19 days in Australia Itinerary

19 days in Australia Itinerary

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19 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Kolkata (Calcutta)
Fly:  15​h 30​min
1
Cairns
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
2
Port Douglas
— 4 nights
shuttle + Fly:  5​h 45​min
3
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
4
Melbourne
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
5
Sydney
— 5 nights
Fly:  16​h 15​min
End: Kolkata (Calcutta)

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Scuba & Snorkeling and Palm Cove Beach. Step out of Cairns to go to Palm Cove and see Village Gallery, which is approximately 34 minutes away. Spend the 25th (Wed) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. The adventure continues: stroll through Esplanade Boardwalk.

To find out how to plan a trip to Cairns, use our trip itinerary maker.

Kolkata (Calcutta), India to Cairns is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Kolkata (Calcutta) to Cairns, you'll lose 4 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Kolkata (Calcutta) in December, expect Cairns to be somewhat warmer, temps between 36°C and 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can take a bus to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Palm Cove
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach

4
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Scuba & Snorkeling and Thornton Beach. Head to With Sugar and Ngarru Galleryfor plenty of shopping. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Port Douglas: Myall Beach (in Cape Tribulation) and Tranquility Falls (in Daintree). Spend the 28th (Sat) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. There's more to do: identify plant and animal life at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures and explore the gorgeous colors at Opal Reef.

Make your Port Douglas itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Getting from Cairns to Port Douglas by bus takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a shuttle. In December, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Cape Tribulation, Tranquility Falls, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Find places to stay Dec 26 — 30:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Walkatjara Art and Walpa Gorge. Step out of the city life by going to Uluru and Kata Tjuta. There's lots more to do: admire the verdant scenery at Valley of the Winds, make a trip to Field of Light, get great views at Uluru, and explore the activities along Mutitjulu Waterhole.

To see more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park route planner .

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Port Douglas to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Port Douglas in December: highs in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park hover around 42°C, while lows dip to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) to allow time 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

2
nights
Melbourne

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Melbourne Central and Shrine of Remembrance are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get outdoors at Royal Botanic Gardens and Balloon Rides. The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum, hunt for treasures at Degraves Street, contemplate the long history of Old Melbourne Gaol, and explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Victoria.

For reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Melbourne visit planner.

Getting from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Melbourne by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in January: high temperatures in Melbourne hover around 32°C and lows are around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums Neighborhoods Historic Sites
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Balloon Rides
Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance
Old Melbourne Gaol ©
Old Melbourne Gaol

5
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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Bondi Beach and Clovelly Beach. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Sydney Fish Market and Brett Whiteley Studio. And it doesn't end there: trek along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, wander the streets of Darling Harbour, examine the collection at Australian National Maritime Museum, and contemplate the long history of Vaucluse House.

To find where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Sydney trip planner.

You can fly from Melbourne to Sydney in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Traveling from Melbourne in January, Sydney is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©

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