17 days in Australia Itinerary

17 days in Australia Itinerary

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17 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Brussels
train + Fly:  23​h 30​min
1
Cairns
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + foot + ferry:  4​h 45​min
2
Airlie Beach
— 2 nights
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  5​h
3
Brisbane
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
4
Hervey Bay
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 30​min
5
Sydney
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
6
Alice Springs
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  2​h
7
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 2 nights
Fly:  31​h
End: Brussels

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 20th (Sat), pause for some serene contemplation at St Monica's Cathedral. On the next day, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For maps, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Cairns online tour itinerary planner .

Brussels, Belgium to Cairns is an approximately 23.5-hour combination of train and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. You'll lose 9 hours traveling from Brussels to Cairns due to the time zone difference. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Brussels in July: high temperatures in Cairns hover around 30°C and lows are around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can travel to Airlie Beach.

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
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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Wed): race across the water with a speed boat tour.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Airlie Beach road trip planning tool .

You can do a combination of flight and ferry from Cairns to Airlie Beach in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. While traveling from Cairns, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Airlie Beach, ranging from highs of 24°C to lows of 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Speed Boats Tours

2
nights
Brisbane

Brisbane ©
Queensland’s biggest town and state capital, Brisbane has an attractive, manicured image based around its riverside aesthetic as well as the contrast between its high-rise center and extensive urban greenery.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Thu): look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, take some stellar pictures from Mount Coot-tha Lookout, and then have fun at Psychic Readings Twin Featherz. On the 26th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the natural beauty at Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt. Coot-tha and then enjoy some diversion at South Bank Parklands.

For reviews, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Brisbane trip maker website .

Getting from Airlie Beach to Brisbane by combination of bus and flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and flight; or drive. Traveling from Airlie Beach in July, expect slightly colder with lows of 11°C in Brisbane. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can travel to Hervey Bay.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Wildlife Fun & Games
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Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Mount Coot-tha Lookout ©
Mount Coot-tha Lookout

1
night
Hervey Bay

With the largest population in the Fraser Coast Region, Hervey Bay is a hub of activity.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Sat): get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports and then tour the stables at Susan River Homestead Adventure Resort.

To find maps, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Hervey Bay holiday planning tool .

Fly from Brisbane to Hervey Bay in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. July in Hervey Bay sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Hervey Bay

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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Dolphin & Whale Watching

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.
Visiting Bondi Beach and Manly Beach will get you outdoors. Spend the 30th (Tue) exploring nature at Sydney Harbour National Park. There's much more to do: admire the striking features of Sydney Opera House, appreciate the extensive heritage of The Rocks, look for all kinds of wild species at Tambourine Bay Reserve and Warraroon Reserve Walk, and explore the world behind art at Art Gallery of New South Wales.

For traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Sydney road trip planning website .

Traveling by flight from Hervey Bay to Sydney takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. While traveling from Hervey Bay, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Sydney, ranging from highs of 21°C to lows of 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Wed) early enough to travel to Alice Springs.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Sydney Harbour National Park
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Manly Beach
Manly Beach
The Rocks ©
The Rocks

1
night
Alice Springs

Alice Springs ©
Situated right in the heart of Australia, Alice Springs serves as an urban oasis deep within the country’s parched, desert-like Red Center.
On the 1st (Thu), get interesting insight from Tours, take in the exciting artwork at Talapi, and then look for all kinds of wild species at The Kangaroo Sanctuary.

To see where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Alice Springs online trip itinerary maker .

Getting from Sydney to Alice Springs by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Sydney in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Alice Springs, with lows of 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) to allow time to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Alice Springs

Tours Wildlife Parks
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The Kangaroo Sanctuary ©
The Kangaroo Sanctuary
Walking tours
Talapi ©
Talapi

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 2nd (Fri), hike along Kuniya Walk, then contemplate the waterfront views at Mutitjulu Waterhole, then make a trip to Uluru, and finally trek along Uluru Hiking Path. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat): get outside with Walpa Gorge, then explore the striking landscape at Kata Tjuta, and then take an in-depth tour of Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park planner .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Alice Springs to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In August in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 6°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

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

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