17 days in Australia Itinerary

17 days in Australia Itinerary

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17 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Boston
Fly:  23​h 30​min
1
Cairns
— 1 night
bus:  1​h 15​min
2
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
+3
shuttle + Fly + foot + bus:  11​h 45​min
3
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)
— 1 day
+2
bus + foot + Fly:  9​h 15​min
4
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 45​min
5
Melbourne
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 30​min
6
Sydney
— 6 nights
Fly:  25​h
End: Boston

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Fri): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On the next day, admire the masterpieces at Cairns Art Gallery, enjoy the sand and surf at Trinity Beach, and then stroll through Palm Cove Beach.

For where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Cairns trip planner .

Boston, USA to Cairns is an approximately 23.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus, train, and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 15 hours traveling from Boston to Cairns. Expect a daytime high around 80°F in August, and nighttime lows around 63°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can take a bus to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Trinity Beach, Palm Cove Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach

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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Sun): look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas. On your second day here, explore and take pictures at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, get to know the resident critters at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, and then hunt for treasures at Sunday Market Port Douglas.

For reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read Port Douglas driving holiday planner .

Traveling by bus from Cairns to Port Douglas takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. August in Port Douglas sees daily highs of 80°F and lows of 62°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to travel to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park).

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Sunday Market Port Douglas ©
Sunday Market Port Douglas

1
day
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) ©
Jabiru is a town in the Northern Territory of Australia. Kick off your visit on the 11th (Tue): look for all kinds of wild species at Maguk Gorge, then identify plant and animal life at Anbangbang Billabong, and then contemplate the long history of Nourlangie Rock.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) road trip planning app .

Do a combination of shuttle, flight, and bus from Port Douglas to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) in 12 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and car; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Wildlife Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Kakadu National Park
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Maguk Gorge ©
Maguk Gorge
Nourlangie Rock ©
Nourlangie Rock
Anbangbang Billabong ©
Anbangbang Billabong

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.
On the 12th (Wed), identify plant and animal life at Kuniya Walk, take in the dramatic natural features at Uluru, and then head outdoors with Walpa Gorge. Here are some ideas for day two: get advice or help at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, then take in the awesome beauty at Kata Tjuta, and then appreciate the views at Valley of the Winds.

For more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park online road trip planner .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park takes 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and flight. In August in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, expect temperatures between 74°F during the day and 42°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) 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
Valley of the Winds ©
Valley of the Winds

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 14th (Fri): get a taste of the local shopping with Melbourne Central, then examine the collection at Melbourne Museum, and then take a stroll through Collins St/Swanston St. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Victoria, make a trip to Shrine of Remembrance, then get a taste of the local shopping with Degraves Street, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Melbourne Star Observation Wheel.

For ratings, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Melbourne trip maker .

You can fly from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Melbourne in 5 hours. Another option is to drive. When traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in August, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Melbourne: temperatures range from 57°F by day to 42°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums Neighborhoods Shopping
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Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum
Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance
National Gallery of Victoria ©
National Gallery of Victoria

6
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at The Rocks and The National Pass. Head to Sydney Fish Market and ICC Sydneyfor some retail therapy. Step out of Sydney to go to Katoomba and see Blue Mountains Cultural Centre, which is approximately 1h 40 min away. There's still lots to do: stroll through Bondi Beach, don't miss a visit to Queen Victoria Building, snap pictures at Sydney Harbour Bridge, and observe the fascinating underwater world at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium.

To see where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Sydney road trip website .

You can fly from Melbourne to Sydney in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Melbourne in August: high temperatures in Sydney hover around 66°F and lows are around 49°F. On the 21st (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Blue Mountains Cultural Centre, The National Pass
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House

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