17 days in Australia Itinerary

17 days in Australia Itinerary

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17 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Atlanta
Fly:  23​h 30​min
1
Sydney
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 30​min
2
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 2 nights
Fly + taxi:  2​h
3
Alice Springs
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:  9​h 30​min
4
Margaret River
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  8​h 45​min
5
Broome
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 45​min
6
Darwin
— 2 nights
Fly + shuttle:  5​h 15​min
7
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
8
Cairns
— 2 nights
Fly:  27​h
End: Atlanta

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): kick back and relax at Shelly Beach and then wander the streets of The Rocks. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Bondi Beach, then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and then admire the landmark architecture of Sydney Opera House.

To see ratings, photos, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Sydney online travel planner .

Atlanta, USA to Sydney is an approximately 23.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight and train. You'll lose 15 hours traveling from Atlanta to Sydney due to the time zone difference. Expect colder temperatures when traveling from Atlanta in June; daily highs in Sydney reach 65°F and lows reach 50°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Shelly Beach
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Shelly Beach ©
Shelly Beach

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 5th (Wed), stroll through Uluru Hiking Path, take in the exciting artwork at Walkatjara Art, get engrossed in the history 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. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Thu): appreciate the views at Valley of the Winds, then take in the dramatic natural features at Kata Tjuta, and then get outside with Walpa Gorge.

To find ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park visit planner.

Getting from Sydney to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive. Traveling from Sydney in June, plan for little chillier nights in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, with lows around 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to travel to Alice Springs.

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
Valley of the Winds ©
Valley of the Winds

2
nights
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 7th (Fri), head outdoors with Simpsons Gap, then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Ochre Pits, and then make a trip to Ormiston Gorge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Sat): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Finke Gorge National Park.

For traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Alice Springs trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Alice Springs takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In June, daytime highs in Alice Springs are 68°F, while nighttime lows are 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to travel to Margaret River.

Things to do in Alice Springs

Nature Parks Outdoors
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Finke Gorge National Park ©
Finke Gorge National Park
Ochre Pits ©
Ochre Pits
Simpsons Gap ©
Simpsons Gap

2
nights
Margaret River

Margaret River ©
A low-rise, laid-back town of approximately 4,500 inhabitants, Margaret River serves as an ideal local base to explore the surrounding wine region.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sun): kick back and relax at Surfers Point, then learn about winemaking at Brookwood Estate, then explore the striking landscape at Sugarloaf Rock, and finally explore the activities along Bunker Bay. On your second day here, kick back and relax at Margaret River Mouth Beach and then identify plant and animal life at Eagles Heritage Wildlife Centre.

For reviews, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Margaret River visit planner .

Getting from Alice Springs to Margaret River by combination of flight and bus takes about 9.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Alice Springs to Margaret River due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Broome.

Things to do in Margaret River

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Dunsborough, Brookwood Estate, Surfers Point
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Surfers Point ©
Surfers Point
Sugarloaf Rock ©
Sugarloaf Rock
Bunker Bay ©
Bunker Bay

1
night
Broome

Broome ©
A relaxed town of tree-shaded streets and scenic coastal stretches, Broome gained renown as a center of the pearling industry in the late 19th century.
On the 11th (Tue), kick back and relax at Reddell Beach, stroll through Cable Beach, and then see the interesting displays at SSJG Heritage Centre.

To find reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Broome trip itinerary maker app .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Margaret River to Broome takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. June in Broome sees daily highs of 86°F and lows of 61°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to travel to Darwin.

Things to do in Broome

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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Reddell Beach ©
Reddell Beach
Cable Beach ©
Cable Beach
SSJG Heritage Centre ©
SSJG Heritage Centre

2
nights
Darwin

Darwin ©
The smallest of Australia’s state capitals, Darwin has nevertheless become an attractive and important urban center, being simultaneously one of the country’s most modernized cities and a gateway to both the Top End region and South East Asia.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Wed): choose your vessel at Spirit of Darwin, then take an in-depth tour of RFDS Darwin Tourist Facility, then enjoy the sand and surf at Mindil Beach, and finally witness a stunning natural landmark at Tjuwaliyn (Douglas) Hot Springs Park. Here are some ideas for day two: identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Cathedral, and then identify plant and animal life at Casuarina Coastal Reserve.

To find maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Darwin trip builder site .

Traveling by flight from Broome to Darwin takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Australian Western Standard Time (AWST) to Australian Central Standard Time (Northern Territory) (ACST) is 1 hour. Traveling from Broome in June, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Darwin, with lows of 70°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Darwin

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Tjuwaliyn (Douglas) Hot Springs Park
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Mindil Beach ©
Mindil Beach
RFDS Darwin Tourist Facility ©
RFDS Darwin Tourist Facility
Safaris

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 14th (Fri): take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stop by With Sugar, enjoy the sand and surf at Four Mile Beach, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, and finally tour in harmony with nature at Eco Tours.

To see more things to do and more tourist information, you can read our Port Douglas trip itinerary planning site .

You can do a combination of flight and shuttle from Darwin to Port Douglas in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In June, Port Douglas is slightly colder than Darwin - with highs of 79°F and lows of 65°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can go by car to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Photography Tours
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Photography Tours
Four Mile Beach ©
Four Mile Beach

2
nights
Cairns

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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Sun): take in the dramatic scenery at Josephine Falls, admire the sheer force of Crystal Cascades, then learn about all things military at The Australian Armour & Artillery Museum, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Palm Cove Beach. Keep things going the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas.

For more things to do, maps, reviews, and tourist information, use the Cairns trip planner.

You can drive from Port Douglas to Cairns in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a shuttle. In June, plan for daily highs up to 79°F, and evening lows to 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Palm Cove Beach, Crystal Cascades
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Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Josephine Falls ©
Josephine Falls

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