19 days in Australia Itinerary

19 days in Australia Itinerary

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19 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Chicago
Fly:  22​h 30​min
1
Melbourne
— 5 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
2
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Cairns
— 5 nights
Fly:  5​h
4
Sydney
— 4 nights
Fly:  23​h
End: Chicago

5
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Shrine of Remembrance and St. Patrick's Cathedral. Discover out-of-the-way places like Art Gallery of Ballarat and Degraves Street. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Melbourne: Lake Daylesford (in Daylesford), Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park (in Pearcedale) and Ballarat (The Gold Museum & Ballarat Wildlife Park). There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum, admire the natural beauty at Melbourne Zoo, get engrossed in the history at Immigration Museum, and admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Victoria.

To find more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Melbourne sightseeing planner.

Chicago, USA to Melbourne is an approximately 22.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 16 hours traveling from Chicago to Melbourne. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Chicago in September, with highs in Melbourne at 63°F and lows at 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Museums Wildlife

Side Trips

Ballarat, Lake Daylesford, Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park
Find places to stay Sep 24 — 29:
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Art Gallery of Ballarat ©
Art Gallery of Ballarat
Ballarat Wildlife Park ©
Ballarat Wildlife Park

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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sat): hike along Uluru Hiking Path, view the masterpieces at Walkatjara Art, then identify plant and animal life at Kuniya Walk, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Uluru. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get outside with Walpa Gorge, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Kata Tjuta, and then take an in-depth tour of Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre.

For photos, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip site .

Getting from Melbourne to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Melbourne in September: high temperatures in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park hover around 83°F and lows are around 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Mon) to allow time for travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Yulara
Find places to stay Sep 29 — Oct 1:
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Kuniya Walk ©
Kuniya Walk
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga ©
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga
Uluru ©
Uluru

5
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 off the beaten path and head to Palm Cove Beach and Atherton Tablelands. Appreciate the collections at Rainforest Gems Gallery & Studio and The Crystal Caves. Get out of town with these interesting Cairns side-trips: Hartley's Crocodile Adventures (in Palm Cove) and Safaris (in Port Douglas). Spend the 2nd (Tue) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Cairns online tour builder .

Fly from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Cairns in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. When traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in October, plan for a bit cooler days in Cairns, with highs around 85°F, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 69°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Rainforest Gems Gallery & Studio, Safaris, The Crystal Caves
Find places to stay Oct 1 — 6:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach
Atherton Tablelands ©
Atherton Tablelands

4
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 discover tucked-away gems like Bradman Museum & International Cricket Hall of Fame and Dolphin & Whale Watching. Visit Bondi Beach and Manly Beach for some beach relaxation. And it doesn't end there: wander the streets of The Rocks, stroll through The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk, browse the eclectic array of goods at Sydney Fish Market, and see a show at Sydney Opera House.

To see ratings, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read Sydney attractions planning website .

Traveling by flight from Cairns to Sydney takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In October, Sydney is slightly colder than Cairns - with highs of 76°F and lows of 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Bradman Museum & International Cricket Hall of Fame
Find places to stay Oct 6 — 10:
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The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach

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