19 days in Australia Itinerary

19 days in Australia Itinerary

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19 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Buenos Aires
Fly:  22​h
1
Melbourne
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
2
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 2 nights
Fly + shuttle:  5​h 45​min
3
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
4
Cairns
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
5
Lord Howe Island
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 30​min
6
Sydney
— 5 nights
Fly:  19​h 30​min
End: Buenos Aires

2
nights
Melbourne

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Melbourne is known for museums, shopping, parks, nightlife, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: tour the pleasant surroundings at Melbourne Zoo, admire the natural beauty at Fitzroy Gardens, contemplate the long history of Old Melbourne Gaol, and soar above the sights with a balloon tour.

For traveler tips, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read our Melbourne trip planner .

Buenos Aires, Argentina to Melbourne is an approximately 22-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 13 hours traveling from Buenos Aires to Melbourne. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Buenos Aires in December, with highs in Melbourne at 30°C and lows at 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Melbourne

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

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 3rd (Thu), trek along Kuniya Walk, then contemplate the waterfront views at Mutitjulu Waterhole, then explore the striking landscape at Uluru, and finally trek along Uluru Hiking Path. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Fri): head outdoors with Walpa Gorge, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Kata Tjuta, and then get engrossed in the history at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip planning site .

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Melbourne in January, things will get a bit warmer in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park: highs are around 43°C and lows about 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) 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 / Mount Olga ©
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga
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.
Spend the 5th (Sat) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 7th (Mon) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. There's still lots to do: experience rural life at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, don't miss a visit to St Mary’s by The Sea chapel, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas.

For other places to visit, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read Port Douglas day trip planning site .

You can do a combination of flight and shuttle from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Port Douglas in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in January, expect nights in Port Douglas to be about the same, around 28°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 37°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can go by car to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

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

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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Tue): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take a leisurely stroll along The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk, then enjoy some diversion at Esplanade Lagoon Pool, then take in the exciting artwork at Michael Seebeck Gallery, and finally hike along Esplanade Boardwalk.

To find where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Cairns day trip website .

Traveling by car from Port Douglas to Cairns takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. In January, daytime highs in Cairns are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to travel to Lord Howe Island.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk
Esplanade Lagoon Pool ©
Esplanade Lagoon Pool

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 10th (Thu): examine the collection at Lord Howe Island Museum, enjoy the sand and surf at Lagoon Beach, and then kick back and relax at Ned's Beach. Keep things going the next day: hike along Lord Howe Island Walking Trails, then take in the dramatic natural features at Ball's Pyramid, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt Gower.

To find maps, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Lord Howe Island travel route planner.

You can fly from Cairns to Lord Howe Island in 5.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) 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.
Sydney is known for nightlife, trails, beaches, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: hike along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, see a show at Sydney Opera House, appreciate the extensive heritage of The Rocks, and wander the streets of Darling Harbour.

To see more things to do, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read Sydney sightseeing planner.

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. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

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

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