9 days in Australia Itinerary

9 days in Australia Itinerary

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9 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Vancouver
Fly:  16​h 30​min
1
Brisbane
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
2
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Kuranda
— 2 nights
Drive:  45​min
4
Cairns
— 1 night
Fly:  17​h 45​min
End: Vancouver

2
nights
Brisbane

Queensland’s biggest town and state capital, Brisbane has an attractive, manicured image based around its riverside aesthetic as well as the contrast between its high-rise center and extensive urban greenery.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour. On the 4th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, see the interesting displays at Museum of Brisbane, steep yourself in history at Boggo Road Gaol (Jail), then examine the collection at Queensland Maritime Museum, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Old St Stephen's Catholic Church (Pugin Chapel).

To find more things to do, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Brisbane vacation planner.

Vancouver, Canada to Brisbane is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of shuttle and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) (AEST), which is usually a 18 hour difference. In October, Brisbane is somewhat warmer than Vancouver - with highs of 29°C and lows of 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Brisbane

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Museum of Brisbane ©
Museum of Brisbane
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary

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 5th (Sat): take in the awesome beauty at Kata Tjuta, explore the striking landscape at Uluru, contemplate the waterfront views at Mutitjulu Waterhole, then hike along Kuniya Walk, and finally trek along Uluru Hiking Path. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Sun): take an in-depth tour of Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, take in the exciting artwork at Walkatjara Art, then head outdoors with Walpa Gorge, and finally appreciate the views at Valley of the Winds.

For photos, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park itinerary maker website .

Fly from Brisbane to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. When traveling from Brisbane in October, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park: temperatures range from 38°C by day to 18°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to travel to Kuranda.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga ©
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga
Valley of the Winds ©
Valley of the Winds
Uluru ©
Uluru

2
nights
Kuranda

Kuranda ©
Kuranda is a town and locality on the Atherton Tableland in the Shire of Mareeba, Far North Queensland, Australia. On the 7th (Mon), pause for some serene contemplation at St Saviour's Anglican Church Kuranda, look for all kinds of wild species at BatReach, then take in the dramatic natural features at Kuranda National Park, and finally identify plant and animal life at Cattana Wetlands. On the next day, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Barron Gorge National Park.

To find ratings, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Kuranda trip app .

You can fly from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Kuranda in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. While traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, expect a bit cooler days and a bit warmer nights in Kuranda, ranging from highs of 34°C to lows of 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to drive to Cairns.

Things to do in Kuranda

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Barron Gorge National Park, Cattana Wetlands
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Kuranda National Park ©
Kuranda National Park
Barron Gorge National Park ©
Barron Gorge National Park
Cattana Wetlands ©
Cattana Wetlands

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.
On the 9th (Wed), discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Cairns trip planning app .

Drive from Kuranda to Cairns in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in October, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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Scuba & Snorkeling

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