17 days in Australia Itinerary

17 days in Australia Itinerary

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17 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Newark
Fly:  27​h
1
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
2
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 3 nights
Fly + shuttle:  5​h 45​min
3
Port Douglas
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
4
Cairns
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + foot + ferry:  4​h 45​min
5
Airlie Beach
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  27​h
End: Newark

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.
Visit Bondi Beach and Manly Beach for some beach relaxation. Get in touch with nature at Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk and The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk. There's much more to do: see a show at Sydney Opera House, appreciate the extensive heritage of The Rocks, take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, and enjoy the sand and surf at Maroubra Beach Rocky Climb.

To find reviews, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, use the Sydney route maker .

Newark, USA to Sydney is an approximately 27-hour flight. Traveling from Newark to Sydney, you'll lose 15 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Newark in October, things will get somewhat warmer in Sydney: highs are around 76°F and lows about 59°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Manly Beach
Manly Beach

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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.
Get some cultural insight at Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga and Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre. Step out of the city life by going to Uluru and Walpa Gorge. And it doesn't end there: admire the verdant scenery at Valley of the Winds, take in the exciting artwork at Walkatjara Art, hike along Kuniya Walk, and stroll through Uluru Hiking Path.

To see reviews, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip planner .

You can fly from Sydney to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Sydney in October: highs in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park hover around 91°F, while lows dip to 60°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga ©
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga
Uluru ©
Uluru
Valley of the Winds ©
Valley of the Winds

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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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery and Ngarru Gallery. Get outdoors at Scuba & Snorkeling and Safaris. Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, look for gifts at With Sugar, stroll through Four Mile Beach, and head outdoors with Horses in Port.

To see where to stay, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read Port Douglas sightseeing planning site .

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Port Douglas takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in October, you will find days in Port Douglas are little chillier (85°F), and nights are a bit warmer (68°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to take a bus to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery, Mossman Gorge Centre
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

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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.
Step out of the city life by going to Scuba & Snorkeling and Nature & Wildlife Tours. You'll get in some beach time at Palm Cove Beach and Trinity Beach. There's still lots to do: hike along Esplanade Boardwalk, explore and take pictures at Earl Hill, and take in the waterfront at The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk.

For other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Cairns trip itinerary site .

Take a bus from Port Douglas to Cairns in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In October in Cairns, expect temperatures between 85°F during the day and 69°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to travel to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Trinity Beach, The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk, Palm Cove Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk

2
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Airlie Beach

Very much a town with an emphasis on the tropical lifestyle, Airlie Beach offers exotic surroundings with palm trees and charming, sandy beaches.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Sun): kick back and relax at Airlie Beach Lagoon and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Airlie Beach trip planning website .

You can do a combination of flight and ferry from Cairns to Airlie Beach in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. While traveling from Cairns, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Airlie Beach, ranging from highs of 79°F to lows of 70°F. You will leave for home on the 28th (Mon).

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Airlie Beach Lagoon ©
Airlie Beach Lagoon

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