17 days in Australia Itinerary

17 days in Australia Itinerary

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17 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Mumbai
Fly:  16​h 45​min
1
Melbourne
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
2
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Cairns
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
4
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
+3
shuttle + Fly + foot + ferry:  6​h
5
Airlie Beach
— 1 day
+2
ferry + bus + Fly:  6​h 45​min
6
Lord Howe Island
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 30​min
7
Sydney
— 4 nights
Fly:  17​h 15​min
End: Mumbai

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 some cultural insight at Melbourne Museum and Shrine of Remembrance. And it doesn't end there: explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Victoria, enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck 88, wander the streets of Melbourne Central, and contemplate the long history of Old Melbourne Gaol.

For ratings, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read Melbourne trip itinerary planner .

Mumbai, India to Melbourne is an approximately 17-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from India Standard Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Victoria) is 4 hours. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Mumbai in December; daily highs in Melbourne reach 30°C and lows reach 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums Parks Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 26 — 28:
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Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum
Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance
National Gallery of Victoria ©
National Gallery of Victoria

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.
On the 29th (Sat), hike along Uluru Hiking Path, get all the information you need at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, then hike along Kuniya Walk, and finally explore the striking landscape at Uluru. Keep things going the next day: view the masterpieces at Walkatjara Art, take in the awesome beauty at Kata Tjuta, and then head outdoors with Walpa Gorge.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park online driving holiday planner .

Fly from Melbourne to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Melbourne in December, with highs in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park at 42°C and lows at 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature
Find places to stay Dec 28 — 30:
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Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga ©
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga
Kuniya Walk ©
Kuniya Walk

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 31st (Mon): identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas. Here are some ideas for day two: relax in the rural setting at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures and then kick back and relax at Palm Cove Beach.

To find traveler tips, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read Cairns vacation planner .

Traveling by flight from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Cairns takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in December, expect nights in Cairns to be about the same, around 26°C, while days are little chillier, around 36°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to drive to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Palm Cove
Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 1:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach

2
nights
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 2nd (Wed): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Here are some ideas for day two: see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour.

For photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Port Douglas travel route builder .

Traveling by car from Cairns to Port Douglas takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. In January, daytime highs in Port Douglas are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can travel to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
Find places to stay Jan 1 — 3:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris

1
day
Airlie Beach

Very much a town with an emphasis on the tropical lifestyle, Airlie Beach offers exotic surroundings with palm trees and charming, sandy beaches.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Fri): identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Airlie Beach trip itinerary builder app .

You can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and ferry from Port Douglas to Airlie Beach in 6 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of shuttle, flight, and bus. In January in Airlie Beach, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 28°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to travel to Lord Howe Island.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
Find places to stay Jan 3 — 4:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling

1
night
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 5th (Sat): see the interesting displays at Lord Howe Island Museum, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Lagoon Beach, and then stroll through Ned's Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: hike along Lord Howe Island Walking Trails and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt Gower.

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You can do a combination of bus and flight from Airlie Beach to Lord Howe Island in 7 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Lord Howe Island

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Find places to stay Jan 4 — 6:
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Ned's Beach ©
Ned's Beach
Lagoon Beach ©
Lagoon Beach
Lord Howe Island Walking Trails ©
Lord Howe Island Walking Trails

4
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at The Rocks and Art Gallery of New South Wales. The adventure continues: wander the streets of Darling Harbour, admire the natural beauty at The Royal Botanic Garden, examine the collection at Australian National Maritime Museum, and see a show at Sydney Opera House.

To find ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Sydney online holiday planner .

Traveling by flight from Lord Howe Island to Sydney takes 3.5 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Sydney can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. On the 10th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Find places to stay Jan 6 — 10:
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The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Darling Harbour ©
Darling Harbour
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House

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