17 days in Australia Itinerary

17 days in Australia Itinerary

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17 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Kansas City
+2
bus + foot + Fly:  30​h
1
Melbourne
— 2 nights
Drive:  25​h
2
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 2 nights
3
Cairns
— 2 nights
4
Sydney
— 4 nights
Fly:  22​h 45​min
End: Kansas City

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.
Old Melbourne Gaol and Shrine of Remembrance will appeal to history buffs. Do some cultural sightseeing at Melbourne Museum and ArtVo. The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Melbourne Zoo, enjoy the sand and surf at St. Kilda Beach, immerse yourself in nature at Warrandyte State Park, and enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck 88.

For other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Melbourne trip itinerary planner .

Kansas City, USA to Melbourne is an approximately 30-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Victoria), which is usually a 16 hour difference. In December, Melbourne is warmer than Kansas City - with highs of 78°F and lows of 54°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trip

St. Kilda Beach
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Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum
Old Melbourne Gaol ©
Old Melbourne Gaol

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 25th (Tue): take in the exciting artwork at Walkatjara Art and then get engrossed in the history at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Kuniya Walk, then don't miss a visit to Uluru, and then hike along Uluru Hiking Path.

To find ratings and more tourist information, go to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip itinerary website .

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In December, Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is somewhat warmer than Melbourne - with highs of 97°F and lows of 71°F. On the 27th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Kuniya Walk ©
Kuniya Walk
Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta ©
Kata Tjuta

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 29th (Sat): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On the next day, head outdoors with Esplanade Lagoon Pool, then pause for some serene contemplation at St Monica's Cathedral, and then stroll through Palm Cove Beach.

For reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Cairns trip maker .

Getting from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Cairns by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive. When traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in December, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Cairns: temperatures range from 88°F by day to 73°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trip

Palm Cove Beach
Find places to stay Dec 28 — 30:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach
Esplanade Lagoon Pool ©
Esplanade Lagoon Pool

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at The Rocks and Darling Harbour. You'll get in some beach time at Bondi Beach and Manly Beach. Go for a jaunt from Sydney to Blacktown to see Featherdale Wildlife Park about 46 minutes away. Spend the 4th (Fri) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Next up on the itinerary: see a show at Sydney Opera House, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, tour the pleasant surroundings at Clovelly, and trek along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk.

To find photos, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Sydney driving holiday planning site .

Fly from Cairns to Sydney in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Cairns in December, with highs in Sydney at 81°F and lows at 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

Featherdale Wildlife Park
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©

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