19 days in Australia Itinerary

19 days in Australia Itinerary

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19 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
1
Melbourne
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
2
Brisbane
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + taxi + bus:  8​h 15​min
3
Cape Tribulation
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
Cairns
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
5
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 3 nights
Fly + train:  7​h 30​min
6
Katoomba
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
7
Sydney
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
End: Melbourne

3
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: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck 88, brush up on your military savvy at Shrine of Remembrance, and admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Victoria.

To see reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Melbourne online trip builder .

If you are flying in from Canada, the closest major airport is Melbourne International Airport. In November in Melbourne, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Melbourne

Tours Museums Parks
Find places to stay Nov 18 — 21:
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Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum

2
nights
Brisbane

Brisbane ©
Queensland’s biggest town and state capital, Brisbane has an attractive, manicured image based around its riverside aesthetic as well as the contrast between its high-rise center and extensive urban greenery.
On the 21st (Wed), admire the natural beauty at Roma Street Parkland and then let little ones run wild at South Bank Parklands. On the next day, get in on the family fun at Sea World Theme Park.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Brisbane online itinerary planner .

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Brisbane takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from Melbourne in November, things will get a bit warmer in Brisbane: highs are around 31°C and lows about 21°C. On the 23rd (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Cape Tribulation.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Theme Parks

Side Trip

Sea World Theme Park
Find places to stay Nov 21 — 23:
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South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Sea World Theme Park ©
Sea World Theme Park
Mount Coot-tha Lookout ©
Mount Coot-tha Lookout

2
nights
Cape Tribulation

Cape Tribulation ©
A lush headland that's part of the forested Daintree Region, Cape Tribulation was so named by Lieutenant--later Captain--Cook in 1770, when his ship ran aground in the area.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Sat): go for a walk through Marrdja Botanical Walk, then experience rural life at Cape Trib Farm, and then identify plant and animal life at Daintree Rainforest - Cooper Creek Wilderness. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Sun): view the masterpieces at Floravilla Ice Cream Factory and then get curious at Daintree Discovery Centre.

To find photos, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Cape Tribulation day trip planning website .

Traveling by combination of flight and car from Brisbane to Cape Tribulation takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and car. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Brisbane in November, with highs in Cape Tribulation at 36°C and lows at 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

Parks Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Daintree Discovery Centre, Floravilla Ice Cream Factory
Find places to stay Nov 23 — 25:
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Daintree Discovery Centre ©
Daintree Discovery Centre
Marrdja Botanical Walk ©
Marrdja Botanical Walk
Cape Trib Farm ©
Cape Trib Farm

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.
On the next day, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For photos, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Cairns trip builder .

Do a combination of car, ferry, and bus from Cape Tribulation to Cairns in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, ferry, and shuttle; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in November, and nighttime lows around 26°C. On the 28th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Find places to stay Nov 25 — 28:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Esplanade Lagoon Pool ©
Esplanade Lagoon Pool

3
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 28th (Wed): view the masterpieces at Walkatjara Art. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get outside with Walpa Gorge, then hike along Kuniya Walk, and then explore the striking landscape at Uluru.

To see maps, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park road trip planning app .

Getting from Cairns to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive. When traveling from Cairns in November, plan for somewhat warmer days and slightly colder nights in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park: temperatures range from 41°C by day to 22°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can travel to Katoomba.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Find places to stay Nov 28 — Dec 1:
Highlights from your plan
Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta ©
Kata Tjuta
Valley of the Winds ©
Valley of the Winds

3
nights
Katoomba

Katoomba ©
Located off of the Great Western Highway, Katoomba is the main hub of the City of Blue Mountains.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Sat): take some stellar pictures from Govetts Leap. On the 2nd (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: trek along The Giant Stairway, make a trip to Echo Point Lookout, then admire the sheer force of Katoomba Falls, and finally make a trip to Leura Cascades.

To see maps, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Katoomba route planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Katoomba takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in December, expect Katoomba to be a bit cooler, temps between 34°C and 19°C. You will have some time to spend on the 4th (Tue) before leaving for Sydney.

Things to do in Katoomba

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Leura, Govetts Leap, The National Pass
Find places to stay Dec 1 — 4:
Highlights from your plan
Wentworth Falls ©
Wentworth Falls
Everglades Historic House and Gardens ©
The National Pass ©
The National Pass

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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.
On the 4th (Tue), admire the natural beauty at The Royal Botanic Garden and then wander the streets of The Rocks. On the 5th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: kick back and relax at Bondi Beach, then take in the views from Sydney Harbour Bridge, and then take a stroll through Darling Harbour.

For photos, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read Sydney tour itinerary site .

Drive from Katoomba to Sydney in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In December in Sydney, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 21°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 6th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Sydney

Neighborhoods Parks Outdoors
Find places to stay Dec 4 — 6:
Highlights from your plan
The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney ©
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney

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