17 days in Australia Itinerary

17 days in Australia Itinerary

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17 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Nairobi
Fly:  18​h 45​min
1
Perth
— 1 day
+2
Fly + foot + bus:  11​h 30​min
2
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)
— 1 night
+3
bus + foot + Fly + shuttle:  11​h 15​min
3
Port Douglas
— 1 night
bus:  1​h 15​min
4
Cairns
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
5
Melbourne
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
6
Sydney
— 5 nights
Fly:  22​h 15​min
End: Nairobi

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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Thu): explore the activities along Swan River, steep yourself in history at The Perth Mint, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Kings Park & Botanic Garden.

For traveler tips, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read our Perth journey tool .

Nairobi, Kenya to Perth is an approximately 19-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern African Time to Australian Western Standard Time is 5 hours. Traveling from Nairobi in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Perth, with lows of 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to travel to Jabiru.

Things to do in Perth

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

1
night
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) ©
Jabiru is a town in the Northern Territory of Australia. Kick off your visit on the 12th (Fri): look for all kinds of wild species at Anbangbang Billabong, explore the striking landscape at Nanguluwur Art Site, and then explore the striking landscape at Maguk Gorge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Sat): contemplate the long history of Nourlangie Rock and then delve into the distant past at Ubirr.

For photos, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Jabiru route planner .

Do a combination of flight and bus from Perth to Jabiru in 11.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Perth to Jabiru. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trip

Kakadu National Park
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Maguk Gorge ©
Maguk Gorge
Ubirr ©
Ubirr
Anbangbang Billabong ©
Anbangbang Billabong

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 14th (Sun): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Here are some ideas for day two: see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour.

To find where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Port Douglas day trip site .

Getting from Jabiru to Port Douglas by combination of bus, flight, and shuttle takes about 11.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car, flight, and shuttle; or drive. In October, daytime highs in Port Douglas are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can drive to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
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Scuba & Snorkeling
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 16th (Tue): identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas. Keep things going the next day: explore and take pictures at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures and then kick back and relax at Palm Cove Beach.

For photos, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Cairns trip itinerary maker website .

You can drive from Port Douglas to Cairns in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in October, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Palm Cove
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach

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, parks, shopping, zoos & aquariums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum, admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Victoria, and enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck 88.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Melbourne online route builder .

Traveling by flight from Cairns to Melbourne takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. While traveling from Cairns, expect a bit cooler days and colder nights in Melbourne, ranging from highs of 24°C to lows of 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums Parks Tours
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National Gallery of Victoria ©
National Gallery of Victoria
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: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, get to know the fascinating history of The Rocks, wander the streets of Darling Harbour, and admire the natural beauty at The Royal Botanic Garden.

To see reviews, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Sydney trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Sydney takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Melbourne in October, things will get a bit warmer in Sydney: highs are around 28°C and lows about 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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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

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