9 days in Australia Itinerary

9 days in Australia Itinerary

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9 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
Fly:  28​h
1
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h
2
Melbourne
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly:  25​h
End: Washington DC

1
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.
On the 12th (Sun), explore the striking landscape at Kata Tjuta, view the masterpieces at Walkatjara Art, then trek along Kuniya Walk, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Uluru. On the next day, take some stellar pictures from Uluru, stroll through Uluru Hiking Path, then take an in-depth tour of Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, and finally go for a walk through Lungkata Walk.

For maps, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park day trip website .

Washington DC, USA to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is an approximately 28-hour flight. You can also do a combination of subway, bus, and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Washington DC to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, you'll lose 14 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Washington DC in May since evenings lows in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park dip to 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Trails
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Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga ©
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga
Uluru ©
Uluru
Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre ©
Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre

1
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 14th (Tue): examine the collection at Melbourne Museum, then get engrossed in the history at Immigration Museum, then don't miss a visit to Royal Botanic Gardens, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck 88. On your second day here, brush up on your military savvy at Shrine of Remembrance, explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Victoria, then examine the collection at National Sports Museum, and finally take an in-depth tour of Italian Museum and Historical Society.

To find photos, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, use the Melbourne online itinerary planner .

You can fly from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Melbourne in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In May, Melbourne is slightly colder than Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park - with highs of 63°F and lows of 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

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Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum
Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance
National Gallery of Victoria ©
National Gallery of Victoria

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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.
On the 16th (Thu), kick back and relax at Bondi Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk, then admire the landmark architecture of Sydney Opera House, and finally take a stroll through The Rocks. On the next day, enjoy the sand and surf at Manly Beach and then wander the streets of Darling Harbour.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Sydney day trip site .

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, things will get somewhat warmer in Sydney: highs are around 70°F and lows about 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Manly Beach
Manly Beach

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