19 days in Australia Itinerary

19 days in Australia Itinerary

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19 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Geneva
+2
Fly + shuttle + bus:  31​h
1
Cape Tribulation
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
3
Cairns
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
4
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
5
Melbourne
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 30​min
6
Sydney
— 5 nights
Fly:  26​h
End: Geneva

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Tue): relax in the rural setting at Cape Trib Farm and then look for all kinds of wild species at Daintree Rainforest - Cooper Creek Wilderness. On your second day here, take in the dramatic scenery at Bloomfield Waterfall, then kick back and relax at Myall Beach, and then hike along Dubuji Boardwalk.

For ratings, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Cape Tribulation holiday maker app .

Geneva, Switzerland to Cape Tribulation is an approximately 31-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central European Time (CET) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) (AEST), which is usually a 9 hour difference. In July, daily temperatures in Cape Tribulation can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Wed) early enough to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Bloomfield Waterfall
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Dubuji Boardwalk ©
Dubuji Boardwalk
Myall Beach ©
Myall Beach
Cape Trib Farm ©
Cape Trib Farm

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 (Thu): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri): explore and take pictures at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, then meet the residents at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, and then look for gifts at With Sugar.

To see reviews, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Port Douglas online tour itinerary builder .

Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Cape Tribulation to Port Douglas takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. July in Port Douglas sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas ©
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas

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 3rd (Sat): identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Esplanade Boardwalk, then let the kids burn off some steam at Muddy's Playground, then admire the natural beauty at Munro Martin Parklands, and finally pause for some photo ops at Cairns Cenotaph.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Cairns road trip tool .

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, plan for daily highs up to 31°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk
Munro Martin Parklands ©
Munro Martin Parklands

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.
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is known for nature, museums, outdoors, trails, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire all the interesting features of Uluru, stroll through Uluru Hiking Path, take in the exciting artwork at Walkatjara Art, and explore the striking landscape at Kata Tjuta.

To find more things to do and more tourist information, read Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip planner.

Fly from Cairns to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Cairns in August, expect nights in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to be cooler, around 6°C, while days are slightly colder, around 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Melbourne.

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
Valley of the Winds ©
Valley of the Winds

1
night
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
On the 8th (Thu), meet the residents at Melbourne Zoo and then admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens. On the 9th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum, examine the collection at National Sports Museum, then enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck 88, and finally have some family-friendly fun at Zero Latency.

To see reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read Melbourne online attractions planner .

Fly from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Melbourne in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. When traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in August, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Melbourne: temperatures range from 16°C by day to 6°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Museums Zoos & Aquariums
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Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum
Eureka Skydeck ©
Eureka Skydeck

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.
Spend the 11th (Sun) exploring nature at Sydney Harbour National Park. There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Bondi Beach, stroll through Manly Beach, take a stroll through Darling Harbour, and catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House.

For maps, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Sydney trip itinerary builder tool .

You can fly from Melbourne to Sydney in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Melbourne in August, with highs in Sydney at 22°C and lows at 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Sydney Harbour National Park
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Manly Beach
Manly Beach

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