17 days in Australia Itinerary

17 days in Australia Itinerary

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17 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Vienna
Fly:  24​h
1
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Lord Howe Island
— 2 nights
Fly + shuttle:  7​h 30​min
3
Port Douglas
— 1 night
shuttle + Fly:  6​h
4
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
5
Cairns
— 3 nights
Fly:  23​h 15​min
End: Vienna


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.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Bondi Beach and Manly Beach. Get a sense of the local culture at The Rocks and Sydney Opera House. And it doesn't end there: hike along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, stroll through Dee Why Beach, kick back and relax at Camp Cove, and take in nature's colorful creations at The Royal Botanic Garden.

For reviews, photos, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Sydney day trip planner.

Vienna, Austria to Sydney is an approximately 24-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Vienna to Sydney is 9 hours. Expect warmer temperatures when traveling from Vienna in December; daily highs in Sydney reach 32°C and lows reach 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to travel to Lord Howe Island.

Things to do in Sydney

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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Manly Beach
Manly Beach

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Lord Howe Island

Lord Howe Island ©
Bursting out of the Tasman Sea, Lord Howe Island offers stunning scenery and many sandy beaches.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sat): hike along Lord Howe Island Walking Trails, then enjoy the sand and surf at Lagoon Beach, and then take in the awesome beauty at Mt Gower. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get a new perspective on nature at Lord Howe Island Museum, stroll through Ned's Beach, and then get interesting insight from Tours.

To see photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Lord Howe Island trip planner.

You can fly from Sydney to Lord Howe Island in 3.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Lord Howe Island

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Ned's Beach ©
Ned's Beach
Lord Howe Island Walking Trails ©
Lord Howe Island Walking Trails
Mt Gower ©
Mt Gower

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 9th (Mon): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On your second day here, take an exotic tour of a safari tour.

To find other places to visit, maps, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Port Douglas journey planner .

You can do a combination of flight and shuttle from Lord Howe Island to Port Douglas in 7.5 hours. In December, daytime highs in Port Douglas are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris

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 some cultural insight at Uluru and Valley of the Winds. Take a break from the city and head to Kata Tjuta and Walpa Gorge. There's much more to do: explore the activities along Mutitjulu Waterhole, get engrossed in the history at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, take in the exciting artwork at Walkatjara Art, and trek along Uluru Hiking Path.

For ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park online travel planner .

Getting from Port Douglas to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park by combination of shuttle and flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive. Traveling from Port Douglas in December, you will find days in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park are a bit warmer (42°C), and nights are about the same (24°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

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Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta ©
Kata Tjuta
Valley of the Winds ©
Valley of the Winds

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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.
You'll get in some beach time at Trinity Beach and Palm Cove Beach. Visiting Scuba & Snorkeling and Hartley's Crocodile Adventures will get you outdoors. Next up on the itinerary: hike along Esplanade Boardwalk and take a leisurely stroll along The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk.

For ratings, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Cairns trip website .

Getting from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Cairns by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive. Traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in December, you will find days in Cairns are a bit cooler (36°C), and nights are about the same (26°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Palm Cove, The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk, Trinity Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach

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