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:  5 h 30 min
2
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, Australia
— 3 nights
Fly:  4 h 45 min
3
Cairns, Australia
— 2 nights
Bus:  1 h 15 min
4
Port Douglas, Australia
— 2 nights
+3
Shuttle + Fly + Foot + Train:  15 h
5
Seoul, South Korea
— 2 nights
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, snap pictures at Sydney Harbour Bridge, hike along Bondi to Coogee Walk, and kick back and relax at Bondi Beach.

To find maps, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Sydney online vacation planner.

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. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Chicago in September, with highs in Sydney at 71°F and lows at 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Neighborhoods Outdoors

Side Trip

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

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: explore the striking landscape at Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga, contemplate the waterfront views at Mutitjulu Waterhole, stroll through Uluru Hiking Path, and take in the pleasant sights at Lungkata Walk.

For where to stay, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park online trip builder.

You can fly from Sydney to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Sydney to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, you'll gain 0.5 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Sydney in September, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park: temperatures range from 83°F by day to 51°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

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

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 15th (Tue): indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On the 16th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: hike along Esplanade Boardwalk and then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Cairns online trip itinerary planner.

Fly from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Cairns in 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, Cairns is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) to allow time to take a bus to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

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

2
nights
Port Douglas, Australia

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 17th (Thu), get great views at Flagstaff Hill Lookout, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas. Here are some ideas for day two: see the vivid underwater world at Opal Reef, then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, then take in the exciting artwork at Ngarru Gallery, and finally look for gifts at Coffee Works Port Douglas.

To find reviews, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read our Port Douglas trip itinerary builder app.

You can take a bus from Cairns to Port Douglas in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a shuttle. In September in Port Douglas, expect temperatures between 83°F during the day and 66°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Seoul.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas ©
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas

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: get engrossed in the history at Gyeongbokgung Palace, wander the streets of Bukchon Hanok Village, take some stellar pictures from N Seoul Tower, and admire the striking features of Changdeokgung Palace.

For photos, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Seoul tour itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and train from Port Douglas to Seoul in 15.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of shuttle and flight. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Port Douglas to Seoul due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Port Douglas in September, expect nights in Seoul to be about the same, around 71°F, while days are slightly colder, around 72°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Seoul

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

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