8 days in Australia Itinerary

8 days in Australia Itinerary

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8 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Fly:  18​h 45​min
1
Cairns
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Port Douglas
— 1 night
shuttle + Fly:  5​h 45​min
3
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 30​min
4
Sydney
— 1 night
Fly:  16​h 45​min
End: San Francisco

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Wed): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see more things to do, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read our Cairns road trip website .

San Francisco, USA to Cairns is an approximately 19-hour flight. You can also do a combination of subway and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. You'll lose 18 hours traveling from San Francisco to Cairns due to the time zone difference. Plan for warmer temperatures traveling from San Francisco in December, with highs in Cairns at 88°F and lows at 73°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can drive to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

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Scuba & Snorkeling

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Thu): take a memorable tour with Tours.

To find reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read Port Douglas vacation website .

Getting from Cairns to Port Douglas by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 88°F in December, and nighttime lows around 73°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Adventure Outdoors Wildlife
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Scuba & Snorkeling

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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 14th (Fri), view the masterpieces at Walkatjara Art, get advice or help at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, trek along Kuniya Walk, then explore the activities along Mutitjulu Waterhole, and finally don't miss a visit to Uluru. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: head outdoors with Walpa Gorge, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Kata Tjuta, then go for a walk through Field of Light, and finally trek along Uluru Hiking Path.

To see more things to do, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park online trip maker .

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Port Douglas to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Port Douglas in December, expect nights in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to be about the same, around 70°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 97°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

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Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta ©
Kata Tjuta
Kuniya Walk ©
Kuniya Walk

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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 16th (Sun): examine the collection at Australian National Maritime Museum, enjoy the sand and surf at Coogee Beach, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Bondi Beach, and finally trek along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk. On your second day here, wander the streets of The Rocks, then enjoy the sand and surf at Camp Cove, then enjoy the sand and surf at Manly Beach, and finally see a show at Sydney Opera House.

To see other places to visit, photos, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Sydney trip itinerary builder site .

You can fly from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Sydney in 5.5 hours. Another option is to drive. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in December, with highs in Sydney at 81°F and lows at 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Manly Beach
Manly Beach

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