17 days in Australia Itinerary

17 days in Australia Itinerary

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17 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Ulaanbaatar
Fly + shuttle:  23​h
1
Port Douglas
— 1 night
bus:  1​h 15​min
2
Cairns
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
3
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
4
Melbourne
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
5
Lord Howe Island
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 30​min
6
Sydney
— 5 nights
Fly:  16​h
End: Ulaanbaatar

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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Tue): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, explore and take pictures at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, and then make a trip to St Mary’s by The Sea chapel.

To see maps, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Port Douglas itinerary builder tool .

Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia to Port Douglas is an approximately 23-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Ulaanbaatar Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) is 2 hours. Prepare for warmer weather when traveling from Ulaanbaatar in January: high temperatures in Port Douglas hover around 37°C and lows are around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) to allow time to drive to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas ©
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas

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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas. Here are some ideas for day two: trek along Esplanade Boardwalk, let little ones run wild at Muddy's Playground, and then have fun at Esplanade Lagoon Pool.

For photos, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read Cairns trip planner.

Traveling by car from Port Douglas to Cairns takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. In January, daytime highs in Cairns are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk
Esplanade Lagoon Pool ©
Esplanade Lagoon Pool

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 5th (Sat): stroll through Kuniya Walk, then contemplate the waterfront views at Mutitjulu Waterhole, then don't miss a visit to Uluru, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Uluru Hiking Path. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get outside with Walpa Gorge, take in the awesome beauty at Kata Tjuta, and then get advice or help at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre.

To see maps, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip planner .

Getting from Cairns to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Cairns in January: highs in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park hover around 43°C, while lows dip to 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

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

2
nights
Melbourne

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Melbourne is known for museums, shopping, parks, nightlife, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: meet the residents at Melbourne Zoo, tour the water at your own pace with Melbourne Boat Hire, admire the natural beauty at Fitzroy Gardens, and see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum.

To see other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Melbourne trip itinerary planning site .

You can fly from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Melbourne in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in January, expect Melbourne to be a bit cooler, temps between 32°C and 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to travel to Lord Howe Island.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Outdoors Tours
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Balloon Rides
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum

1
night
Lord Howe Island

Lord Howe Island ©
Bursting out of the Tasman Sea, Lord Howe Island offers stunning scenery and many sandy beaches.
On the 10th (Thu), get a new perspective on nature at Lord Howe Island Museum, stroll through Lagoon Beach, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Ned's Beach. On the 11th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: trek along Lord Howe Island Walking Trails, take in the dramatic natural features at Ball's Pyramid, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt Gower.

For more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Lord Howe Island tour itinerary app .

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Lord Howe Island takes 5.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Lord Howe Island

Parks Outdoors 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

5
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.
Sydney is known for nightlife, trails, beaches, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: trek along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, take in nature's colorful creations at The Royal Botanic Garden, see a show at Sydney Opera House, and stroll through Coogee Beach.

To see where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Sydney driving holiday planning tool .

Traveling by flight from Lord Howe Island to Sydney takes 3.5 hours. In January in Sydney, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 23°C at night. On the 16th (Wed), you're off tohome.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Manly Beach
Manly Beach

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