17 days in Australia Itinerary

17 days in Australia Itinerary

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17 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Pittsburgh
Fly:  34​h
1
Perth
— 1 night
Fly:  9​h 15​min
2
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 1 night
Fly + shuttle:  5​h 45​min
3
Port Douglas
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Cape Tribulation
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
5
Cairns
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
6
Hamilton Island
— 1 night
ferry:  1​h
7
Airlie Beach
— 2 nights
Drive + ferry:  4​h 30​min
8
Magnetic Island
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  31​h
End: Pittsburgh

1
night
Perth

Perth ©
A modern metropolis of glassy skyscrapers, waterside boulevards, and lush residential neighborhoods, Perth sits on the edge of the Swan Coastal Plain.
On the 20th (Sat), take in nature's colorful creations at Kings Park & Botanic Garden, then stroll through Cottesloe Beach, then take an in-depth tour of Fremantle Prison, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. George's Cathedral. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Mary's Cathedral, contemplate the long history of The Perth Mint, then take in the spiritual surroundings of All Saints Anglican Church, and finally explore the activities along Swan River.

To see where to stay, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Perth trip builder app .

Pittsburgh, USA to Perth is an approximately 34-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Australian Western Standard Time (AWST) is 13 hours. Traveling from Pittsburgh in July, expect nights in Perth to be colder, around 45°F, while days are slightly colder, around 65°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Perth

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Cottesloe Beach, All Saints Anglican Church, Fremantle Prison
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Fremantle Prison ©
Fremantle Prison
Cottesloe Beach ©
Cottesloe Beach
The Perth Mint ©
The Perth Mint

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 22nd (Mon): stroll through Kuniya Walk, explore the activities along Mutitjulu Waterhole, explore the striking landscape at Uluru, take in the exciting artwork at Walkatjara Art, then get advice or help at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, and finally hike along Uluru Hiking Path. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the verdant scenery at Valley of the Winds, then take in the awesome beauty at Kata Tjuta, and then get outside with Walpa Gorge.

To see traveler tips, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read our Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park online route planner .

Traveling by flight from Perth to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park takes 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. The time zone difference moving from Australian Western Standard Time (AWST) to Australian Central Standard Time (Northern Territory) (ACST) is 1 hour. Expect slightly colder evenings in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park when traveling from Perth in July, with lows around 39°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Kuniya Walk ©
Kuniya Walk
Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga ©
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga

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 24th (Wed): look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas. Here are some ideas for day two: relax in the rural setting at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, then meet the residents at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Four Mile Beach.

For maps, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Port Douglas trip maker site .

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Port Douglas takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. When traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in July, plan for somewhat warmer days and warmer nights in Port Douglas: temperatures range from 78°F by day to 64°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) so you can travel to Cape Tribulation.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Four Mile Beach ©
Four Mile Beach

2
nights
Cape Tribulation

Cape Tribulation ©
A lush headland that's part of the forested Daintree Region, Cape Tribulation was so named by Lieutenant--later Captain--Cook in 1770, when his ship ran aground in the area.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at Myall Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Thornton Beach, and then delve into the lush surroundings at Daintree Rainforest - Cooper Creek Wilderness. On the 27th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: kick back and relax at Cape Tribulation Beach, go for a walk through Marrdja Botanical Walk, experience rural life at Cape Trib Farm, then relax in the rural setting at Cape Trib Exotic Fruit Farm, and finally trek along Dubuji Boardwalk.

To find photos, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Cape Tribulation trip maker site .

Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Port Douglas to Cape Tribulation takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 78°F in July, and nighttime lows around 64°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can take a bus to Cairns.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Thornton Beach ©
Thornton Beach
Myall Beach ©
Myall Beach
Dubuji Boardwalk ©
Dubuji Boardwalk

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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sun): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On the next day, trek along Esplanade Boardwalk, then explore the different monuments and memorials at McLeod Street Pioneer Cemetery, then stroll through Palm Cove Beach, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at St Monica's Cathedral.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Cairns trip itinerary maker app .

Traveling by bus from Cape Tribulation to Cairns takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In July in Cairns, expect temperatures between 79°F during the day and 64°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Hamilton Island.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Palm Cove Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach

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night
Hamilton Island

Hamilton Island
A trip to Hamilton Island takes you to a car-free destination mostly covered in bushland.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Tue): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Hamilton Island trip itinerary site .

You can fly from Cairns to Hamilton Island in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. Traveling from Cairns in July, expect nights in Hamilton Island to be about the same, around 65°F, while days are little chillier, around 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) to allow time to ride a ferry to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Hamilton Island

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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2
nights
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.
On the 31st (Wed), see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Thu): race across the water with a speed boat tour.

For maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Airlie Beach trip itinerary planner.

Ride a ferry from Hamilton Island to Airlie Beach in an hour. In July, daily temperatures in Airlie Beach can reach 70°F, while at night they dip to 64°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) early enough to travel to Magnetic Island.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Speed Boats Tours

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night
Magnetic Island

Magnetic Island ©
On the 2nd (Fri), step off the mainland to explore Magnetic Island Forts Walk, take a memorable tour with Pilgrim Sailing, and then take a tour by water with Big Mama Sailing.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Magnetic Island holiday planning site .

Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Airlie Beach to Magnetic Island takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of bus, train, and ferry. While traveling from Airlie Beach, expect somewhat warmer days and little chillier nights in Magnetic Island, ranging from highs of 78°F to lows of 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Magnetic Island

Outdoors Transportation Tours
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Pilgrim Sailing ©
Pilgrim Sailing

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