8 days in Cairns & Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park Itinerary

8 days in Cairns & Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park Itinerary

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8 days in Cairns & Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park Itinerary

Start: Cairns
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Cairns
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
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Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
End: Cairns

4
nights
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Behana Gorge Waterfall and Shark Diving. Get in touch with nature at Lake Eacham Crater Lakes National Park and Curtain Fig National Park. Venture out of the city with trips to The Bat Hospital Visitor Centre (in Atherton), Historic Village Herberton (in Herberton) and The Afghanistan Avenue of Honour (in Yungaburra). Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Michaelmas Cay and pause for some serene contemplation at St Monica's Cathedral.

To see maps, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Cairns trip site .

If you are flying in from United States, the closest major airport is Cairns International Airport. In October, daily temperatures in Cairns can reach 85°F, while at night they dip to 69°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Yungaburra, Historic Village Herberton, The Bat Hospital Visitor Centre, Lake Eacham Crater Lakes National Park
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Shark Diving
Lake Eacham Crater Lakes National Park ©
Curtain Fig National Park ©
Curtain Fig National Park

3
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.
On the 30th (Wed), hike along Kuniya Walk, then contemplate the waterfront views at Mutitjulu Waterhole, then explore the galleries of Walkatjara Art, and finally get outside with Walpa Gorge. On the 31st (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: hike along Uluru Hiking Path, get engrossed in the history at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, then take in the pleasant sights at Field of Light, and finally take some stellar pictures from Uluru.

For where to stay, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park tour itinerary website .

You can fly from Cairns to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 5 hours. Another option is to drive. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Cairns in October: highs in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park hover around 91°F, while lows dip to 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature
Find places to stay Oct 29 — Nov 1:
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Kuniya Walk ©
Kuniya Walk
Walpa Gorge ©
Walpa Gorge
Uluru Hiking Path ©
Uluru Hiking Path

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