17 days in Australia Itinerary

17 days in Australia Itinerary

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17 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Fly:  18​h 45​min
1
Melbourne
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
2
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 3 nights
Fly + shuttle:  5​h 45​min
3
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
shuttle + Fly:  7​h 30​min
4
Longreach
— 1 day
Fly:  6​h
5
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly:  17​h
End: San Francisco

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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Shrine of Remembrance and The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia. Old Melbourne Gaol and The Johnston Collection will appeal to history buffs. There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Melbourne Museum, take in the exciting artwork at Craft Victoria, admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Victoria, and get engrossed in the history at Italian Museum and Historical Society.

To see photos, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Melbourne road trip planning app .

San Francisco, USA to Melbourne is an approximately 19-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or do a combination of flight and train. You'll lose 18 hours traveling from San Francisco to Melbourne due to the time zone difference. In April, plan for daily highs up to 68°F, and evening lows to 50°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum
National Gallery of Victoria ©
National Gallery of Victoria

3
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.
Get outdoors at Uluru and Valley of the Winds. Museum-lovers will appreciate Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre and Walkatjara Art. Next up on the itinerary: explore the striking landscape at Kata Tjuta, go for a walk through Field of Light, trek along Kuniya Walk, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Uluru Hiking Path.

To see more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Melbourne in April: high temperatures in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park hover around 84°F and lows are around 58°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) early enough to travel to Port Douglas.

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
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 outdoors at Safaris and Scuba & Snorkeling. The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, stop by With Sugar, and get to know the resident critters at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas.

For traveler tips, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Port Douglas travel planner.

Do a combination of flight and shuttle from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Port Douglas in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in May, with highs in Port Douglas at 82°F and lows at 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) to allow time to travel to Longreach.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

1
day
Longreach

Longreach ©
Longreach is a town in Central West Queensland, Australia approximately 700km from the coast, west of Rockhampton. On the 4th (Sat), see the interesting displays at Australian Stockman's Hall of Fame and Outback Heritage Centre and then see the interesting displays at QANTAS Founders Museum.

For reviews, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Longreach trip planner .

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Port Douglas to Longreach takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of shuttle, flight, and bus. Traveling from Port Douglas in May, expect little chillier with lows of 56°F in Longreach. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Longreach

Museums
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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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Australian National Maritime Museum and Justice & Police Museum. Do some cultural sightseeing at The Rocks and Darling Harbour. Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Bondi Beach, get engrossed in the history at The Rocks Discovery Museum, look for gifts at DUX Collection Sydney, and take in the views from Sydney Harbour Bridge.

To find more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Sydney trip planner.

Fly from Longreach to Sydney in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Longreach in May, expect nights in Sydney to be about the same, around 54°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 70°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Museums Outdoors Parks
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Manly Beach
Manly Beach

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