11 days in Australia Itinerary

11 days in Australia Itinerary

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11 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Los Angeles
Fly:  17​h 45​min
1
Sydney
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Lithgow
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  6​h 15​min
3
Melbourne
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
4
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
5
Brisbane
— 1 night
Fly:  16​h
End: Los Angeles

1
day
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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk, stroll through Bondi Beach, then admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, and finally wander the streets of The Rocks.

To find more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Sydney tour itinerary planning tool .

Los Angeles, USA to Sydney is an approximately 18-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and bus. You'll lose 18 hours traveling from Los Angeles to Sydney due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Los Angeles in January, things will get a bit warmer in Sydney: highs are around 82°F and lows about 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to drive to Lithgow.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Historic Sites Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney ©
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney
The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach

2
nights
Lithgow

Lithgow ©
Lithgow is a city in the Central Tablelands of New South Wales, Australia and is the administrative centre of the City of Lithgow local government area. On the 20th (Mon), admire the sheer force of Wentworth Falls, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Blue Mountains, and then get great views at Echo Point Lookout. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Tue): see the interesting displays at Lithgow Small Arms Factory Museum and then Head underground at Jenolan Caves.

To find maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Lithgow trip app .

Traveling by car from Sydney to Lithgow takes 2.5 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to 85°F, and evening lows to 64°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Lithgow

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trips

Katoomba, Wentworth Falls, Jenolan Caves
Highlights from your plan
Blue Mountains ©
Blue Mountains
Wentworth Falls ©
Wentworth Falls
Jenolan Caves ©
Jenolan Caves

3
nights
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, shopping, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, make a trip to Flinders Street Station, see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum, and get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

For photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Melbourne online trip itinerary planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Lithgow to Melbourne. Expect little chillier evenings in Melbourne when traveling from Lithgow in January, with lows around 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Melbourne

Tours Parks Museums
Highlights from your plan
Balloon Rides
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo

2
nights
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park ©
Please note that visitors are no longer allowed to trek up Uluru.

Located right in the center of Australia, the national park boasts perhaps the country's most iconic natural symbol and a sacred place for the region's indigenous people--as well as Kata Tjuta, a collection of 36 red rocks forming an equally distinctive sight.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Sat): view the masterpieces at Walkatjara Art, then get engrossed in the history at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, then contemplate the waterfront views at Mutitjulu Waterhole, and finally make a trip to Uluru. On the 26th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the verdant scenery at Valley of the Winds and then hike along Kuniya Walk.

For more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip tool .

Fly from Melbourne to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Melbourne in January: high temperatures in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park hover around 99°F and lows are around 73°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Museums
Highlights from your plan
Uluru ©
Uluru
Mutitjulu Waterhole ©
Mutitjulu Waterhole
Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre ©
Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre

1
night
Brisbane

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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Mon): stroll around South Bank Parklands and then take in nature's colorful creations at Roma Street Parkland.

To find where to stay, ratings, maps, and tourist information, go to the Brisbane vacation maker website .

You can fly from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Brisbane in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. While traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Brisbane, ranging from highs of 84°F to lows of 71°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks
Highlights from your plan
South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Roma Street Parkland ©
Roma Street Parkland

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