19 days in Australia Itinerary

19 days in Australia Itinerary

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19 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Singapore
Fly:  15​h 15​min
1
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
2
Melbourne
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Canberra
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
4
Sydney
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
5
Lord Howe Island
— 1 night
+2
Fly + taxi + bus:  6​h 45​min
6
Airlie Beach
— 1 day
+3
ferry + foot + Fly + shuttle:  5​h 45​min
7
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
8
Cairns
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h 30​min
End: Singapore

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Uluru and Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre. Walkatjara Art and Valley of the Winds are good opportunities to explore the local culture. The adventure continues: take in the awesome beauty at Kata Tjuta, contemplate the waterfront views at Mutitjulu Waterhole, get outside with Walpa Gorge, and look for all kinds of wild species at Red Desert Reptiles.

For where to stay, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, use the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park online route maker .

Singapore, Singapore to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Singapore Time (SGT) to Australian Central Standard Time (Northern Territory) (ACST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. While traveling from Singapore, expect somewhat warmer days and slightly colder nights in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, ranging from highs of 42°C to lows of 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Red Desert Reptiles
Find places to stay Dec 20 — 22:
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Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta ©
Kata Tjuta
Kuniya Walk ©
Kuniya Walk

2
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Kids will enjoy Melbourne Museum and St. Kilda Beach. Take a break from the city and head to Melbourne Zoo and Trin Warren Tam-boore. Spend the 25th (Tue) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's lots more to do: learn about all things military at Shrine of Remembrance, take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck 88, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Scots Church.

For photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Melbourne online route planner .

Fly from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Melbourne in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in December, things will get slightly colder in Melbourne: highs are around 30°C and lows about 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Canberra.

Things to do in Melbourne

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

St. Kilda Beach
Find places to stay Dec 22 — 25:
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Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum
Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo

1
night
Canberra

Canberra ©
A planned city with streets laid out in elaborate, geometric patterns and founded specifically to serve as the capital of the emerging Australian state, Canberra has a self-sufficient atmosphere.
On the 26th (Wed), take an in-depth tour of Australian War Memorial, then engage your brain at Questacon, and then get a sense of history and politics at Parliament of Australia.

To find maps, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Canberra road trip website .

You can fly from Melbourne to Canberra in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can go by car to Sydney.

Things to do in Canberra

Museums Childrens Museums
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Australian War Memorial ©
Australian War Memorial
Questacon ©
Questacon
Parliament of Australia ©
Parliament of Australia

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Bondi Beach and Manly Beach. Get some cultural insight at The Rocks and Australian National Maritime Museum. Change things up with a short trip to Featherdale Wildlife Park in Blacktown (about 46 minutes away). Spend the 30th (Sun) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's much more to do: trek along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, look for all kinds of wild species at Muogamarra Nature Reserve, and enjoy the sand and surf at Clovelly.

To find traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Sydney road trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Canberra to Sydney takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Canberra in December since evenings lows in Sydney dip to 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to travel to Lord Howe Island.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Featherdale Wildlife Park
Find places to stay Dec 26 — 30:
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Manly Beach
Manly Beach
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk

1
night
Lord Howe Island

Lord Howe Island ©
Bursting out of the Tasman Sea, Lord Howe Island offers stunning scenery and many sandy beaches.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Mon): learn more about the world around you at Lord Howe Island Museum, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then kick back and relax at Ned's Beach.

To find traveler tips and other tourist information, go to the Lord Howe Island trip site .

Fly from Sydney to Lord Howe Island in 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) early enough to travel to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Lord Howe Island

Outdoors Adventure Tours
Find places to stay Dec 30 — 31:
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Ned's Beach ©
Ned's Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling
Lord Howe Island Museum ©
Lord Howe Island Museum

1
day
Airlie Beach

Very much a town with an emphasis on the tropical lifestyle, Airlie Beach offers exotic surroundings with palm trees and charming, sandy beaches.
On the 1st (Tue), discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Airlie Beach vacation maker .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Lord Howe Island to Airlie Beach takes 7 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Adventure Tours Wildlife
Find places to stay Dec 31 — Jan 1:
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Scuba & Snorkeling

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 Hartley's Crocodile Adventures. Escape the urban bustle at Safaris and Four Mile Beach. There's more to do: look for gifts at With Sugar.

To see where to stay, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Port Douglas trip itinerary builder .

Getting from Airlie Beach to Port Douglas by combination of ferry, flight, and shuttle takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle; or drive. In January, daily temperatures in Port Douglas can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can go by car to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Find places to stay Jan 1 — 4:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Safaris

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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sat): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On the next day, pause for some serene contemplation at St Monica's Cathedral, then enjoy the sand and surf at Trinity Beach, and then stroll through Palm Cove Beach.

To see traveler tips, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Cairns trip itinerary maker .

Getting from Port Douglas to Cairns by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a shuttle. In January in Cairns, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Adventure Tours

Side Trips

Trinity Beach, Palm Cove Beach
Find places to stay Jan 4 — 6:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach

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