19 days in Australia Itinerary

19 days in Australia Itinerary

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19 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Houston
Fly:  21​h 15​min
1
Brisbane
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Lord Howe Island
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
4
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 2 nights
Fly + taxi:  2​h
5
Alice Springs
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 15​min
6
Darwin
— 1 night
+2
Fly + shuttle + bus:  11​h
7
Cape Tribulation
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h 45​min
8
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
9
Cairns
— 3 nights
Fly:  21​h 45​min
End: Houston

1
night
Brisbane

Brisbane ©
Queensland’s biggest town and state capital, Brisbane has an attractive, manicured image based around its riverside aesthetic as well as the contrast between its high-rise center and extensive urban greenery.
You've now added Australia Zoo to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 20th (Fri): look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary and then let little ones run wild at South Bank Parklands. Keep things going the next day: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Australia Zoo.

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Houston, USA to Brisbane is an approximately 21.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland), which is usually a 16 hour difference. Traveling from Houston in December, things will get a bit warmer in Brisbane: highs are around 82°F and lows about 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can travel to Lord Howe Island.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Wildlife

Side Trip

Australia Zoo
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Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Australia Zoo ©
Australia Zoo
South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands

2
nights
Lord Howe Island

Lord Howe Island ©
Bursting out of the Tasman Sea, Lord Howe Island offers stunning scenery and many sandy beaches.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, enjoy the sand and surf at Ned's Beach, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Lord Howe Island Walking Trails. On the 23rd (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt Gower and then enjoy the sand and surf at Lagoon Beach.

For where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Lord Howe Island trip itinerary planning site .

Fly from Brisbane to Lord Howe Island in 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Lord Howe Island

Outdoors Parks 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

3
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've now added Sydney Harbour Bridge to your itinerary. Take a break from the city and head to Bondi Beach and Clovelly. Family-friendly places like Manly Beach and Coogee Beach will thrill your kids. Spend the 26th (Thu) exploring nature at Sydney Harbour National Park. Next up on the itinerary: hike along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, see a show at Sydney Opera House, enjoy the sand and surf at Freshwater Beach, and meet the residents at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium.

To find ratings, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Sydney road trip site .

You can fly from Lord Howe Island to Sydney in 3.5 hours. In December in Sydney, expect temperatures between 81°F during the day and 65°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Sydney Harbour National Park
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Manly Beach
Manly Beach

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 27th (Fri), trek along Kuniya Walk, contemplate the waterfront views at Mutitjulu Waterhole, then take in the dramatic natural features at Uluru, then get engrossed in the history at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, and finally stroll through Uluru Hiking Path. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: appreciate the views at Valley of the Winds, take in the awesome beauty at Kata Tjuta, and then head outdoors with Walpa Gorge.

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Traveling by flight from Sydney to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Sydney in December, you will find days in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park are somewhat warmer (97°F), and nights are about the same (70°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Alice Springs.

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
Kuniya Walk ©
Kuniya Walk

1
night
Alice Springs

Alice Springs ©
Situated right in the heart of Australia, Alice Springs serves as an urban oasis deep within the country’s parched, desert-like Red Center.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sun): take in the awesome beauty at Mount Gillen, then take a memorable tour with Tours, and then identify plant and animal life at Alice Springs Desert Park.

For more things to do and other tourist information, refer to the Alice Springs attractions app .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Alice Springs in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. December in Alice Springs sees daily highs of 95°F and lows of 69°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can travel to Darwin.

Things to do in Alice Springs

Parks Tours Wildlife
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Alice Springs Desert Park ©
Alice Springs Desert Park
Mount Gillen ©
Mount Gillen
Walking tours

1
night
Darwin

The smallest of Australia’s state capitals, Darwin has nevertheless become an attractive and important urban center, being simultaneously one of the country’s most modernized cities and a gateway to both the Top End region and South East Asia.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Mon): get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

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You can fly from Alice Springs to Darwin in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Alice Springs in December, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Darwin, with lows around 77°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Cape Tribulation.

Things to do in Darwin

Tours Wildlife Outdoors
Find places to stay Dec 29 — 30:
Highlights from your plan
Nature & Wildlife Tours

1
day
Cape Tribulation

Cape Tribulation ©
A lush headland that's part of the forested Daintree Region, Cape Tribulation was so named by Lieutenant--later Captain--Cook in 1770, when his ship ran aground in the area.
On the 31st (Tue), engage your brain at Daintree Discovery Centre, identify plant and animal life at Daintree Rainforest - Cooper Creek Wilderness, and then stroll through Myall Beach.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Cape Tribulation journey maker website .

You can do a combination of flight and car from Darwin to Cape Tribulation in 11 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 88°F in December, and nighttime lows around 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Daintree Discovery Centre
Find places to stay Dec 31 — Jan 1:
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Myall Beach ©
Myall Beach
Daintree Discovery Centre ©
Daintree Discovery Centre

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 1st (Wed): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Here are some ideas for day two: take a memorable tour with Tours.

To find ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Port Douglas tour planning website .

Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Cape Tribulation to Port Douglas takes 2 hours. December in Port Douglas sees daily highs of 88°F and lows of 73°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to drive to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Tours Wildlife Outdoors
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Esplanade Lagoon Pool. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Scuba & Snorkeling and Trinity Beach. Take a break from the city and head to Palm Cove Beach and Nature & Wildlife Tours. There's still lots to do: hike along Esplanade Boardwalk.

For more things to do, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Cairns trip planner .

Traveling by car from Port Douglas to Cairns takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. Expect a daytime high around 89°F in January, and nighttime lows around 75°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Palm Cove Beach, Trinity Beach
Find places to stay Jan 2 — 5:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk

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