17 days in Australia Itinerary

17 days in Australia Itinerary

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17 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Birmingham
Drive + Fly:  27​h
1
Cairns
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 45​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
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
5
Albany
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  9​h 30​min
6
Pakenham
— 1 day
Drive + Fly:  4​h 45​min
7
Sydney
— 4 nights
Fly + Drive:  23​h 45​min
End: Birmingham

1
night
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 19th (Wed): identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas. On your second day here, identify plant and animal life at Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Trinity Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Palm Cove Beach.

For ratings, photos, maps, and more tourist information, use the Cairns road trip planning website .

Birmingham, USA to Cairns is an approximately 27-hour combination of car and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Birmingham to Cairns, you'll lose 16 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Birmingham in May, plan for a bit warmer nights in Cairns, with lows around 69°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, Trinity Beach, Palm Cove Beach
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove 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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Fri): take some stellar pictures from Uluru, appreciate the views at Valley of the Winds, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Kata Tjuta. Here are some ideas for day two: trek along Uluru Hiking Path, view the masterpieces at Walkatjara Art, take an in-depth tour of Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, then take in the dramatic natural features at Uluru, and finally hike along Kuniya Walk.

To find ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park travel itinerary planner .

You can fly from Cairns to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 5 hours. Another option is to drive. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Cairns in May, with highs in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park at 76°F and lows at 51°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can travel to Alice Springs.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

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

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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): identify plant and animal life at The Emily and Jessie Gaps Nature Park, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Emily Gap, then look for all kinds of wild species at Alice Springs Reptile Centre, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Alice Springs Desert Park. Here are some ideas for day two: get engrossed in the history at Alice Springs School of the Air Visitor Centre, then steep yourself in history at Alice Springs Telegraph Station Historical Reserve, then take some stellar pictures from Anzac Hill, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at The Kangaroo Sanctuary.

To find photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Alice Springs trip planner .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Alice Springs in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. May in Alice Springs sees daily highs of 76°F and lows of 47°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Margaret River.

Things to do in Alice Springs

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites
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Alice Springs Reptile Centre ©
Alice Springs Reptile Centre
The Kangaroo Sanctuary ©
The Kangaroo Sanctuary
Alice Springs Desert Park ©
Alice Springs Desert Park

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Tue): enjoy the sea views from Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse, explore the fascinating underground world of Jewel Cave, then explore the fascinating underground world of Lake Cave, then explore the fascinating underground world of Mammoth Cave, and finally do a tasting at McHenry Hohnen Vintners. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at Cowaramup Bay, Head underground at Ngilgi Cave, then enjoy the sand and surf at Meelup Beach, and finally do a tasting at Hay Shed Hill, The Cellar.

To find where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Margaret River trip planner .

Do a combination of flight and bus from Alice Springs to Margaret River in 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can 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 on the 26th (Wed) early enough to drive to Albany.

Things to do in Margaret River

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Augusta, Boranup, Meelup Beach, Hay Shed Hill, The Cellar, Cowaramup Bay
Find places to stay May 24 — 26:
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Lake Cave ©
Lake Cave
Meelup Beach ©
Meelup Beach
Mammoth Cave ©
Mammoth Cave

2
nights
Albany

Albany ©
Founded as a military outpost in 1826, Albany is the oldest town in Western Australia, just barely gaining this title by being settled two years earlier than Fremantle and Perth.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Little Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Middleton Beach, then take in the dramatic natural features at The Gap and Natural Bridge, and finally view the masterpieces at Blush Retail Gallery. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at National Anzac Centre, learn about winemaking at Forest Hill Vineyard, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Greens Pool.

For photos, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Albany tour itinerary planning site .

Drive from Margaret River to Albany in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. In May, daily temperatures in Albany can reach 66°F, while at night they dip to 48°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Albany

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Denmark
Find places to stay May 26 — 28:
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Little Beach ©
Little Beach
Greens Pool ©
Greens Pool
Middleton Beach ©
Middleton Beach

1
day
Pakenham

Pakenham ©
Pakenham is a satellite suburb of Melbourne on the edge of the West Gippsland region of Victoria, Australia, 56km south-east of Melbourne's Central Business District, located within the Shire of Cardinia local government area. On the 29th (Sat), brush up on your military savvy at The Light Horse & Field Artillery Museum, then learn about winemaking at D'Angelo Estate Vineyard, and then tee off at Cardinia Beaconhills Golf Links.

To find traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Pakenham day trip planning tool .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Albany to Pakenham. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Albany to Pakenham due to the time zone difference. May in Pakenham sees daily highs of 63°F and lows of 48°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Pakenham

Golf Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

D'Angelo Estate Vineyard, Cardinia Beaconhills Golf Links, The Light Horse & Field Artillery Museum
Find places to stay May 29 — 30:
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Cardinia Beaconhills Golf Links ©
Cardinia Beaconhills Golf Links
D'Angelo Estate Vineyard ©
D'Angelo Estate Vineyard

4
nights
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Wentworth Falls and Canyoning & Rappelling Tours. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Bondi Beach and Manly Beach. There's lots more to do: wander the streets of Darling Harbour, race across the water with a speed boat tour, take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, and hike along The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk.

To find ratings, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Sydney driving holiday planner .

Explore your travel options from Pakenham to Sydney with the Route module. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Pakenham in May, with highs in Sydney at 70°F and lows at 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Katoomba
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Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House

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