17 days in Australia Itinerary

17 days in Australia Itinerary

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17 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
Fly:  32​h
1
Lord Howe Island
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Melbourne
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
4
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + foot + bus:  14​h 30​min
5
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)
— 1 night
+3
bus + foot + Fly + shuttle:  11​h 15​min
6
Port Douglas
— 1 night
bus:  1​h 15​min
7
Cairns
— 2 nights
Fly:  23​h 15​min
End: Washington DC

1
night
Lord Howe Island

Lord Howe Island ©
Bursting out of the Tasman Sea, Lord Howe Island offers stunning scenery and many sandy beaches.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Thu): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt Gower, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Ned's Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at Lord Howe Island Walking Trails, play a few rounds at Lord Howe Island Golf Club, and then stroll through Lagoon Beach.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Lord Howe Island road trip site .

Washington DC, USA to Lord Howe Island is an approximately 32-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 15 hours traveling from Washington DC to Lord Howe Island. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Lord Howe Island

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

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.
Visiting Bondi Beach and Coogee Beach will get you outdoors. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like The Rocks and Fort Denison Island. There's still lots to do: stroll through Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, see the interesting displays at Australian National Maritime Museum, snap pictures at Sydney Harbour Bridge, and catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House.

To find maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Sydney road trip website .

Fly from Lord Howe Island to Sydney in 3.5 hours. In January, daytime highs in Sydney are 82°F, while nighttime lows are 68°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
The Rocks ©
The Rocks

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.
On the 29th (Tue), admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, then learn about all things military at Shrine of Remembrance, then meet the residents at Melbourne Zoo, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Trinity College Chapel. On the 30th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Melbourne Museum, contemplate the long history of Old Melbourne Gaol, and then take a tour by water with Melbourne Boat Hire.

To see reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Melbourne trip maker app .

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Melbourne takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Sydney in January, expect little chillier with lows of 58°F in Melbourne. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Historic Sites Museums
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Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Old Melbourne Gaol ©
Old Melbourne Gaol
Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance

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.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Thu): hike along Kuniya Walk, contemplate the waterfront views at Mutitjulu Waterhole, take in the dramatic natural features at Uluru, then view the masterpieces at Walkatjara Art, then take an in-depth tour of Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, and finally trek along Uluru Hiking Path. Keep things going the next day: appreciate the views at Valley of the Winds, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Kata Tjuta, and then get outside with Walpa Gorge.

For photos, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip itinerary website .

You can fly from Melbourne to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Melbourne in January, expect Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to be somewhat warmer, temps between 99°F and 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) to allow time to travel to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park).

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Find places to stay Jan 30 — Feb 1:
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Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga ©
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga
Kuniya Walk ©
Kuniya Walk

1
night
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) ©
Jabiru is a town in the Northern Territory of Australia. Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Sat): look for all kinds of wild species at Mamukala Billabong, then identify plant and animal life at Yellow Water, and then steep yourself in history at Nourlangie Rock. Keep things going the next day: delve into the distant past at Ubirr, then look for all kinds of wild species at Cahills Crossing, and then explore the striking landscape at Nanguluwur Art Site.

To see photos, maps, and more tourist information, use the Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) route planner.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) in 14.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of flight and car. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) so you can travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trip

Kakadu National Park
Find places to stay Feb 2 — 3:
Highlights from your plan
Mamukala Billabong ©
Mamukala Billabong
Ubirr ©
Ubirr
Nourlangie Rock ©
Nourlangie Rock

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 4th (Mon): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Tue): see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour.

To see reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read Port Douglas tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of bus, flight, and shuttle from Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) to Port Douglas takes 11.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, flight, and shuttle; or drive. In February, daily temperatures in Port Douglas can reach 88°F, while at night they dip to 75°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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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.
On the 6th (Wed), discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Keep things going the next day: explore and take pictures at The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk, then view the masterpieces at Bones and Jones, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Esplanade Boardwalk.

For more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Cairns trip maker website .

Drive from Port Douglas to Cairns in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. In February in Cairns, expect temperatures between 88°F during the day and 75°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk
Find places to stay Feb 5 — 7:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk

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