17 days in Australia Itinerary

17 days in Australia Itinerary

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17 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Gaya
Fly:  20​h 15​min
1
Perth
— 1 day
Fly:  6​h 15​min
2
Melbourne
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
4
Brisbane
— 2 nights
Fly + shuttle:  6​h
5
Port Douglas
— 1 night
bus:  1​h 15​min
6
Cairns
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
7
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 3 nights
Fly:  28​h
End: Gaya

1
day
Perth

Perth ©
A modern metropolis of glassy skyscrapers, waterside boulevards, and lush residential neighborhoods, Perth sits on the edge of the Swan Coastal Plain.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Thu): contemplate the waterfront views at Swan River, steep yourself in history at The Perth Mint, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Kings Park & Botanic Garden.

For ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Perth trip planning app .

Gaya, India to Perth is an approximately 20.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Gaya to Perth is 2 hours. Expect cooler temperatures when traveling from Gaya in May; daily highs in Perth reach 25°C and lows reach 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Perth

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Kings Park & Botanic Garden ©
Kings Park & Botanic Garden
Swan River ©
Swan River
The Perth Mint ©
The Perth Mint

1
night
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
On the 17th (Fri), meet the residents at Melbourne Zoo, then take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Fitzroy Gardens. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Sat): admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Victoria, then enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck 88, then see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum, and finally make a trip to Flinders Street Station.

For other places to visit, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Melbourne trip planner.

You can fly from Perth to Melbourne in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. The time zone changes from Australian Western Standard Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Victoria), which is usually a 2 hour difference. When traveling from Perth in May, plan for a bit cooler days in Melbourne, with highs around 20°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Museums Outdoors
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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, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the landmark architecture of Sydney Opera House, kick back and relax at Bondi Beach, appreciate the extensive heritage of The Rocks, and take a stroll through Darling Harbour.

To find photos and other tourist information, go to the Sydney route builder tool .

Fly from Melbourne to Sydney in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. In May, Sydney is a bit warmer than Melbourne - with highs of 24°C and lows of 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Sydney

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

2
nights
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.
On the 22nd (Wed), admire the natural beauty at Roma Street Parkland and then let little ones run wild at South Bank Parklands. Here are some ideas for day two: take some stellar pictures from Mount Coot-tha Lookout and then look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary.

For maps, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Brisbane itinerary planning site .

You can fly from Sydney to Brisbane in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in May, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Fun & Games Wildlife
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South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Mount Coot-tha Lookout ©
Mount Coot-tha Lookout

1
night
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 24th (Fri): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On the 25th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for gifts at With Sugar, then stroll through Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, then relax in the rural setting at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, and finally make a trip to St Mary’s by The Sea chapel.

To find reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Port Douglas travel route site .

You can do a combination of flight and shuttle from Brisbane to Port Douglas in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Brisbane in May; daily highs in Port Douglas reach 32°C and lows reach 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can drive to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Find places to stay May 23 — 25:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas ©
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas

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 26th (Sun), discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the natural beauty at Botanical Gardens, trek along Esplanade Boardwalk, and then enjoy some diversion at Esplanade Lagoon Pool.

For photos, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Cairns visit planning site .

You can drive from Port Douglas to Cairns in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a shuttle. May in Cairns sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
Find places to stay May 25 — 27:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk
Botanical Gardens ©
Botanical Gardens

3
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: explore the striking landscape at Uluru, explore the activities along Mutitjulu Waterhole, tour the pleasant surroundings at Kuniya Walk, and take in the pleasant sights at Field of Light.

To see maps, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park day trip planning site .

Traveling by flight from Cairns to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Cairns in May, things will get slightly colder in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park: highs are around 28°C and lows about 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Find places to stay May 27 — 30:
Highlights from your plan
Uluru ©
Uluru
Lungkata Walk ©
Lungkata Walk
Kata Tjuta ©
Kata Tjuta

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