17 days in Australia Itinerary

17 days in Australia Itinerary

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17 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Frankfurt
Fly:  23​h
1
Cairns
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
shuttle + Fly:  5​h 45​min
3
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 1 night
+2
Fly + shuttle + bus:  6​h 30​min
4
Torquay
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Melbourne
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
6
Sydney
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
7
Leura
— 2 nights
Fly:  28​h
End: Frankfurt


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 7th (Thu), discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

To find where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read our Cairns trip site .

Frankfurt, Germany to Cairns is an approximately 23-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 9 hours traveling from Frankfurt to Cairns. Plan for much hotter temperatures traveling from Frankfurt in February, with highs in Cairns at 36°C and lows at 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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.
On the 9th (Sat), discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Here are some ideas for day two: admire all the interesting features of Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, then view the masterpieces at Des Spencer Galleries, and finally stop by With Sugar.

For where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Port Douglas road trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Cairns to Port Douglas takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. In February, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas ©
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas

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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at Kuniya Walk, contemplate the waterfront views at Mutitjulu Waterhole, then explore the striking landscape at Uluru, and finally hike along Uluru Hiking Path. On the next day, get outside with Walpa Gorge, take in the awesome beauty at Kata Tjuta, and then take an in-depth tour of Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre.

To see reviews, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park holiday maker app .

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Port Douglas to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 6 hours. Another option is to drive. Traveling from Port Douglas in February, you will find days in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park are a bit warmer (43°C), and nights are about the same (25°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to travel to Torquay.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta ©
Kata Tjuta
Kuniya Walk ©
Kuniya Walk

1
day
Torquay

Torquay
Set against the stark but scenic coastline of the Bass Strait--the body of water separating Victoria and Tasmania--Torquay is a prime location for surfing and beach life in general.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Wed): kick back and relax at Torquay Front Beach and then take a memorable drive along The Great Ocean Road.

For other places to visit, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Torquay online trip itinerary maker .

Do a combination of flight, shuttle, and bus from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Torquay in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in February; daily highs in Torquay reach 30°C and lows reach 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can go by car to Melbourne.

Things to do in Torquay

Outdoors Scenic Drive Parks
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The Great Ocean Road
The Great Ocean Road

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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Thu): take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, browse the exhibits of Shrine of Remembrance, and then get interesting insight from Melbourne Boat Hire. On the 15th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: meet the residents at Melbourne Zoo, then see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum, and then admire the striking features of Royal Exhibition Building.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Melbourne vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Torquay to Melbourne by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In February, daytime highs in Melbourne are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Outdoors Museums
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Melbourne Boat Hire ©
Melbourne Boat Hire
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum
Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk and Manly Beach. Get a sense of the local culture at Sydney Opera House and Darling Harbour. There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Bondi Beach, take in nature's colorful creations at The Royal Botanic Garden, take a stroll through The Rocks, and pause for some serene contemplation at St Phillip's Anglican church.

For where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Sydney day trip tool .

You can fly from Melbourne to Sydney in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Traveling from Melbourne in February, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Sydney, with lows around 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can go by car to Leura.

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 Beach ©
Bondi Beach

2
nights
Leura

Leura ©
Leura is a suburb in the City of Blue Mountains local government area that is located west of the Sydney central business district in New South Wales, Australia. Start off your visit on the 19th (Tue): appreciate the extensive heritage of The National Pass, take in the dramatic scenery at Wentworth Falls, explore the world behind art at Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum, then take in nature's colorful creations at Everglades Historic House and Gardens, and finally delve into the lush surroundings at Coachwood Glen Nature Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Wed): take in the awesome beauty at Perry's Lookdown.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Leura driving holiday app .

You can drive from Sydney to Leura in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. In February, daily temperatures in Leura can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Leura

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trips

Wentworth Falls, Perry's Lookdown, The National Pass, Coachwood Glen Nature Trail, Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum
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Wentworth Falls ©
Wentworth Falls
Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum ©
Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum
Everglades Historic House and Gardens ©

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