17 days in Australia Itinerary

17 days in Australia Itinerary

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17 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Los Angeles
Fly:  16​h 45​min
1
Cairns
— 1 night
bus:  1​h 15​min
2
Port Douglas
— 3 nights
shuttle + Fly:  5​h 45​min
3
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 45​min
4
Melbourne
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
5
Sydney
— 5 nights
Fly:  17​h 45​min
End: Los Angeles

1
night
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 31st (Thu): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Fri): look for all kinds of wild species at The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk, enjoy some diversion at Esplanade Lagoon Pool, then take in the exciting artwork at Bones and Jones, and finally hike along Esplanade Boardwalk.

To find other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Cairns day trip site .

Los Angeles, USA to Cairns is an approximately 17-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) (AEST) is 18 hours. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Los Angeles in January: highs in Cairns hover around 89°F, while lows dip to 75°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) so you can drive to Port Douglas.

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
Esplanade Lagoon Pool ©
Esplanade Lagoon Pool

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.
Spend the 2nd (Sat) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 3rd (Sun) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. The adventure continues: experience rural life at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, browse the exhibits of Des Spencer Galleries, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, and look for gifts at With Sugar.

To find where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Port Douglas vacation maker tool .

You can drive from Cairns to Port Douglas in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. In February, daily temperatures in Port Douglas can reach 88°F, while at night they dip to 75°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

1
night
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 5th (Tue): take in the exciting artwork at Walkatjara Art, get your bearings at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, then hike along Kuniya Walk, then explore the activities along Mutitjulu Waterhole, and finally explore and take pictures at Uluru. On the next day, get outside with Walpa Gorge, then take in the awesome beauty at Kata Tjuta, and then don't miss a visit to Field of Light.

To see more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park day trip site .

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Port Douglas to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. While traveling from Port Douglas, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, ranging from highs of 98°F to lows of 71°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

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

2
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, zoos & aquariums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, make a trip to Flinders Street Station, see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum, and enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck 88.

To see reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Melbourne attractions tool .

Getting from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Melbourne by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive. Traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in February, expect Melbourne to be slightly colder, temps between 81°F and 57°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums Parks Historic Sites
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Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo

5
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 striking features of Sydney Opera House, kick back and relax at Bondi Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Manly Beach, and examine the collection at Australian National Maritime Museum.

For where to stay, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read Sydney driving holiday planner .

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 February, Sydney is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney ©
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney

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