23 days in Australia Itinerary

23 days in Australia Itinerary

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23 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Fly:  16​h 45​min
1
Sydney
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Melbourne
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
3
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
4
Cairns
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + foot + bus:  9​h
5
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)
— 2 nights
+3
bus + foot + Fly + shuttle:  11​h 15​min
6
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
+4
shuttle + Fly + Drive + ferry + Drive:  11​h 30​min
7
Fraser Island
— 2 nights
+3
Drive + ferry + Drive + Fly:  9​h 30​min
8
Lord Howe Island
— 1 day
Fly:  18​h
End: San Francisco

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.
Get in touch with nature at Bondi Beach and Coogee Beach. Visit Manly Beach and Shelly Beach for some beach relaxation. And it doesn't end there: wander the streets of The Rocks, tour the pleasant surroundings at Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, enjoy the sand and surf at Clovelly, and make a trip to Sydney Opera House.

To see more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Sydney route website .

San Francisco, USA to Sydney is an approximately 17-hour flight. You can also do a combination of subway and flight; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from San Francisco to Sydney is 18 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Sydney can reach 76°F, while at night they dip to 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Shelly Beach
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The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©

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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Old Melbourne Gaol and Hillsong Church. Get in touch with nature at Melbourne Zoo and St. Kilda Beach. And it doesn't end there: admire the striking features of Shrine of Remembrance, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Trinity College Chapel, take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck 88, and take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Melbourne visit planner .

Getting from Sydney to Melbourne by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Sydney in November since evenings lows in Melbourne dip to 50°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

St. Kilda Beach
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Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
St. Kilda Beach ©
St. Kilda Beach
Old Melbourne Gaol ©
Old Melbourne Gaol

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 6th (Wed), trek along Uluru Hiking Path, then get engrossed in the history at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, then trek along Kuniya Walk, and finally make a trip to Uluru. On your second day here, view the masterpieces at Walkatjara Art, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Kata Tjuta, and then head outdoors with Walpa Gorge.

To find photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip planner .

Getting from Melbourne to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive. Traveling from Melbourne in November, you will find days in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park are warmer (96°F), and nights are somewhat warmer (66°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature
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Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga ©
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga
Kuniya Walk ©
Kuniya Walk

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Scuba & Snorkeling and Palm Cove Beach. Go for a jaunt from Cairns to Palm Cove to see Hartley's Crocodile Adventures about 44 minutes away. There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Trinity Beach, pause for some serene contemplation at St Monica's Cathedral, and hike along Esplanade Boardwalk.

To see more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Cairns holiday planner .

You can fly from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Cairns in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in November: highs in Cairns hover around 87°F, while lows dip to 72°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can travel to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park).

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Trinity Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach

2
nights
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) ©
Jabiru is a town in the Northern Territory of Australia. Escape the urban bustle at Ubirr and Nourlangie Rock. Next up on the itinerary: take in the dramatic natural features at Maguk Gorge, identify plant and animal life at Yellow Water, and make a trip to Bardedjilidji Walk.

For traveler tips, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) travel route builder app .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Cairns to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trip

Kakadu National Park
Find places to stay Nov 10 — 13:
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Maguk Gorge ©
Maguk Gorge
Ubirr ©
Ubirr
Anbangbang Billabong ©
Anbangbang Billabong

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.
Get in touch with nature at Scuba & Snorkeling and Four Mile Beach. Spend the 15th (Fri) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. The adventure continues: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas and look for all kinds of wild species at Mossman Gorge.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Port Douglas trip planner .

Getting from Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) to Port Douglas by combination of bus, flight, and shuttle takes about 11.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car, flight, and shuttle; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 87°F in November, and nighttime lows around 72°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Mossman Gorge Centre
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Four Mile Beach ©
Four Mile Beach

2
nights
Fraser Island

Visiting Seventy-Five Mile Beach and Lake McKenzie will get you outdoors. Take a break from Fraser Island with a short trip to Dolphin & Whale Watching in Hervey Bay, about 52 minutes away.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Fraser Island day trip planning tool .

You can do a combination of shuttle, flight, ferry, and car from Port Douglas to Fraser Island in 11.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi, train, car, and ferry. Traveling from Port Douglas in November, expect slightly colder with lows of 65°F in Fraser Island. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Lord Howe Island.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Dolphin & Whale Watching
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Seventy-Five Mile Beach ©
Seventy-Five Mile Beach
Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie

1
day
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 20th (Wed): stroll through Lagoon Beach, then get a new perspective on nature at Lord Howe Island Museum, and then kick back and relax at Ned's Beach.

For traveler tips and other tourist information, use the Lord Howe Island online trip itinerary maker .

You can do a combination of car, ferry, and flight from Fraser Island to Lord Howe Island in 9.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Lord Howe Island

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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Ned's Beach ©
Ned's Beach
Lagoon Beach ©
Lagoon Beach
Lord Howe Island Museum ©
Lord Howe Island Museum

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