9 days in Australia Itinerary

9 days in Australia Itinerary

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9 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: New Delhi
Fly:  14​h 30​min
1
Cairns
— 1 day
bus:  1​h 15​min
2
Port Douglas
— 1 night
shuttle + Fly:  5​h 45​min
3
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 1 day
Fly:  4​h 45​min
4
Melbourne
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
5
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly:  15​h 15​min
End: New Delhi

1
day
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 24th (Fri): take a memorable tour with Tours.

To see photos, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Cairns route builder app .

New Delhi, India to Cairns is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from India Standard Time (IST) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) (AEST) is 4 hours. Traveling from New Delhi in May, expect nights in Cairns to be little chillier, around 24°C, while days are cooler, around 32°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Scuba & Snorkeling

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Sat): take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Port Douglas day trip planning app .

Drive from Cairns to Port Douglas in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. In May, daytime highs in Port Douglas are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
Find places to stay May 24 — 25:
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Scuba & Snorkeling

1
day
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 26th (Sun): identify plant and animal life at Kuniya Walk, contemplate the waterfront views at Mutitjulu Waterhole, then take in the dramatic natural features at Uluru, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Uluru Hiking Path.

For maps, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip planning tool .

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Port Douglas to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Port Douglas in May; daily highs in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park reach 28°C and lows reach 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

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

2
nights
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 27th (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at Melbourne Zoo, then identify plant and animal life at Royal Botanic Gardens, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Fitzroy Gardens. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Victoria, then enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck 88, then see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum, and finally make a trip to Flinders Street Station.

For maps, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read our Melbourne vacation site .

Traveling by flight from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Melbourne takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in May, with highs in Melbourne at 20°C and lows at 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Museums Zoos & Aquariums
Find places to stay May 26 — 28:
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Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum

3
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.
On the 29th (Wed), get to know the fascinating history of The Rocks, then snap pictures at Sydney Harbour Bridge, then see a show at Sydney Opera House, and finally admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: hunt for treasures at Sydney Fish Market, then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, and then wander the streets of Darling Harbour.

To see maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Sydney online itinerary planner .

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Sydney takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Traveling from Melbourne in May, expect Sydney to be somewhat warmer, temps between 24°C and 14°C. On the 31st (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Neighborhoods Parks Historic Sites
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney ©
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney

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