17 days in Australia Itinerary

17 days in Australia Itinerary

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17 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Phoenix
Fly:  21​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
+2
Fly + foot + bus:  9​h
4
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)
— 2 nights
+3
bus + foot + Fly + train:  13​h
5
Leura
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly:  20​h 30​min
End: Phoenix

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 historical perspective at Old Melbourne Gaol and Shrine of Remembrance. Head to Melbourne Central and Lightning Ridge Opal Minesfor some retail therapy. And it doesn't end there: stop by Readings Book Shop, indulge your taste buds at Cup of Truth, wander the streets of Degraves Street, and take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Melbourne day trip site .

Phoenix, USA to Melbourne is an approximately 22-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Victoria) is 17 hours. Expect colder temperatures when traveling from Phoenix in May; daily highs in Melbourne reach 63°F and lows reach 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Melbourne

Shopping Neighborhoods Historic Sites
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Melbourne Central ©
Melbourne Central
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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Tue): trek along Uluru Hiking Path, explore the striking landscape at Uluru, and then hike along Kuniya Walk. Keep things going the next day: get engrossed in the history at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, take in the exciting artwork at Walkatjara Art, then take in the awesome beauty at Kata Tjuta, and finally head outdoors with Walpa Gorge.

To see reviews, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, use the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park tour itinerary planner .

You can fly from Melbourne to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 5 hours. Another option is to drive. While traveling from Melbourne, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, ranging from highs of 76°F to lows of 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

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

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 16th (Thu): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On the next day, relax in the rural setting at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures and then enjoy the sand and surf at Palm Cove Beach.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Cairns trip planner .

You can fly from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Cairns in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in May, things will get somewhat warmer in Cairns: highs are around 82°F and lows about 69°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to travel to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park).

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Palm Cove
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach

2
nights
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) ©
Jabiru is a town in the Northern Territory of Australia. Your inner history buff will appreciate Ubirr and Nourlangie Rock. Escape the urban bustle at Yellow Water and Maguk Gorge. There's much more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Cahills Crossing, don't miss a visit to Bardedjilidji Walk, and examine the collection at Warradjan Cultural Centre.

To find other places to visit, photos, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) online trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Cairns to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can travel to Leura.

Things to do in Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Wildlife Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Kakadu National Park
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Maguk Gorge ©
Maguk Gorge
Ubirr ©
Ubirr
Anbangbang Billabong ©
Anbangbang Billabong

1
night
Leura

Leura ©
Leura is a suburb in the City of Blue Mountains local government area that is located west of the Sydney central business district in New South Wales, Australia. Start off your visit on the 21st (Tue): appreciate the extensive heritage of The National Pass, stop by Rick Rutherford's Country, take in breathtaking views at Lincoln's Rock, then stop by The Candy Store Leura, then stop by The Nook, and finally buy something for everyone on your list at Leura Mall. Keep things going the next day: look for gifts at Teddy Sinclair, look for gifts at Blue Mountains Chocolate Company, then look for all kinds of wild species at Pulpit Rock Lookout, then stop by Victory Theatre Antique Centre, and finally look for gifts at Cabin & Co.

To see more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Leura trip maker app .

You can do a combination of bus, flight, and train from Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) to Leura in 13 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. May in Leura sees daily highs of 70°F and lows of 45°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to drive to Sydney.

Things to do in Leura

Shopping Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Blue Mountains National Park, Blackheath, Blue Mountains Chocolate Company, Rick Rutherford's Country
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The Nook ©
The Nook
The National Pass ©
The National Pass
Pulpit Rock Lookout ©
Pulpit Rock Lookout

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.
Head to Sydney Fish Market and Rozelle Collectors Marketfor plenty of shopping. Visiting Bondi Beach and Manly Beach will get you outdoors. The adventure continues: wander the streets of The Rocks, shop like a local with Queen Victoria Building (QVB), catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, and look for gifts at Belle Fleur Fine Chocolates.

To find reviews, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read Sydney trip itinerary builder site .

Drive from Leura to Sydney in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Traveling from Leura in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Sydney, with lows of 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

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

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