8 days in Australia Itinerary

8 days in Australia Itinerary

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8 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: George Town, Penang Island
Fly + shuttle:  15​h 45​min
1
Port Douglas
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Cairns
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 45​min
3
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 45​min
4
Melbourne
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 30​min
5
Sydney
— 2 nights
Fly:  12​h 45​min
End: George Town, Penang Island

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day
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.
On the 18th (Sat), discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

Plan trip to Port Douglas with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

George Town, Malaysia to Port Douglas is an approximately 16-hour combination of flight and shuttle. Traveling from George Town to Port Douglas, you'll lose 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from George Town in May, with highs in Port Douglas at 32°C and lows at 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to drive to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Tours Adventure
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Scuba & Snorkeling

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 (Sun): get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Cairns online day trip planner .

You can drive from Port Douglas to Cairns in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a shuttle. In May, daily temperatures in Cairns can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Adventure
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Scuba & Snorkeling

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night
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 20th (Mon): explore the striking landscape at Uluru, look for all kinds of wild species at Kuniya Walk, take in the exciting artwork at Walkatjara Art, then take an in-depth tour of Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, and finally stroll through Uluru Hiking Path.

To find ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Cairns to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive. Traveling from Cairns in May, things will get little chillier in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park: highs are around 28°C and lows about 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Kuniya Walk ©
Kuniya Walk
Uluru ©
Uluru
Uluru Hiking Path ©
Uluru Hiking Path

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night
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Tue): see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum, then admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Victoria, and then explore the world behind art at ArtVo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed): examine the collection at National Sports Museum, see the interesting displays at The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia, get engrossed in the history at Immigration Museum, then make a trip to Shrine of Remembrance, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Craft Victoria.

To find maps, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Melbourne tour itinerary maker app .

You can fly from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Melbourne in 5 hours. Another option is to drive. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in May: high temperatures in Melbourne hover around 20°C and lows are around 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums Historic Sites
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Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum
National Gallery of Victoria ©
National Gallery of Victoria
Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance

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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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): explore the world behind art at Art Gallery of New South Wales, then kick back and relax at Bondi Beach, then hike along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, and finally enjoy some music at Sydney Opera House.

To find more things to do, maps, photos, and tourist information, go to the Sydney trip planning site .

Getting from Melbourne to Sydney by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Melbourne in May; daily highs in Sydney reach 24°C and lows reach 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Museums
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach

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