17 days in Australia Itinerary

17 days in Australia Itinerary

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Fly to Sydney, Train to Katoomba
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Katoomba
— 2 nights
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Sydney
— 5 nights
Fly
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Melbourne
— 3 nights
Fly
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Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 2 nights
Fly
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Cairns
— 1 night
Drive
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Port Douglas
— 3 nights
Fly

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Katoomba

Located off of the Great Western Highway, Katoomba is the main hub of the City of Blue Mountains.
On the 3rd (Thu), take some stellar pictures from The Three Sisters, grab your bike and head to Narrow Neck Trail, then take in the dramatic scenery at Wentworth Falls Lookout, and finally stroll through The National Pass. Keep things going the next day: admire the natural beauty at Everglades Historic House and Gardens, scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, make a trip to Day Gallery, then don't miss a visit to Gallery Blackheath, and finally go for a walk through Cahill's Lookout.

For reviews, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read our Katoomba road trip planning tool.

Manila, Philippines to Katoomba is an approximately 13.5-hour combination of flight and train. The time zone difference moving from Philippine Standard Time (PST) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) is 2 hours. Traveling from Manila in December, Katoomba is slightly colder at night with lows of 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Sydney.

Things to do in Katoomba

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Tours

Side Trips

5
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Sydney

The Harbour City

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: listen to music at Sydney Opera House, wander the streets of The Rocks, take in the views from Sydney Harbour Bridge, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Bondi to Coogee Walk.

To find ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Sydney itinerary website.

Getting from Katoomba to Sydney by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

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Melbourne

Australia's Garden City

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: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, don't miss a visit to Flinders Street Station, get to know the resident critters at Melbourne Zoo, and pause for some photo ops at Shrine of Remembrance.

For reviews, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Melbourne online attractions planner.

Getting from Sydney to Melbourne by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Sydney in December since evenings lows in Melbourne dip to 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites · Tours

Side Trip

2
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sun): get all the information you need at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, then make a trip to Uluru, and then take in the pleasant sights at Mala Walk. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the pleasant sights at Lungkata Walk, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga, and then go for a walk through Field of Light.

For other places to visit, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park day trip planning tool.

Fly from Melbourne to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 0.5 hours traveling from Melbourne to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Melbourne in December; daily highs in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park reach 42°C and lows reach 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks · Nature · Museums

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Cairns

The Gateway to the Great Barrier Reef

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 15th (Tue), look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas.

To see other places to visit, photos, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Cairns visit planning website.

Getting from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Cairns by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive. The time zone changes from Australian Central Standard Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a 0.5 hour difference. When traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in December, plan for little chillier days in Cairns, with highs around 36°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can drive to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours
Highlights from your trip

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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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Wed): trot along with a tour on horseback, then don't miss a visit to St Mary’s by The Sea chapel, and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On the next day, see the vivid underwater world at Opal Reef, get to know the resident critters at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, and then see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour.

To see maps, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Port Douglas day trip planning site.

You can drive from Cairns to Port Douglas in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in December, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Parks

Australia travel guide

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Beaches · Gardens · Wildlife Areas
Australia is a country of breathtaking beauty and unforgettable adventure. From coast to coast you’ll find ancient rainforests, towering cities, stunning outback landscapes and white sand beaches. It’s not only the scenery that varies here, but also the lifestyle. Lay back and relax within a coastal paradise, explore the bustling laneways of a lively metropolis, or feed your sense of adventure in the most remote and remarkable pockets of the country. Whether you’re connecting with Aboriginal culture, tasting seafood straight from the ocean, or diving with gentle whale sharks, you’ll discover why there’s nothing like Australia.