17 days in Australia Itinerary

17 days in Australia Itinerary

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17 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  25​h
1
Adelaide
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Melbourne
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Sydney
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
4
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 2 nights
Fly + shuttle:  5​h 45​min
5
Port Douglas
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Cairns
— 3 nights
Fly:  23​h 15​min
End: London

1
night
Adelaide

Adelaide exists contentedly as a cultured, diverse, and attractive city with a laid-back center, leafy residential districts, and an underlying cosmopolitan atmosphere.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Fri): awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area. Keep things going the next day: admire the natural beauty at The Cedars, then take in nature's colorful creations at Adelaide Botanic Garden, then get engrossed in the history at Migration Museum, and finally contemplate the long history of Adelaide Oval.

To see reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Adelaide visit planner .

London, UK to Adelaide is an approximately 25-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Australian Central Standard Time (South Australia) (ACST) is 9 hours. Prepare for warmer weather when traveling from London in January: high temperatures in Adelaide hover around 34°C and lows are around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Adelaide

Tours Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

The Cedars
Find places to stay Jan 18 — 19:
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Wine Tours & Tastings
The Cedars ©
The Cedars
Adelaide Botanic Garden ©
Adelaide Botanic Garden

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.
Melbourne is known for museums, parks, shopping, zoos & aquariums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, tour the water at your own pace with Melbourne Boat Hire, don't miss a visit to Flinders Street Station, and see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum.

To see maps, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Melbourne trip itinerary builder app .

You can fly from Adelaide to Melbourne in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. January in Melbourne sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) to allow time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Museums Outdoors
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Melbourne Boat Hire ©
Melbourne Boat Hire
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
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: don't miss a visit to Sydney Opera House, stroll through Bondi Beach, hike along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, and wander the streets of Darling Harbour.

Plan trip to Sydney with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

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 January, Sydney is a bit warmer at night with lows of 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Find places to stay Jan 22 — 26:
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
The Royal Botanic Garden ©
The Royal Botanic Garden
The Rocks ©
The Rocks

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 27th (Sun): hike along Kuniya Walk, contemplate the waterfront views at Mutitjulu Waterhole, then admire all the interesting features of Uluru, and finally stroll through Uluru Hiking Path. On the 28th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get engrossed in the history at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, then take in the exciting artwork at Walkatjara Art, then take in the awesome beauty at Kata Tjuta, and finally get outside with Walpa Gorge.

To find out how to plan a trip to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, use our trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Sydney to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive. Traveling from Sydney in January, you will find days in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park are a bit warmer (43°C), and nights are about the same (26°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) early enough to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Find places to stay Jan 26 — 28:
Highlights from your plan
Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta ©
Kata Tjuta
Mutitjulu Waterhole ©
Mutitjulu Waterhole

1
day
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 29th (Tue): get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For ratings, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, use the Port Douglas trip website .

You can do a combination of flight and shuttle from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Port Douglas in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in January: highs in Port Douglas hover around 37°C, while lows dip to 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) so you can go by car to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Tours Adventure
Find places to stay Jan 28 — 29:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling

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.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Wed): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Keep things going the next day: have fun at Esplanade Lagoon Pool, then take in the dramatic scenery at Josephine Falls, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Esplanade Boardwalk.

To find photos, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, use the Cairns route planner .

You can drive from Port Douglas to Cairns in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. In January, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 28°C. On the 1st (Fri), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
Find places to stay Jan 29 — Feb 1:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk
Esplanade Lagoon Pool ©
Esplanade Lagoon Pool

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