17 days in Australia Itinerary

17 days in Australia Itinerary

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17 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Seattle
+3
shuttle + subway + Fly + shuttle:  27​h
1
Port Douglas
— 1 night
shuttle + Fly:  5​h 45​min
2
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 45​min
3
Melbourne
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
4
Canberra
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
5
Katoomba
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Sydney
— 5 nights
Fly:  20​h
End: Seattle

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 18th (Wed): identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas. On the 19th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: view the masterpieces at Ngarru Gallery, view the masterpieces at Des Spencer Galleries, then take in the exciting artwork at Village Gallery, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Palm Cove Beach.

To find traveler tips, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Port Douglas visit planner .

Seattle, USA to Port Douglas is an approximately 27-hour combination of shuttle and flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or do a combination of flight, car, and ferry. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 18 hours traveling from Seattle to Port Douglas. Expect much hotter temperatures when traveling from Seattle in March; daily highs in Port Douglas reach 87°F and lows reach 74°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Palm Cove
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach
Ngarru Gallery ©
Ngarru Gallery

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 20th (Fri): don't miss a visit to Uluru, get advice or help at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, then view the masterpieces at Walkatjara Art, and finally stroll through Uluru Hiking Path. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through Kuniya Walk, explore the activities along Mutitjulu Waterhole, then go for a walk through Field of Light, and finally take in the awesome beauty at Kata Tjuta.

To see ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip itinerary maker .

Do a combination of shuttle and flight from Port Douglas to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Port Douglas in March: highs in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park hover around 95°F, while lows dip to 70°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) to allow time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Trails
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Walkatjara Art ©
Walkatjara Art
Uluru ©
Uluru
Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre ©
Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Shrine of Remembrance and Melbourne Central. You'll explore and learn at Melbourne Museum and Immigration Museum. And it doesn't end there: explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Victoria, examine the collection at The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia, browse the exhibits of The Johnston Collection, and admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens.

To see photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Melbourne online trip maker .

Getting from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Melbourne by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in March; daily highs in Melbourne reach 78°F and lows reach 56°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to travel to Canberra.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums Shopping Neighborhoods
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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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Wed): take an in-depth tour of Australian War Memorial, then admire the masterpieces at National Portrait Gallery, and then explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Australia.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read our Canberra trip planner.

You can fly from Melbourne to Canberra in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. March in Canberra sees daily highs of 78°F and lows of 52°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to drive to Katoomba.

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

2
nights
Katoomba

Katoomba ©
Located off of the Great Western Highway, Katoomba is the main hub of the City of Blue Mountains.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Thu): view the masterpieces at Falls Gallery, examine the collection at Valley Heights Locomotive Depot Heritage Museum, then explore the world behind art at Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum, then look for gifts at The Nook, and finally pick up a one of a kind souvenir at Katoomba Antique Centre. Here are some ideas for day two: view the masterpieces at Blue Mountains Cultural Centre, view the masterpieces at Gallery One88, then view the masterpieces at Lost Bear Gallery, then view the masterpieces at Squirrel Shop, and finally get to know the fascinating history of The National Pass.

To find maps, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Katoomba day trip website .

You can drive from Canberra to Katoomba in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Canberra in March, plan for a bit warmer nights in Katoomba, with lows around 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to drive to Sydney.

Things to do in Katoomba

Museums Shopping Trails

Side Trips

The Nook, Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum, Valley Heights Locomotive Depot Heritage Museum, Squirrel Shop, The National Pass
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Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum ©
Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum
The National Pass ©
The National Pass

5
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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Bondi Beach and Manly Beach. Do some cultural sightseeing at The Rocks and Sydney Opera House. Next up on the itinerary: take a stroll through Darling Harbour, stroll through Coogee Beach, take in the exciting artwork at ATTY Gallery, and hunt for treasures at Sydney Fish Market.

To see other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Sydney trip itinerary website .

Getting from Katoomba to Sydney by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train. In March, daytime highs in Sydney are 79°F, while nighttime lows are 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Museums Parks Beaches
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House

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