9 days in Australia Itinerary

9 days in Australia Itinerary

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9 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Seattle
+2
shuttle + subway + Fly:  24​h
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
— 1 day
Fly:  3​h 30​min
5
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly:  20​h
End: Seattle

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.
On the 8th (Mon), get interesting insight from Tours.

For other places to visit, photos, maps, and tourist information, read our Cairns online trip builder .

Seattle, USA to Cairns is an approximately 24-hour combination of shuttle and flight. You can also fly. The time zone difference when traveling from Seattle to Cairns is 18 hours. Traveling from Seattle in April, expect Cairns to be warmer, temps between 85°F and 72°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can 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.
On the 9th (Tue), discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Port Douglas tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Cairns to Port Douglas takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. In April in Port Douglas, expect temperatures between 85°F during the day and 71°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
Find places to stay Apr 8 — 9:
Highlights from your plan
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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at Uluru Hiking Path, then explore and take pictures at Uluru, then contemplate the waterfront views at Mutitjulu Waterhole, and finally hike along Kuniya Walk.

To find where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip website .

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Port Douglas to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 6 hours. Another option is to drive. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Port Douglas in April since evenings lows in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park dip to 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

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

1
day
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 11th (Thu): steep yourself in history at Old Melbourne Gaol, then learn about all things military at Shrine of Remembrance, and then admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens.

To find maps, photos, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Melbourne trip builder website .

Traveling by flight from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Melbourne takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in April, expect Melbourne to be a bit cooler, temps between 68°F and 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Historic Sites Parks Museums
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Old Melbourne Gaol ©
Old Melbourne Gaol
Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens

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.
Visit Bondi Beach and Manly Beach for some beach relaxation. Popular historic sites such as The Rocks and Justice & Police Museum are in your itinerary. Next up on the itinerary: see a show at Sydney Opera House, take in nature's colorful creations at The Royal Botanic Garden, appreciate the history behind Mrs Macquarie's Chair, and meet the residents at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium.

To see reviews, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read Sydney travel route planner .

You can fly from Melbourne to Sydney in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Traveling from Melbourne in April, Sydney is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

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

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