17 days in Australia Itinerary

17 days in Australia Itinerary

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17 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Fly + shuttle:  25​h
1
Port Douglas
— 3 nights
shuttle + Fly:  5​h 45​min
2
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
3
Melbourne
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
4
Sydney
— 5 nights
Fly:  17​h
End: San Francisco

3
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Safaris and Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas. Spend the 24th (Wed) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's lots more to do: admire all the interesting features of Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, stop by Coffee Works Port Douglas, identify plant and animal life at Opal Reef, and take in the exciting artwork at Des Spencer Galleries.

To see other places to visit, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Port Douglas journey planning app .

San Francisco, USA to Port Douglas is an approximately 25-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also do a combination of flight, car, and ferry. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland), which is usually a 18 hour difference. Traveling from San Francisco in April, things will get somewhat warmer in Port Douglas: highs are around 85°F and lows about 71°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, Mossman Gorge
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

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.
Get in touch with nature at Uluru and Valley of the Winds. Get some cultural insight at Kata Tjuta and Kuniya Walk. There's much more to do: get engrossed in the history at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, trek along Uluru Hiking Path, take in the pleasant sights at Lungkata Walk, and don't miss a visit to Field of Light.

To find photos, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip itinerary builder website .

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Port Douglas to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Port Douglas in April, plan for little chillier nights in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, with lows around 58°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta ©
Kata Tjuta
Valley of the Winds ©
Valley of the Winds

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.
Appreciate the collections at Shrine of Remembrance and National Gallery of Victoria. Melbourne Museum and The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's lots more to do: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck 88, explore the world behind art at The Johnston Collection, and steep yourself in history at Old Melbourne Gaol.

To see reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Melbourne online road trip planner .

You can fly from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Melbourne in 5 hours. Another option is to drive. Traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in May, things will get a bit cooler in Melbourne: highs are around 63°F and lows about 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums Parks Historic Sites
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Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum

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.
You'll explore and learn at Australian National Maritime Museum and White Rabbit Gallery. Get a sense of the local culture at The Rocks and Art Gallery of New South Wales. Explore Sydney's surroundings by going to Wentworth Falls (in Katoomba) and Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum (in Faulconbridge). There's lots more to do: wander the streets of Darling Harbour, enjoy the sand and surf at Bondi Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Manly Beach, and meet the residents at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium.

To find more things to do, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Sydney online driving holiday planner .

You can fly from Melbourne to Sydney in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Melbourne in May, with highs in Sydney at 70°F and lows at 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum, Wentworth Falls
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The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Australian National Maritime Museum ©
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach

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