Route & dates
24 days in Australia Itinerary
Cairns— 4 nights
bus: 1h 15min
Port Douglas— 4 nights
shuttle + Fly: 5h 45min
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park— 2 nights
Fly: 4h 45min
Melbourne— 2 nights
Fly: 3h 30min
Sydney— 4 nights
Fly: 3h 45min
Brisbane— 3 nights
Fly: 23h 30min
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The Gateway to the Great Barrier Reef
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.For shopping fun, head to Village Gallery or Underart Gallery. Visiting Scuba & Snorkeling and Trinity Beach will get you outdoors. Change things up with these side-trips from Cairns: Palm Cove (Palm Cove Beach & Spas & Wellness). Spend the 15th (Sun) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's lots more to do: choose your vessel at Shaolin Junk Cruises, trek along Esplanade Boardwalk, make a trip to Freshwater Station, and admire the masterpieces at Samurai Gallery Australia.
To see traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read Cairns online trip builder .
Detroit, USA to Cairns is an approximately 27-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and car. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland), which is usually a 15 hour difference. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Detroit in September, with highs in Cairns at 83°F and lows at 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can drive to Port Douglas.
Things to do in Cairns
Palm Cove, Trinity Beach, Shaolin Junk Cruises, Yorkeys Knob Beach
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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.Escape the urban bustle at Scuba & Snorkeling and Hartley's Crocodile Adventures. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Port Douglas: Alexandra Bay Waterfall (in Diwan) and Daintree Rainforest - Cooper Creek Wilderness (in Cape Tribulation). Spend the 18th (Wed) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. There's more to do: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas and hunt for treasures at Sunday Market Port Douglas.
For photos, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Port Douglas online tour itinerary builder .
Drive from Cairns to Port Douglas in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. In September, daily temperatures in Port Douglas can reach 83°F, while at night they dip to 66°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.
Things to do in Port Douglas
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, Alexandra Bay Waterfall
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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.Get outdoors at Walkatjara Art and Valley of the Winds. Get a sense of the local culture at Kata Tjuta and Walpa Gorge. There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Uluru, go for a walk through Lungkata Walk, hike along Kuniya Walk, and contemplate the waterfront views at Mutitjulu Waterhole.
To find ratings, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read our Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park day trip app .
Do a combination of shuttle and flight from Port Douglas to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park when traveling from Port Douglas in September, with lows around 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Melbourne.
Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
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Australia's Garden City
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.Do some cultural sightseeing at Melbourne Central and Degraves Street. Shop till you drop at Collins St/Swanston St and The Australian Natural Soap. Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum, explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Victoria, contemplate the long history of Old Melbourne Gaol, and stroll through Melbourne Zoo.
To find reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Melbourne trip planner.
Traveling by flight from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Melbourne takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. While traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, expect much colder days and little chillier nights in Melbourne, ranging from highs of 63°F to lows of 44°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to travel to Sydney.
Things to do in Melbourne
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The Harbour City
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.Do some cultural sightseeing at The Rocks and Sydney Opera House. Head to Sydney Fish Market and Billich Galleryfor plenty of shopping. Venture out of the city with trips to Blue Mountains National Park (The National Pass & Lincoln's Rock). There's lots more to do: stroll through Bondi Beach, view the masterpieces at ATTY Gallery, take in nature's colorful creations at The Royal Botanic Garden, and don't miss a visit to Sydney Harbour Bridge.
To find more things to do, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read Sydney travel route builder website .
Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Sydney takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Traveling from Melbourne in September, expect Sydney to be somewhat warmer, temps between 71°F and 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can travel to Brisbane.
Things to do in Sydney
Blue Mountains National Park
Find places to stay Sep 26 — 30:
Australia's New World City
Queensland’s biggest town and state capital, Brisbane has an attractive, manicured image based around its riverside aesthetic as well as the contrast between its high-rise center and extensive urban greenery.Start off your visit on the 1st (Tue): identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, then explore the world behind art at The Henderson Gallery, and then take in nature's colorful creations at City Botanic Gardens. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed): enjoy the sand and surf at Moffat Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Dicky Beach, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. John's Anglican Cathedral, and finally get your game on at Psychic Readings Twin Featherz.
To find more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Brisbane trip itinerary builder .
You can fly from Sydney to Brisbane in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 75°F in September, and nighttime lows around 55°F. On the 3rd (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.
Things to do in Brisbane
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