17 days in Australia Itinerary

17 days in Australia Itinerary

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17 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Sydney
1
Sydney
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
2
Whitsunday Island
— 3 nights
Fly:  1​h 45​min
3
Cairns
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
Cape Tribulation
— 3 nights
plane:  34​h
5
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
6
Melbourne
— 3 nights
End: Melbourne

2
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.
Sydney is known for nightlife, trails, beaches, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the natural beauty at The Royal Botanic Garden, appreciate the extensive heritage of The Rocks, catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, and enjoy the sand and surf at Bondi Beach.

For where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Sydney trip planner .

December in Sydney sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 21°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge

3
nights
Whitsunday Island

Whitsunday Island ©
Whitsunday Island is known for beaches and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: enjoy the sand and surf at Whitehaven Beach, explore the activities along Hill Inlet, and step off the mainland to explore Whitsunday Islands National Park.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Whitsunday Island attractions planning site .

Getting from Sydney to Whitsunday Island by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or take a train. When traveling from Sydney in December, plan for a bit warmer days in Whitsunday Island, with highs around 37°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 24°C. On the 2nd (Wed), you'll travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Whitsunday Island

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Hill Inlet ©
Hill Inlet
Whitehaven Beach ©
Whitehaven Beach
Whitsunday Islands National Park ©
Whitsunday Islands National Park

2
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.
On the 3rd (Thu), get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, then take in the exciting artwork at Bones and Jones, and then have fun at Esplanade Lagoon Pool.

Make your Cairns itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

You can fly from Whitsunday Island to Cairns in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a train. In January in Cairns, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can travel to Cape Tribulation.

Things to do in Cairns

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Esplanade Lagoon Pool ©
Esplanade Lagoon Pool
Helicopter Tours

3
nights
Cape Tribulation

Cape Tribulation ©
A lush headland that's part of the forested Daintree Region, Cape Tribulation was so named by Lieutenant--later Captain--Cook in 1770, when his ship ran aground in the area.
On the 5th (Sat), explore the galleries of Daintree Discovery Centre and then take a peaceful walk through Daintree Rainforest - Cooper Creek Wilderness. On the next day, identify plant and animal life at Daintree National Park.

To find reviews, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Cape Tribulation trip planner .

You can do a combination of bus, car, and ferry from Cairns to Cape Tribulation in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle, car, and ferry; or drive. January in Cape Tribulation sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Daintree Discovery Centre
Find places to stay Jan 4 — 7:
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Daintree National Park ©
Daintree National Park
Daintree Discovery Centre ©
Daintree Discovery Centre

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 8th (Tue): hike along Uluru Hiking Path. Here are some ideas for day two: get outside with Walpa Gorge, take in the dramatic natural features at Kata Tjuta, and then take an in-depth tour of Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre.

To find maps and other tourist information, refer to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park travel route builder website .

You can drive from Cape Tribulation to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 34 hours. Traveling from Cape Tribulation in January, expect nights in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to be about the same, around 26°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 43°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature
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Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga ©
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga
Walpa Gorge ©
Walpa Gorge

3
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Melbourne is known for museums, parks, shopping, zoos & aquariums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum, contemplate the long history of Shrine of Remembrance, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Melbourne Zoo.

To see other places to visit, photos, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Melbourne trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Melbourne takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in January; daily highs in Melbourne reach 32°C and lows reach 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums Parks Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jan 10 — 13:
Highlights from your plan
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo

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