19 days in Australia Itinerary

19 days in Australia Itinerary

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19 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  23​h 15​min
1
Cairns
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
2
Port Douglas
— 4 nights
shuttle + Fly:  7​h 30​min
3
Lord Howe Island
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 30​min
4
Sydney
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
5
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  34​h
End: London

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Scuba & Snorkeling and Nature & Wildlife Tours. There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Trinity Beach, take a leisurely stroll along The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk, and trek along Esplanade Boardwalk.

For traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Cairns road trip planning tool .

London, UK to Cairns is an approximately 23.5-hour flight. You'll lose 10 hours traveling from London to Cairns due to the time zone difference. Traveling from London in December, things will get much hotter in Cairns: highs are around 36°C and lows about 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can go by car to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk, Trinity Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach

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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.
Relax by the water at Thornton Beach and Myall Beach. Take a break from the city and head to Scuba & Snorkeling and Safaris. Take a break from Port Douglas with a short trip to Palm Cove Beach in Palm Cove, about 42 minutes away. There's more to do: identify plant and animal life at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures and get outside with Horses in Port.

To find ratings, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, go to the Port Douglas trip planner .

You can drive from Cairns to Port Douglas in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; 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 22nd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Lord Howe Island.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Cape Tribulation, Palm Cove
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

1
night
Lord Howe Island

Lord Howe Island ©
Bursting out of the Tasman Sea, Lord Howe Island offers stunning scenery and many sandy beaches.
On the 23rd (Sun), examine the collection at Lord Howe Island Museum, enjoy the sand and surf at Lagoon Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Ned's Beach. On the 24th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the awesome beauty at Mt Gower, then take in the dramatic natural features at Ball's Pyramid, and then trek along Lord Howe Island Walking Trails.

To find reviews, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Lord Howe Island trip itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Port Douglas to Lord Howe Island in 7.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Lord Howe Island

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Ned's Beach ©
Ned's Beach
Lagoon Beach ©
Lagoon Beach
Lord Howe Island Walking Trails ©
Lord Howe Island Walking Trails

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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.
Take a break from the city and head to Bondi Beach and Coogee Beach. Visit Manly Beach and Murray Rose Pool for some beach relaxation. There's much more to do: see a show at Sydney Opera House, get to know the fascinating history of The Rocks, kick back and relax at Clovelly, and hike along The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk.

To find reviews, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Sydney trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by flight from Lord Howe Island to Sydney takes 3.5 hours. December in Sydney sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 21°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Sydney

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

3
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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.
Visiting Uluru and Mutitjulu Waterhole will get you outdoors. Kata Tjuta and Kuniya Walk are good opportunities to explore the local culture. The adventure continues: appreciate the views at Valley of the Winds, go for a walk through Field of Light, get engrossed in the history at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Uluru Hiking Path.

Start your trip to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Sydney 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 31st (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

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

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