17 days in Australia Itinerary

17 days in Australia Itinerary

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17 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Kuala Lumpur
Fly:  10​h 30​min
1
Broome
— 1 night
Fly + bus:  8​h 45​min
2
Margaret River
— 1 night
bus + Fly:  9​h 30​min
3
Alice Springs
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  2​h
4
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
5
Sydney
— 1 night
Fly + shuttle:  6​h 45​min
6
Port Douglas
— 1 night
bus:  1​h 15​min
7
Cairns
— 3 nights
Fly:  9​h 45​min
End: Kuala Lumpur

1
night
Broome

Broome ©
A relaxed town of tree-shaded streets and scenic coastal stretches, Broome gained renown as a center of the pearling industry in the late 19th century.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at Reddell Beach, kick back and relax at Roebuck Bay, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catholic Diocese of Broome, and finally examine the collection at SSJG Heritage Centre. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Cable Beach and then cast your line with a fishing tour.

For more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Broome sightseeing planning site .

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Broome is an approximately 10.5-hour combination of train and flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Kuala Lumpur in August since evenings lows in Broome dip to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Margaret River.

Things to do in Broome

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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Cable Beach ©
Cable Beach
Fishing Charters & Tours
Reddell Beach ©
Reddell Beach

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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sun): learn about winemaking at Vasse Felix Winery, learn about winemaking at Brookwood Estate, then do a tasting at Happs Winery and Cellar Door, and finally explore the striking landscape at Sugarloaf Rock. On your second day here, kick back and relax at Surfers Point, then look for all kinds of wild species at Eagles Heritage Wildlife Centre, and then contemplate the long history of Water wheel.

To see traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Margaret River trip website .

Do a combination of flight and bus from Broome to Margaret River in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to travel to Alice Springs.

Things to do in Margaret River

Parks Wineries Wildlife

Side Trips

Cowaramup, Happs Winery and Cellar Door, Surfers Point, Water wheel, Sugarloaf Rock
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Sugarloaf Rock ©
Sugarloaf Rock
Surfers Point ©
Surfers Point
Brookwood Estate ©
Brookwood Estate

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Tue): steep yourself in history at Alice Springs Telegraph Station Historical Reserve, then explore the striking landscape at The Emily and Jessie Gaps Nature Park, then identify plant and animal life at Ormiston Gorge, and finally explore the striking landscape of Ochre Pits. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Wed): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Finke Gorge National Park.

To see photos, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, use the Alice Springs route website .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Margaret River to Alice Springs in 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone difference moving from Australian Western Standard Time to Australian Central Standard Time (Northern Territory) is 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in August, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) to allow time to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Alice Springs

Nature Parks Historic Sites
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Finke Gorge National Park ©
Finke Gorge National Park
The Emily and Jessie Gaps Nature Park ©

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Valley of the Winds and Kata Tjuta. Escape the urban bustle at Uluru and Walpa Gorge. Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Kuniya Walk, hike along Uluru Hiking Path, explore the galleries of Walkatjara Art, and take in the pleasant sights at Lungkata Walk.

For where to stay, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip builder app .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Alice Springs to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 2 hours. Another option is to drive. In August, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 6°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can travel to Sydney.

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

1
night
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.
On the 25th (Sun), get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, tour the pleasant surroundings at The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk, and then catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House. On the 26th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a stroll through The Rocks, then enjoy the sand and surf at Shelly Beach, and then take a stroll through Darling Harbour.

To see where to stay, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Sydney trip itinerary planning site .

You can fly from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Sydney in 5.5 hours. Another option is to drive. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in August: highs in Sydney hover around 22°C, while lows dip to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) early enough to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Neighborhoods Tours

Side Trip

Shelly Beach
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House

1
night
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 27th (Tue): learn about winemaking at Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery, then kick back and relax at Four Mile Beach, then make a trip to St Mary’s by The Sea chapel, and finally view the masterpieces at Ngarru Gallery. On the 28th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, use the Port Douglas trip planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Sydney to Port Douglas takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Sydney in August, with highs in Port Douglas at 31°C and lows at 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Four Mile Beach ©
Four Mile Beach
Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery ©
Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery

3
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 off the beaten path and head to Nature & Wildlife Tours and The Australian Armour & Artillery Museum. Get in touch with nature at Josephine Falls and Skydiving. There's much more to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Crystal Cascades, admire the masterpieces at Cairns Art Gallery, and pause for some serene contemplation at St Monica's Cathedral.

To see reviews, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Cairns online trip builder .

Drive from Port Douglas to Cairns in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. In August, daily temperatures in Cairns can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Crystal Cascades
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Josephine Falls ©
Josephine Falls
Crystal Cascades ©
Crystal Cascades

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