17 days in Australia Itinerary

17 days in Australia Itinerary

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17 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Jeddah
Fly:  20​h 45​min
1
Melbourne
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Canberra
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Sydney
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + taxi + bus:  5​h 45​min
4
Airlie Beach
— 1 night
+2
ferry + foot + Fly:  4​h 45​min
5
Cairns
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
6
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
shuttle + Fly:  5​h 45​min
7
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  31​h
End: Jeddah

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.
Get some cultural insight at Melbourne Museum and Shrine of Remembrance. Museum-lovers will get to explore National Gallery of Victoria and Immigration Museum. There's lots more to do: examine the collection at The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia, take a tour by water with Melbourne Boat Hire, take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, and take an in-depth tour of Museum of Chinese Australian History Inc..

For reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Melbourne vacation planning app .

Jeddah, Saudi Arabia to Melbourne is an approximately 21-hour flight. You'll lose 7 hours traveling from Jeddah to Melbourne due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Jeddah in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Melbourne, with lows of 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Canberra.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums Parks Zoos & Aquariums
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Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum
Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance
National Gallery of Victoria ©
National Gallery of Victoria

1
night
Canberra

Canberra ©
A planned city with streets laid out in elaborate, geometric patterns and founded specifically to serve as the capital of the emerging Australian state, Canberra has a self-sufficient atmosphere.
On the 30th (Wed), take an in-depth tour of Australian War Memorial, then view the masterpieces at Scott Leggo Gallery, then admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Australia, and finally engage your brain at Questacon.

To find maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Canberra vacation website .

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Canberra takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in January, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Sydney.

Things to do in Canberra

Museums Childrens Museums Shopping
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Australian War Memorial ©
Australian War Memorial
National Gallery of Australia ©
National Gallery of Australia
Questacon ©
Questacon

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.
Get some cultural insight at Australian National Maritime Museum and Art Gallery of New South Wales. Get outdoors at Bondi Beach and Manly Beach. Next up on the itinerary: hike along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, kick back and relax at Coogee Beach, explore the world behind art at Australian Centre for Photography, and snap pictures at Sydney Harbour Bridge.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Sydney trip itinerary builder tool .

You can drive from Canberra to Sydney in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Canberra in January since evenings lows in Sydney dip to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) to allow time to travel to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk
The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Australian National Maritime Museum ©

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Sun): get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Airlie Beach trip builder website .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Sydney to Airlie Beach takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and ferry; or drive. Traveling from Sydney in February, plan for a bit warmer nights in Airlie Beach, with lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Scuba & Snorkeling

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Mon): get interesting insight from Tours. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To see traveler tips, maps, reviews, and tourist information, use the Cairns online sightseeing planner .

You can do a combination of ferry and flight from Airlie Beach to Cairns in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In February in Cairns, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can drive to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Wed): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Thu): see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour.

To find ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Port Douglas trip maker site .

Traveling by car from Cairns to Port Douglas takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. In February, daily temperatures in Port Douglas can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris

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 8th (Fri): trek along Kuniya Walk, contemplate the waterfront views at Mutitjulu Waterhole, then explore the striking landscape at Uluru, then get engrossed in the history at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Uluru Hiking Path. Keep things going the next day: take in the exciting artwork at Walkatjara Art, then take in the pleasant sights at Field of Light, then explore the striking landscape at Kata Tjuta, and finally get outside with Walpa Gorge.

To see other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park road trip planning 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 9th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

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
Kuniya Walk ©
Kuniya Walk

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