23 days in Australia Itinerary

23 days in Australia Itinerary

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23 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: New York City
bus + Fly:  23​h 15​min
1
Cairns
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
2
Port Douglas
— 4 nights
shuttle + Fly:  5​h 45​min
3
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
4
Melbourne
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
5
Sydney
— 6 nights
Fly + bus:  26​h
End: New York City

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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Scuba & Snorkeling and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Village Gallery and Michael Seebeck Gallery are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Change things up with a short trip to Palm Cove Beach in Palm Cove (about 32 minutes away). And it doesn't end there: stroll through Trinity Beach, hike along Esplanade Boardwalk, enjoy the sand and surf at Yorkeys Knob Beach, and explore the galleries of Underart Gallery.

To see photos, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read Cairns holiday planner.

New York City, USA to Cairns is an approximately 23.5-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of train, bus, and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from New York City to Cairns is 15 hours. Expect a daytime high around 79°F in June, and nighttime lows around 66°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can go by car to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Trinity Beach, Yorkeys Knob Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach

4
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.
Get in touch with nature at Scuba & Snorkeling and Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas. Do your shopping at Des Spencer Galleries and With Sugar. Get out of town with these interesting Port Douglas side-trips: Walu Wugirriga Lookout (in Cow Bay), Myall Beach (in Cape Tribulation) and Thornton Beach (in Thornton Beach). Spend the 3rd (Wed) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. There's more to do: relax in the rural setting at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures.

For photos, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Port Douglas trip itinerary planner .

Drive from Cairns to Port Douglas in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. June in Port Douglas sees daily highs of 79°F and lows of 65°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Cape Tribulation, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, Walu Wugirriga Lookout
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Walkatjara Art and Kata Tjuta. Step out of the city life by going to Uluru and Kuniya Walk. And it doesn't end there: get outside with Walpa Gorge, take in the pleasant sights at Lungkata Walk, explore the activities along Mutitjulu Waterhole, and stroll through Uluru Hiking Path.

To find maps, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park attractions planner.

Getting from Port Douglas to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park by combination of shuttle and flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive. Traveling from Port Douglas in July, expect nights in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to be much colder, around 39°F, while days are little chillier, around 69°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) to allow enough 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 ©
Kata Tjuta
Valley of the Winds ©
Valley of the Winds

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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Melbourne Museum and Werribee Open Range Zoo. Get some cultural insight at Melbourne Central and National Gallery of Victoria. There's much more to do: stroll through Melbourne Zoo, take a stroll through Degraves Street, see the interesting displays at National Sports Museum, and make a trip to Shrine of Remembrance.

To see ratings, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Melbourne road trip website .

Fly from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Melbourne in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in July: highs in Melbourne hover around 56°F, while lows dip to 42°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Werribee Open Range Zoo
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Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo
Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance

6
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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Sydney Fish Market and ATTY Gallery. We've included these beaches for you: Bondi Beach and Clovelly. Spend the 16th (Tue) exploring nature at Sydney Harbour National Park. There's lots more to do: listen to music at Sydney Opera House, enjoy the sand and surf at Manly Beach, admire the natural beauty at The Royal Botanic Garden, and trek along The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk.

To find more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Sydney attractions tool .

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Sydney takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. When traveling from Melbourne in July, plan for somewhat warmer days in Sydney, with highs around 65°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

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

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