19 days in Australia Itinerary

19 days in Australia Itinerary

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19 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Chicago
Fly:  23​h
1
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
2
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 4 nights
+2
Fly + foot + bus:  9​h 15​min
3
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)
— 3 nights
+2
bus + foot + Fly:  10​h 30​min
4
Cairns
— 4 nights
Fly:  21​h 30​min
End: Chicago

3
nights
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.
Get in touch with nature at Bondi Beach and Wentworth Falls. Get a sense of the local culture at Sydney Opera House and Nan Tien Temple. Go for a jaunt from Sydney to Albion Park Rail to see Historical Aircraft Restoration Society about 1h 40 min away. There's lots more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of The Rocks, get interesting insight from Tours, tour the pleasant surroundings at Manly Beach, and make a trip to Sydney Harbour Bridge.

For ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Sydney trip planning website .

Chicago, USA to Sydney is an approximately 23-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Chicago to Sydney is 16 hours. While traveling from Chicago, expect little chillier days and cooler nights in Sydney, ranging from highs of 65°F to lows of 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Historical Aircraft Restoration Society, Wentworth Falls, Nan Tien Temple
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Manly Beach
Manly Beach

4
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Valley of the Winds and Kata Tjuta. Get some cultural insight at Uluru and Uluru Hiking Path. There's still lots to do: trek along Kuniya Walk, head outdoors with Walpa Gorge, go for a walk through Lungkata Walk, and explore the galleries of Walkatjara Art.

To find traveler tips, maps, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park sightseeing planner .

You can fly from Sydney to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 5.5 hours. Another option is to drive. Traveling from Sydney in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, with lows of 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park).

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Uluru ©
Uluru
Valley of the Winds ©
Valley of the Winds
Kata Tjuta ©
Kata Tjuta

3
nights
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) ©
Jabiru is a town in the Northern Territory of Australia. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Nourlangie Rock and Cahills Crossing. Escape the urban bustle at Maguk Gorge and Twin Falls. There's still lots to do: explore the ancient world of Ubirr, don't miss a visit to Mirrai Lookout, look for all kinds of wild species at Mamukala Billabong, and take in the dramatic natural features at Nourlangie Rock.

To see reviews, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) driving holiday planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) takes 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and car. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Kakadu National Park
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Nourlangie Rock ©
Nourlangie Rock
Ubirr ©
Ubirr
Yellow Water ©
Yellow Water

4
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Historic Village Herberton and Millaa Millaa Falls. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Bones and Jones and St Monica's Cathedral. Change things up with these side-trips from Cairns: Palm Cove (Hartley's Crocodile Adventures & Kayaking & Canoeing) and Safaris (in Port Douglas). Spend the 21st (Sun) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's still lots to do: hike along Esplanade Boardwalk, take in the dramatic scenery at Josephine Falls, and take in the exciting artwork at Doongal Aboriginal Art.

To find photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Cairns trip planner .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) to Cairns in 10.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and flight; or drive. In July, daytime highs in Cairns are 79°F, while nighttime lows are 64°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Millaa Millaa Falls, Historic Village Herberton, Crystal Cascades, Safaris, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Find places to stay Jul 20 — 25:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

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