17 days in Australia Itinerary

17 days in Australia Itinerary

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17 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: New Delhi
Fly:  21​h
1
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
2
Melbourne
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
4
Lord Howe Island
— 1 night
Fly + shuttle:  7​h 30​min
5
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
6
Cairns
— 4 nights
Fly:  14​h 30​min
End: New Delhi

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.
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is known for nature, museums, outdoors, trails, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the striking landscape at Uluru, take in the awesome beauty at Kata Tjuta, stroll through Uluru Hiking Path, and contemplate the waterfront views at Mutitjulu Waterhole.

For photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park online travel planner .

New Delhi, India to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is an approximately 21-hour flight. Traveling from New Delhi to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, you'll lose 4 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from New Delhi in September, plan for slightly colder days and cooler nights in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park: temperatures range from 33°C by day to 12°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

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

1
night
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Wed): see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum, explore and take pictures at Royal Botanic Gardens, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at St. Kilda Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Thu): get to know the resident critters at Melbourne Zoo, explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Victoria, and then take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck 88.

For traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Melbourne trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Melbourne takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in September, you will find days in Melbourne are colder (20°C), and nights are a bit cooler (7°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Museums Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

St. Kilda Beach
Find places to stay Sep 17 — 19:
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Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
St. Kilda Beach ©
St. Kilda Beach
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum

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.
Visit Bondi Beach and Manly Beach for some beach relaxation. There's lots more to do: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, take a stroll through Darling Harbour, hunt for treasures at Sydney Fish Market, and appreciate the extensive heritage of The Rocks.

For other places to visit, reviews, photos, and tourist information, use the Sydney online trip itinerary builder .

Getting from Melbourne to Sydney by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Melbourne in September, with highs in Sydney at 25°C and lows at 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can travel to Lord Howe Island.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Manly Beach
Manly Beach

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 23rd (Mon): see the interesting displays at Lord Howe Island Museum, then enjoy the sand and surf at Lagoon Beach, and then kick back and relax at Ned's Beach.

To find reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Lord Howe Island trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Sydney to Lord Howe Island in 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) to allow time to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Lord Howe Island

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

2
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.
Spend the 24th (Tue) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 25th (Wed) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, view the masterpieces at Ngarru Gallery, explore the gorgeous colors at Opal Reef, and stop by With Sugar.

To find more things to do, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Port Douglas attractions planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Lord Howe Island to Port Douglas takes 7.5 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a bus to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
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Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Safaris

4
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. Go for a jaunt from Cairns to Palm Cove to see Spas about 30 minutes away. Spend the 27th (Fri) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 29th (Sun) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's more to do: stroll through Esplanade Boardwalk.

For where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read Cairns trip itinerary builder website .

Traveling by bus from Port Douglas to Cairns takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. September in Cairns sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 22°C at night. On the 30th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Trinity Beach
Find places to stay Sep 26 — 30:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach

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