19 days in Australia Itinerary

19 days in Australia Itinerary

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19 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Sydney
1
Sydney
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Melbourne
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
3
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + taxi + bus:  12​h 15​min
4
Whitsunday Island
— 1 night
Fly + shuttle:  4​h
5
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Cairns
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h 30​min
7
Hobart
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
End: Sydney


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.
Get some cultural insight at The Rocks and Australian National Maritime Museum. Visit Bondi Beach and Coogee Beach for some beach relaxation. And it doesn't end there: stop by Sydney Fish Market, snap pictures at Sydney Harbour Bridge, kick back and relax at Manly Beach, and shop like a local with Queen Victoria Building (QVB).

To find ratings, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Sydney route builder app .

If you are flying in from Ecuador, the closest major airport is Sydney Kingsford Smith International Airport. In January, daily temperatures in Sydney can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Darling Harbour
Darling Harbour

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.
Do your shopping at Melbourne Central and Readings Book Shop. Get some historical perspective at Old Melbourne Gaol and Shrine of Remembrance. There's lots more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, enjoy the sand and surf at Sandridge Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at St. Kilda Beach, and see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum.

To find maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Melbourne day trip website .

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Melbourne takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Sydney in January, expect a bit cooler with lows of 17°C in Melbourne. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trip

St. Kilda Beach
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Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance
Old Melbourne Gaol ©
Old Melbourne Gaol

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 Uluru and Kata Tjuta. The adventure continues: contemplate the waterfront views at Mutitjulu Waterhole, identify plant and animal life at Red Desert Reptiles, get outside with Walpa Gorge, and take in the pleasant sights at Field of Light.

For more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park holiday app .

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Melbourne in January; daily highs in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park reach 43°C and lows reach 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Whitsunday Island.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Red Desert Reptiles
Find places to stay Jan 24 — 26:
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Walkatjara Art ©
Walkatjara Art
Uluru ©
Uluru
Valley of the Winds ©
Valley of the Winds

1
night
Whitsunday Island

Whitsunday Island ©
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Sun): contemplate the waterfront views at Hill Inlet and then enjoy the sand and surf at Whitehaven Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: head off the coast to Whitsunday Islands National Park.

To find other places to visit, maps, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Whitsunday Island trip builder website .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Whitsunday Island takes 12.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. While traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Whitsunday Island, ranging from highs of 36°C to lows of 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Whitsunday Island

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Hill Inlet ©
Hill Inlet
Whitehaven Beach ©
Whitehaven Beach

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Tue): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On the next day, do a tasting at Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery, kick back and relax at Four Mile Beach, then look for gifts at With Sugar, then stop by Coffee Works, and finally browse the eclectic array of goods at Sunday Market Port Douglas.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Port Douglas trip planning app .

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Whitsunday Island to Port Douglas takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle; or do a combination of train and taxi. In January in Port Douglas, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Adventure Tours

Side Trip

Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery
Find places to stay Jan 28 — 30:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Four Mile Beach ©
Four Mile Beach
Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery ©
Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery

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.
On the 31st (Thu), see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Keep things going the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at St Monica's Cathedral, get into the urban bustle at Tanks Arts Centre, then stop by Australian Leather Company, and finally stop by WetRez.

To find photos, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Cairns vacation planning site .

You can drive from Port Douglas to Cairns in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. In January, daily temperatures in Cairns can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) early enough to travel to Hobart.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Adventure Tours

Side Trip

Tanks Arts Centre
Find places to stay Jan 30 — Feb 1:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
St Monica's Cathedral ©
St Monica's Cathedral
Tanks Arts Centre ©
Tanks Arts Centre

2
nights
Hobart

Hobart ©
Snaking up the side of a rounded, tree-dotted hill, Hobart sits between Tasmania’s sprawling mountains and the vast estuary of the River Derwent.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sat): contemplate the long history of Cascades Female Factory Historic Site, enjoy the sand and surf at Bellerive Beach, then see the interesting displays at Mona, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Kingston Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: identify plant and animal life at Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary, snap pictures at Richmond Bridge, then kick back and relax at Seven Mile Beach, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Battery Point Sculpture Trail.

To find other places to visit, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Hobart holiday planning app .

Getting from Cairns to Hobart by flight takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. When traveling from Cairns in February, plan for little chillier days and colder nights in Hobart: temperatures range from 26°C by day to 14°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Hobart

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Richmond Bridge, Kingston Beach, Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary, Bellerive Beach, Museum of Old and New Art
Find places to stay Feb 1 — 3:
Highlights from your plan
Bellerive Beach ©
Bellerive Beach
Museum of Old and New Art ©
Museum of Old and New Art
Cascades Female Factory Historic Site ©

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