19 days in Australia Itinerary

19 days in Australia Itinerary

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19 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Coimbatore
Fly + Drive:  20​h 45​min
1
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
2
Cairns
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
4
Melbourne
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
5
Lord Howe Island
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 30​min
6
Sydney
— 5 nights
Fly:  17​h 15​min
End: Coimbatore

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.
Kids will enjoy Scuba & Snorkeling and Four Mile Beach. Spend the 25th (Tue) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. There's more to do: meet the residents at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas and choose your vessel at Port Douglas Boat Hire.

To see photos, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Port Douglas tour builder site .

Coimbatore, India to Port Douglas is an approximately 21-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from India Standard Time (IST) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) (AEST) is 4 hours. In December, daytime highs in Port Douglas are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Four Mile Beach ©
Four Mile Beach

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.
Kids will enjoy Scuba & Snorkeling and Hartley's Crocodile Adventures. Take a break from Cairns with a short trip to Palm Cove Beach in Palm Cove, about 32 minutes away. There's much more to do: hike along Esplanade Boardwalk, enjoy some diversion at Esplanade Lagoon Pool, and let little ones run wild at Muddy's Playground.

For traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Cairns visit planner .

Getting from Port Douglas to Cairns by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. December in Cairns sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Palm Cove
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk

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.
On the 30th (Sun), trek along Uluru Hiking Path, then take an in-depth tour of Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, then trek along Kuniya Walk, and finally admire all the interesting features of Uluru. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: view the masterpieces at Walkatjara Art, take in the awesome beauty at Kata Tjuta, and then head outdoors with Walpa Gorge.

To see ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read our Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park route planner.

You can fly from Cairns to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 3.5 hours. Another option is to drive. When traveling from Cairns in December, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park: temperatures range from 42°C by day to 24°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature
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Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga ©
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga
Kuniya Walk ©
Kuniya Walk

2
nights
Melbourne

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Attractions like Melbourne Zoo and Eureka Skydeck 88 make great kid-friendly stops. There's still lots to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, steep yourself in history at Old Melbourne Gaol, tour the water at your own pace with Melbourne Boat Hire, and don't miss a visit to Flinders Street Station.

To find where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Melbourne trip tool .

Fly from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Melbourne in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can 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 3rd (Thu) so you can travel to Lord Howe Island.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Outdoors Tours
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Balloon Rides
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum

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 4th (Fri), learn more about the world around you at Lord Howe Island Museum, then stroll through Lagoon Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Ned's Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the awesome beauty at Mt Gower and then hike along Lord Howe Island Walking Trails.

For more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Lord Howe Island vacation planning app .

You can fly from Melbourne to Lord Howe Island in 5.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) 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

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 visit kid-friendly attractions like Bondi Beach and Coogee Beach. Next up on the itinerary: trek along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, admire the natural beauty at The Royal Botanic Garden, meet the residents at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, and see a show at Sydney Opera House.

To see traveler tips, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Sydney route maker app .

You can fly from Lord Howe Island to Sydney in 3.5 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Sydney can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. You will have some time to spend on the 10th (Thu) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Manly Beach
Manly Beach

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