17 days in Australia Itinerary

17 days in Australia Itinerary

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17 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Brisbane
Fly + shuttle:  6​h 15​min
1
Port Douglas
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Cairns
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
4
Melbourne
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
5
Sydney
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
6
Lord Howe Island
— Few hours
Fly:  3​h 15​min
End: Brisbane

3
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.
On the 25th (Mon), stroll through Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas and then look for gifts at With Sugar. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For where to stay, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Port Douglas attractions website .

Brisbane to Port Douglas is an approximately 6.5-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle; or drive. In June, Port Douglas is somewhat warmer than Brisbane - with highs of 30°C and lows of 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) so you can go by car to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Wildlife
Find places to stay Jun 25 — 28:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas ©
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas

3
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.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Palm Cove Beach and Trinity Beach. Get in touch with nature at Scuba & Snorkeling and Hartley's Crocodile Adventures. The adventure continues: get a new perspective on things with Shaolin Junk Cruises and trek along Esplanade Boardwalk.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Cairns using our trip planner.

Traveling by car from Port Douglas to Cairns takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in June, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) early enough to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Cairns

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Wildlife

Side Trips

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

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 1st (Sun), take in the exciting artwork at Walkatjara Art, trek along Kuniya Walk, and then explore the striking landscape at Uluru. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get outside with Walpa Gorge, then take in the dramatic natural features at Kata Tjuta, and then hike along Uluru Hiking Path.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park travel itinerary planner .

Getting from Cairns to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive. When traveling from Cairns in July, plan for a bit cooler days in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, with highs around 24°C, while nights are cooler with lows around 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Nature
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Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta ©
Kata Tjuta
Kuniya Walk ©
Kuniya Walk

4
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
For shopping fun, head to Melbourne Central or Lightning Ridge Opal Mines. There's still lots to do: get a taste of the local shopping with Degraves Street, stop by The Australian Natural Soap, take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, and hunt for treasures at South Melbourne Market.

For ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Melbourne driving holiday website .

You can fly from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Melbourne in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. When traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in July, plan for little chillier days in Melbourne, with highs around 15°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

#Shopping, #Parks, #Neighborhoods
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Melbourne Central ©
Melbourne Central
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo
Lightning Ridge Opal Mines ©
Lightning Ridge Opal Mines

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.
Visit Bondi Beach and Coogee Beach for some beach relaxation. For shopping fun, head to Sydney Fish Market or Belle Fleur Fine Chocolates. And it doesn't end there: enjoy some music at Sydney Opera House, tour the pleasant surroundings at Clovelly, stop by Lidz Caps, and enjoy the sand and surf at Manly Beach.

To find other places to visit, maps, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Sydney trip planning site .

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Sydney takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. While traveling from Melbourne, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Sydney, ranging from highs of 21°C to lows of 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Lord Howe Island.

Things to do in Sydney

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Beaches
Find places to stay Jul 7 — 11:
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Sydney Fish Market ©
Sydney Fish Market
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Manly Beach
Manly Beach

few
hours
Lord Howe Island

Lord Howe Island ©
Bursting out of the Tasman Sea, Lord Howe Island offers stunning scenery and many sandy beaches.
On the 11th (Wed), enjoy the sand and surf at Ned's Beach.

To find ratings, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Lord Howe Island trip site .

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Lord Howe Island takes 3.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Lord Howe Island

#Outdoors, #Beaches, #Parks
Find places to stay Jul 11 — 12:
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Ned's Beach ©
Ned's Beach

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