great Ocean Road in Torquay, approximately 1h 35 min away. There's much more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, get a sense of history and politics at Parliament House of Victoria, pause for some serene contemplation at St Joseph's Church, and browse the collection at State Library Victoria.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Melbourne online travel route planner .

Johannesburg, South Africa to Melbourne is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference moving from South Africa Standard Time (SAST) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Victoria) (AEST) is 8 hours. In December, Melbourne is little chillier than Johannesburg - with highs of 30°C and lows of 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Scenic Drive Outdoors

Side Trip

The Great Ocean Road
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Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum

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, shopping, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Sydney Opera House, take in the views from Sydney Harbour Bridge, wander the streets of Darling Harbour, and take in the dramatic natural features at Mrs Macquarie's Chair.

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You can fly from Melbourne to Sydney in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Traveling from Melbourne in December, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 21°C in Sydney. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Neighborhoods Outdoors
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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

2
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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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Wed): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, get great views at Flagstaff Hill Lookout, then take an exotic tour of a safari tour, and finally stop by With Sugar. On the next day, meet the residents at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, then look for all kinds of wild species at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, and then make a trip to St Mary’s by The Sea chapel.

To see photos, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read our Port Douglas online trip planner .

Do a combination of flight and shuttle from Sydney to Port Douglas in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Sydney in December: high temperatures in Port Douglas hover around 36°C and lows are around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can take a bus to Cairns.

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
Safaris

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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Fri): take a leisurely stroll along The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On the next day, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour and then hike along Esplanade Boardwalk.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read Cairns trip itinerary maker tool .

Take a bus from Port Douglas to Cairns in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In December in Cairns, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 26°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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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 29th (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Kuniya Walk, make a trip to Uluru, explore the activities along Mutitjulu Waterhole, then explore the striking landscape at Uluru, and finally get engrossed in the history at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre. On your second day here, view the masterpieces at Walkatjara Art, take in the awesome beauty at Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga, and then appreciate the views at Valley of the Winds.

To see maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park visit site .

You can fly from Cairns to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 5 hours. Another option is to drive. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Cairns in December: highs in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park hover around 42°C, while lows dip to 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to travel to Perth.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Museums
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Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga ©
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga
Mutitjulu Waterhole ©
Mutitjulu Waterhole

2
nights
Perth

Perth ©
A modern metropolis of glassy skyscrapers, waterside boulevards, and lush residential neighborhoods, Perth sits on the edge of the Swan Coastal Plain.
Step out of Perth to go to Fremantle and see Fremantle Prison, which is approximately 32 minutes away. There's much more to do: walk around Kings Park and Botanic Garden, get your game on at Elizabeth Quay Carousel, steep yourself in history at The Perth Mint, and savor the flavors at Food & Drink.

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You can fly from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Perth in 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Perth is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in December, expect Perth to be little chillier, temps between 35°C and 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Perth

Parks Tours Historic Sites

Side Trip

Fremantle Prison
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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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