17 days in Australia Itinerary

17 days in Australia Itinerary

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17 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Manchester
Fly:  23​h
1
Cairns
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
2
Port Douglas
— 3 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
— 3 nights
Fly:  25​h
End: Manchester

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Cairns: Palm Cove (Hartley's Crocodile Adventures & Palm Cove Beach). Spend the 3rd (Sat) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. The adventure continues: tour the water at your own pace with Shaolin Junk Cruises, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Monica's Cathedral, get your game on at Cairns Kart Hire Track, and hike along Esplanade Boardwalk.

To see more things to do, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Cairns day trip planning app .

Manchester, UK to Cairns is an approximately 23-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 10 hours traveling from Manchester to Cairns. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Manchester in August, with highs in Cairns at 31°C and lows at 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) early enough to drive to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Shaolin Junk Cruises, Cairns Kart Hire Track
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk

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.
Spend the 6th (Tue) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 7th (Wed) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. There's still lots to do: meet the residents at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, head outdoors with Port Douglas Microlights, and kick back and relax at Four Mile Beach.

To see photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Port Douglas online road trip 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. In August, plan for daily highs up to 31°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Four Mile Beach ©
Four Mile Beach

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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Fri): get engrossed in the history at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, take in the exciting artwork at Walkatjara Art, then trek along Kuniya Walk, and finally explore the striking landscape at Uluru. On the 10th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get outside with Walpa Gorge, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Kata Tjuta, and then hike along Uluru Hiking Path.

To find ratings, photos, and other tourist information, use the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip builder app .

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Port Douglas to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Port Douglas in August, you will find days in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park are a bit cooler (27°C), and nights are cooler (6°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) to allow enough 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.
Go for a jaunt from Melbourne to Werribee to see Werribee Open Range Zoo about 42 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Melbourne Zoo, admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Victoria, steep yourself in history at Old Melbourne Gaol, and take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens.

To see ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Melbourne online route planner .

You can fly from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Melbourne in 5 hours. Another option is to drive. Traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in August, expect nights in Melbourne to be about the same, around 6°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Museums Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Werribee Open Range Zoo
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Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum
Werribee Open Range Zoo ©
Werribee Open Range Zoo

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.
Spend the 15th (Thu) exploring nature at Sydney Harbour National Park. There's lots more to do: hike along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, tour the pleasant surroundings at The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk, take in nature's colorful creations at The Royal Botanic Garden, and explore the world behind art at Brett Whiteley Studio.

To see ratings, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Sydney trip maker .

Fly from Melbourne to Sydney in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Melbourne in August, with highs in Sydney at 22°C and lows at 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Sydney Harbour National Park
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Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach

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