17 days in Australia Itinerary

17 days in Australia Itinerary

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17 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Coimbatore
Fly:  17​h 30​min
1
Cairns
— 1 night
bus:  1​h 15​min
2
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
shuttle + Fly:  5​h 15​min
3
Alice Springs
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  2​h
4
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
5
Brisbane
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
6
Gold Coast
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 30​min
7
Sydney
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
8
Melbourne
— 3 nights
Fly:  14​h 15​min
End: Coimbatore

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.
On the 11th (Mon), take a memorable tour with Tours. On the 12th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy some diversion at Esplanade Lagoon Pool, trek along Esplanade Boardwalk, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Gardens.

To find where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Cairns visit planner .

Coimbatore, India to Cairns is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train, bus, and flight. The time zone changes from India Standard Time (IST) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) (AEST), which is usually a 4 hour difference. In November, daytime highs in Cairns are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can drive to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Wed): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour.

To find traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Port Douglas route builder app .

Getting from Cairns to Port Douglas by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in November, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Alice Springs.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris

1
night
Alice Springs

Alice Springs ©
Situated right in the heart of Australia, Alice Springs serves as an urban oasis deep within the country’s parched, desert-like Red Center.
On the 15th (Fri), take in the local highlights with Walking tours, look for all kinds of wild species at The Kangaroo Sanctuary, and then take in the awesome beauty at Mount Gillen.

For maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Alice Springs holiday planner .

Do a combination of shuttle and flight from Port Douglas to Alice Springs in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Port Douglas in November, you will find days in Alice Springs are a bit warmer (40°C), and nights are slightly colder (21°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Alice Springs

Tours Parks Wildlife
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The Kangaroo Sanctuary ©
The Kangaroo Sanctuary
Walking tours
Mount Gillen ©
Mount Gillen

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.
On the 16th (Sat), browse the exhibits of Walkatjara Art, get answers to all your questions at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, then trek along Kuniya Walk, then contemplate the waterfront views at Mutitjulu Waterhole, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Uluru. On the 17th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: head outdoors with Walpa Gorge, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Kata Tjuta, and then make a trip to Uluru.

To see traveler tips, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read our Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park online trip planner .

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Alice Springs to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In November, plan for daily highs up to 41°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to travel to Gold Coast.

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
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 18th (Mon): take in nature's colorful creations at Roma Street Parkland and then get your game on at South Bank Parklands. On your second day here, look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, get great views at Mount Coot-tha Lookout, and then get in on the family fun at Wheel of Brisbane.

For ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Brisbane trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Brisbane takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. When traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in November, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Brisbane: temperatures range from 31°C by day to 21°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Wildlife Theme Parks
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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
Gold Coast

Gold Coast ©
A city of towering skyscrapers, sandy beaches, and tree-lined streets, Gold Coast has an unpretentious air complemented by a citywide focus on sports and the arts.
On the 20th (Wed), observe the fascinating underwater world at Sea World Theme Park. Here are some ideas for day two: get in on the family fun at Warner Bros. Movie World, tour the pleasant surroundings at Surfers Paradise Beach, and then get in on the family fun at Infinity Attraction.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read Gold Coast trip maker tool .

Getting from Brisbane to Gold Coast by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. November in Gold Coast sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Theme Parks Parks Zoos & Aquariums
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Sea World Theme Park ©
Sea World Theme Park
Warner Bros. Movie World
Warner Bros. Movie World
Surfers Paradise Beach ©
Surfers Paradise Beach

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): explore the world behind art at Art Gallery of New South Wales, enjoy the sand and surf at Bondi Beach, then take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, and finally take a stroll through The Rocks. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to Sydney Opera House, trek along The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk, then don't miss a visit to Sydney Harbour Bridge, and finally take a stroll through Darling Harbour.

To find maps, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Sydney trip itinerary app .

Fly from Gold Coast to Sydney in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In November, daytime highs in Sydney are 29°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Neighborhoods Parks 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

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, shopping, parks, nightlife, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Royal Botanic Gardens, have some family-friendly fun at Zero Latency, steep yourself in history at Parliament House of Victoria, and stroll through Melbourne Zoo.

To see maps, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Melbourne road trip planner .

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 November, Melbourne is slightly colder at night with lows of 11°C. On the 26th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums Parks Zoos & Aquariums
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Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo

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