17 days in Australia Itinerary

17 days in Australia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Australia route planner

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Sydney
— 4 nights
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Melbourne
— 3 nights
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Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 2 nights
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Cairns
— 2 nights
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Port Douglas
— 3 nights
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Sydney

— 4 nights

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: see a show at Sydney Opera House, snap pictures at Sydney Harbour Bridge, explore the striking landscape at Mrs Macquarie's Chair, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Manly Beach.

To find photos, maps, and other tourist information, read our Sydney trip itinerary planner.

Edinburgh, UK to Sydney is an approximately 27-hour flight. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST), which is usually a 10 hour difference. Traveling from Edinburgh in May, things will get somewhat warmer in Sydney: highs are around 24°C and lows about 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Neighborhoods

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Melbourne

— 3 nights

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, get your game on at Zero Latency, get to know the resident critters at Melbourne Zoo, and admire the landmark architecture of Royal Exhibition Building.

To see photos, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Melbourne vacation maker app.

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Melbourne takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Sydney in May, expect Melbourne to be little chillier, temps between 20°C and 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) so you can travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums · Fun & Games

Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

— 2 nights
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 23rd (Sat): go for a walk through Lungkata Walk, then trek along Uluru Hiking Path, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Uluru. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the striking landscape at Walpa Gorge, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga, then take in the exciting artwork at Walkatjara Art Uluru, and finally hike along Kuniya Walk.

For more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip itinerary 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 (AEST) to Australian Central Standard Time (ACST) is minus 0.5 hours. When traveling from Melbourne in May, plan for somewhat warmer days in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, with highs around 28°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors

Cairns

— 2 nights

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 25th (Mon), indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas and then get interesting insight from Tours. On the 26th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: trek along Esplanade Boardwalk and then get interesting insight from Tours.

To see more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Cairns trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Cairns in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Cairns is 0.5 hours. In May, Cairns is a bit warmer than Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park - with highs of 32°C and lows of 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Trails

Port Douglas

— 3 nights
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.
Port Douglas is known for wildlife, adventure, and beaches. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, look for all kinds of wild species at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, look for gifts at With Sugar, and see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour.

For traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Port Douglas tour itinerary planning tool.

You can drive from Cairns to Port Douglas in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. In May in Port Douglas, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Parks

Side Trip

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.