28 days in Sydney, Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park & Cairns Region Itinerary

28 days in Sydney, Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park & Cairns Region Itinerary

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28 days in Sydney, Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park & Cairns Region Itinerary

Start: Amsterdam
Fly:  25​h
— 14 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
— 7 nights
Fly:  21​h 45​min
End: Amsterdam


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 outdoors at Bondi Beach and Coogee Beach. Get some historical perspective at The Rocks and The National Pass. Change things up with these side-trips from Sydney: Shelly Beach (in Manly), Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum (in Faulconbridge) and Wentworth Falls (in Katoomba). Spend the 1st (Tue) exploring nature at Sydney Harbour National Park. The adventure continues: experience the emotional art of opera at Sydney Opera House, enjoy the sand and surf at Clovelly, admire the natural beauty at The Royal Botanic Garden, and browse the exhibits of Hyde Park Barracks Museum.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, use the Sydney online day trip planner .

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Sydney is an approximately 25-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Amsterdam to Sydney is 9 hours. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Amsterdam in April; daily highs in Sydney reach 26°C and lows reach 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Mosman, Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum, Shelly Beach, Bronte Beach, Wentworth Falls
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Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
The Rocks ©
The Rocks

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Uluru and Uluru Hiking Path. Step out of the city life by going to Kata Tjuta and Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre. There's still lots to do: trek along Kuniya Walk, learn more about the world around you at Wintjiri Arts + Museum, view the masterpieces at Walkatjara Art, and see the world from above with a helicopter tour.

To see more things to do, photos, maps, and more tourist information, use the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. While traveling from Sydney, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, ranging from highs of 28°C to lows of 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

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Uluru ©
Kata Tjuta ©
Kata Tjuta
Valley of the Winds ©
Valley of the Winds


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 Esplanade Boardwalk. You'll get in some beach time at Palm Cove Beach and Yorkeys Knob Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Palm Cove (Hartley's Crocodile Adventures & Kayaking & Canoeing). Spend the 18th (Fri) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Trinity Beach, take in the waterfront at The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk, pause for some serene contemplation at St Monica's Cathedral, and get outside with Esplanade Lagoon Pool.

To find reviews, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read Cairns tour itinerary builder tool .

Getting from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Cairns by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in May: high temperatures in Cairns hover around 32°C and lows are around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Trinity Beach, Yorkeys Knob Beach, Cairns Kart Hire Track, The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Nature & Wildlife Tours
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