8 days in Australia Itinerary

8 days in Australia Itinerary

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8 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Phoenix
Fly:  20​h 30​min
1
Sydney
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 30​min
2
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
3
Cairns
— 1 night
Fly:  20​h
End: Phoenix

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Tue): enjoy the sand and surf at Bondi Beach, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Clovelly Beach, then admire the landmark architecture of Sydney Opera House, and finally wander the streets of The Rocks. Keep things going the next day: admire the masterpieces at White Rabbit Gallery, examine the collection at Australian National Maritime Museum, and then take a stroll through Darling Harbour.

For more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Sydney online tour itinerary planner .

Phoenix, USA to Sydney is an approximately 20.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales), which is usually a 17 hour difference. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Phoenix in October: high temperatures in Sydney hover around 76°F and lows are around 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Sydney

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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House

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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Thu): stroll through Kuniya Walk, explore the activities along Mutitjulu Waterhole, then take in the dramatic natural features at Uluru, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Walkatjara Art. On the 18th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: head outdoors with Walpa Gorge, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Kata Tjuta, and then get answers to all your questions at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre.

For other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read our Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip planning tool .

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Sydney in October, expect nights in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to be about the same, around 60°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 91°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta ©
Kata Tjuta
Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre ©
Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre

1
night
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 19th (Sat): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Trinity Beach and then explore and take pictures at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures.

To see more things to do, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read our Cairns trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by flight from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Cairns takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in October, expect nights in Cairns to be a bit warmer, around 69°F, while days are slightly colder, around 85°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

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

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