19 days in Australia Itinerary

19 days in Australia Itinerary

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19 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
Fly:  25​h
1
Sydney
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Melbourne
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
3
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 3 nights
Fly + shuttle:  5​h 45​min
4
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
5
Cairns
— 5 nights
Fly:  23​h 15​min
End: Washington DC

2
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Bondi Beach and Dolphin & Whale Watching. Head to Sydney Fish Market and ATTY Galleryfor plenty of shopping. There's much more to do: stroll through Manly Beach, see a show at Sydney Opera House, take in the views from Sydney Harbour Bridge, and don't miss a visit to Queen Victoria Building.

For more things to do, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Sydney journey planner.

Washington DC, USA to Sydney is an approximately 25-hour flight. You can also do a combination of subway, bus, and flight; or do a combination of subway, bus, and flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) (AEST), which is usually a 15 hour difference. In July, Sydney is colder than Washington DC - with highs of 65°F and lows of 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Manly Beach
Manly Beach
Dolphin & Whale Watching

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.
Head to Melbourne Central and DFO South Wharffor plenty of shopping. Visiting Royal Botanic Gardens and Melbourne Zoo will get you outdoors. There's much more to do: hunt for treasures at South Melbourne Market, stop by Minotaur Entertainment Melbourne, and buy something for everyone on your list at Royal Arcade.

For traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Melbourne tour planner .

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Melbourne takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Sydney in August; daily highs in Melbourne reach 57°F and lows reach 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Melbourne

Shopping Parks Outdoors
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Melbourne Central ©
Melbourne Central
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo

3
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 Kata Tjuta. There's lots more to do: take in the exciting artwork at Walkatjara Art, admire the verdant scenery at Valley of the Winds, take some stellar pictures from Uluru, and hike along Kuniya Walk.

To find where to stay, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park day trip planning site .

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Melbourne in August: highs in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park hover around 74°F, while lows dip to 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta ©
Kata Tjuta
Kuniya Walk ©
Kuniya Walk

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.
Head to With Sugar and Ngarru Galleryfor some retail therapy. Visiting Safaris and Scuba & Snorkeling will get you outdoors. There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures and see the vivid underwater world at Opal Reef.

To see where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Port Douglas vacation site .

Getting from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Port Douglas by combination of flight and shuttle takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in August: high temperatures in Port Douglas hover around 80°F and lows are around 62°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

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.
You'll get in some beach time at Palm Cove Beach and Trinity Beach. Get in touch with nature at Scuba & Snorkeling and Green Arrow Walk. Take a break from Cairns with a short trip to Village Gallery in Palm Cove, about 34 minutes away. Spend the 12th (Mon) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. The adventure continues: stroll through Esplanade Boardwalk, get into the urban bustle at Tanks Arts Centre, take in the exciting artwork at Underart Gallery, and don't miss a visit to Regency Jewellers Pty Ltd.

To find where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Cairns trip maker app .

You can drive from Port Douglas to Cairns in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a shuttle. In August in Cairns, expect temperatures between 80°F during the day and 63°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Thu) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Tanks Arts Centre, Trinity Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk

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