15 days in Australia & South Korea Itinerary

15 days in Australia & South Korea Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Chicago, United States
Fly:  23 h
1
Sydney, Australia
— 3 nights
Fly:  3 h 30 min
2
Melbourne, Australia
— 2 nights
Fly:  4 h 45 min
3
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, Australia
— 3 nights
Fly:  4 h 45 min
4
Cairns, Australia
— 2 nights
Shuttle + Fly:  14 h
5
Seoul, South Korea
— 2 nights
Train + Fly:  16 h 45 min
End: Chicago, United States

3
nights
Sydney, Australia

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, beaches, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, observe the fascinating underwater world at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, stroll through Bondi Beach, and snap pictures at Sydney Harbour Bridge.

For ratings, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read our Sydney tour itinerary planning tool.

Chicago, USA to Sydney is an approximately 23- hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight, bus, and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 16 hours traveling from Chicago to Sydney. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Chicago in September; daily highs in Sydney reach 71°F and lows reach 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Neighborhoods Outdoors

Side Trip

Bondi to Coogee Walk
Highlights from your plan
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney ©
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge

2
nights
Melbourne, Australia

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Sat): see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum, then admire the natural beauty at Melbourne Zoo, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Fitzroy Gardens. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: pause for some photo ops at Shrine of Remembrance, then take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, then take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck, and finally browse the collection at State Library Victoria.

To see where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Melbourne holiday builder site.

You can fly from Sydney to Melbourne in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Sydney in September, with highs in Melbourne at 63°F and lows at 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Museums
Highlights from your plan
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum

3
nights
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, Australia

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.
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is known for nature, museums, and outdoors. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the dramatic natural features at Uluru, get engrossed in the history at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, admire the verdant scenery at Valley of the Winds, and take in the pleasant sights at Lungkata Walk.

For traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park route planner.

You can fly from Melbourne to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 5 hours. Another option is to drive. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time to Australian Central Standard Time is minus 0.5 hours. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Melbourne in September; daily highs in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park reach 83°F and lows reach 51°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Museums
Highlights from your plan
Uluru ©
Uluru
Valley of the Winds ©
Valley of the Winds
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga ©
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga

2
nights
Cairns, Australia

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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Thu): stroll around Anzac Park, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then appreciate the history behind Cairns Cenotaph. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Fri): get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour and then trek along Esplanade Boardwalk.

To see where to stay, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Cairns journey website.

Traveling by flight from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Cairns takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. You'll lose 0.5 hours traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Cairns due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in September, expect a bit warmer with lows of 66°F in Cairns. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Seoul.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk
Nature & Wildlife Tours

2
nights
Seoul, South Korea

Seoul ©
One of east Asia's major cultural and financial centers, Seoul boasts five World Heritage Sites and a huge selection of museums, temples, shrines, palaces, parks, gardens, and glass-and-steel skyscrapers.
Seoul is known for shopping, museums, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take an in-depth tour of Gyeongbokgung Palace, wander the streets of Insadong, get great views at N Seoul Tower, and walk around Namsan Park.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Seoul journey planning website.

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Cairns to Seoul in 14 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Cairns to Seoul is minus 1 hour. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Cairns in September: highs in Seoul hover around 72°F, while lows dip to 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Seoul

Historic Sites Parks Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Gyeongbokgung Palace ©
Gyeongbokgung Palace
Changdeokgung Palace ©
Changdeokgung Palace
N Seoul Tower ©
N Seoul Tower

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