17 days in Australia Itinerary

17 days in Australia Itinerary

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17 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Ljubljana
Fly:  26​h
1
Cairns
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
2
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
shuttle + Fly:  6​h
3
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 45​min
4
Melbourne
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
5
Sydney
— 4 nights
Fly:  27​h
End: Ljubljana

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Cairns: Palm Cove (Hartley's Crocodile Adventures & Palm Cove Beach). Spend the 22nd (Sat) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's much more to do: hike along Esplanade Boardwalk, have fun at Esplanade Lagoon Pool, and admire the sheer force of Josephine Falls.

To find more things to do, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read our Cairns route builder website .

Ljubljana, Slovenia to Cairns is an approximately 26-hour flight. You can also do a combination of shuttle and flight. You'll lose 9 hours traveling from Ljubljana to Cairns due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Ljubljana in December, things will get much hotter in Cairns: highs are around 36°C and lows about 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Palm Cove
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk

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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Tue): get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports. Keep things going the next day: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To see reviews, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read Port Douglas holiday planner .

Traveling by car from Cairns to Port Douglas takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. December in Port Douglas sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris

1
night
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 27th (Thu): trek along Uluru Hiking Path, then take an in-depth tour of Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, then trek along Kuniya Walk, and finally explore the striking landscape at Uluru. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the exciting artwork at Walkatjara Art, take in the dramatic natural features at Kata Tjuta, and then get outside with Walpa Gorge.

For ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip builder .

Do a combination of shuttle and flight from Port Douglas to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. When traveling from Port Douglas in December, plan for somewhat warmer days in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, with highs around 42°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

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

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.
Melbourne is known for museums, parks, shopping, zoos & aquariums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, choose your vessel at Melbourne Boat Hire, don't miss a visit to Flinders Street Station, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Melbourne Zoo.

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Fly from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Melbourne in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in December, with highs in Melbourne at 30°C and lows at 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) to allow time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Museums Zoos & Aquariums
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Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum

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.
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, admire the natural beauty at The Royal Botanic Garden, take a stroll through Darling Harbour, and appreciate the extensive heritage of The Rocks.

To see reviews, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Sydney travel itinerary planner.

Getting from Melbourne to Sydney by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Melbourne in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Sydney, with lows of 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

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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