17 days in Australia Itinerary

17 days in Australia Itinerary

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17 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Warsaw
Fly:  29​h
1
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 45​min
2
Melbourne
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Canberra
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
4
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
5
Lord Howe Island
— 1 night
Fly + shuttle:  7​h 30​min
6
Port Douglas
— 1 night
bus:  1​h 15​min
7
Cairns
— 2 nights
Fly:  23​h 30​min
End: Warsaw

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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Fri): explore the striking landscape at Uluru, explore the activities along Mutitjulu Waterhole, then hike along Kuniya Walk, and finally take an in-depth tour of Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre. Here are some ideas for day two: view the masterpieces at Walkatjara Art, take in the awesome beauty at Kata Tjuta, and then head outdoors with Walpa Gorge.

To find ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip planner.

Warsaw, Poland to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is an approximately 29-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 8 hours traveling from Warsaw to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. In January, Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is much hotter than Warsaw - with highs of 43°C and lows of 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Melbourne.

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

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Melbourne Museum and Shrine of Remembrance. Museum-lovers will appreciate National Gallery of Victoria and Federation Square. And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia, take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, get engrossed in the history at Museum of Chinese Australian History Inc., and explore the world behind art at The Johnston Collection.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, use the Melbourne trip planner .

Fly from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Melbourne in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in January: high temperatures in Melbourne hover around 32°C and lows are around 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) so you can travel to Canberra.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums Historic Sites Outdoors
Find places to stay Jan 26 — 29:
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Wed): explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Australia, then admire the masterpieces at National Portrait Gallery, and then take an in-depth tour of Australian War Memorial.

To find where to stay, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Canberra trip site .

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Canberra takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. January in Canberra sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) so you can drive to Sydney.

Things to do in Canberra

Museums
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Australian War Memorial ©
Australian War Memorial
National Gallery of Australia ©
National Gallery of Australia
National Portrait Gallery ©
National Portrait Gallery

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.
We've included these beaches for you: Manly Beach and Camp Cove. Take a break from the city and head to Bondi Beach and Clovelly. There's still lots to do: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, examine the collection at Justice & Police Museum, explore the world behind art at Art Gallery of New South Wales, and get to know the fascinating history of The Rocks.

To find traveler tips and other tourist information, refer to the Sydney online day trip planner .

You can drive from Canberra to Sydney in 3.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Canberra in January, Sydney is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can travel to Lord Howe Island.

Things to do in Sydney

Beaches Outdoors Parks
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Darling Harbour ©
Darling Harbour
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
The Rocks ©
The Rocks

1
night
Lord Howe Island

Lord Howe Island ©
Bursting out of the Tasman Sea, Lord Howe Island offers stunning scenery and many sandy beaches.
On the 3rd (Sun), get a new perspective on nature at Lord Howe Island Museum, then enjoy the sand and surf at Lagoon Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Ned's Beach.

To find photos, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Lord Howe Island trip planner .

You can fly from Sydney to Lord Howe Island in 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) early enough to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Lord Howe Island

Beaches Outdoors Parks
Find places to stay Feb 2 — 3:
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Ned's Beach ©
Ned's Beach
Lagoon Beach ©
Lagoon Beach
Lord Howe Island Museum ©
Lord Howe Island Museum

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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Mon): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Here are some ideas for day two: take an exotic tour of a safari tour.

For more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Port Douglas itinerary website .

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Lord Howe Island to Port Douglas takes 7.5 hours. February in Port Douglas sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
Find places to stay Feb 3 — 5:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris

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.
Start 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): stroll through Trinity Beach, then view the masterpieces at Village Gallery, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Palm Cove Beach.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read Cairns driving holiday planner .

Traveling by car from Port Douglas to Cairns takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. In February, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Trinity Beach
Find places to stay Feb 5 — 7:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach

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