17 days in Australia Itinerary

17 days in Australia Itinerary

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Fly to Adelaide International Airport, Drive to Kangaroo Island
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Kangaroo Island
— 2 nights
Fly
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Cairns
— 3 nights
Drive
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Port Douglas
— 6 nights
Fly
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Darwin
— 4 nights
Fly

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Kangaroo Island

Abandoned by Aborigines a few thousand years ago, Kangaroo Island attracts over 140,000 visitors each year.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Sun): take in the exciting artwork at Australian Red Gum Gallery, identify plant and animal life at Kelly Hill Caves, then look for all kinds of wild species at Little Sahara, then look for all kinds of wild species at Will's Rare Breeds Farm, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Stokes Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: surround yourself with nature on Kangaroo Island Wilderness Tours, get close to the beloved marine mammals with Kangaroo Island Marine Adventures, and then get a taste of life in the country at Island Pure Sheep Dairy.

For where to stay, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Kangaroo Island trip planner.

Geneva, Switzerland to Kangaroo Island is an approximately 32-hour combination of flight and car. You can also do a combination of flight and ferry. The time zone difference when traveling from Geneva to Kangaroo Island is 8.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Kangaroo Island

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

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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.
You've now added Skydive Cairns to your itinerary. Get in touch with nature at Behana Gorge Waterfall and Red Arrow Walk. Step off the beaten path and head to Off-Road Tours and Yorkeys Knob Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Cairns side-trips: Pacific Watersports (in Palm Cove) and Babinda Boulders (in Babinda). There's much more to do: brush up on your military savvy at The Australian Armour & Artillery Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Monica's Cathedral, make a trip to Captain Cook Highway Rock Stacks, and admire the striking features of Freshwater Station.

For reviews, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Cairns day trip website.

Getting from Kangaroo Island to Cairns by flight takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of taxi, ferry, bus, and train. You'll lose 0.5 hours traveling from Kangaroo Island to Cairns due to the time zone difference. In December, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can go by car to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Tours

Side Trips

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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.
Escape the urban bustle at Opal Reef and Thornton Beach. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Palmer Sea Reef Golf Course and Restaurant and Horseback Riding Tours. Explore Port Douglas' surroundings by going to Diwan (Daintree Entomological museum & Alexandra Bay Waterfall), Cape Tribulation (Myall Beach & Cape Tribulation Beach) and Daintree Mangroves Wildlife Sanctuary (in Mossman). The adventure continues: get the adrenaline pumping with Updraught Microlights and Hang Gliders, let your taste buds guide you at Brett's Outback Tasting Adventures, do a tasting at Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery, and head outdoors with Horses in Port.

To find more things to do, maps, photos, and tourist information, read our Port Douglas attractions website.

Traveling by car from Cairns to Port Douglas takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or 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 23rd (Wed) to allow time to travel to Darwin.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trips

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Darwin

Outback Capital of the Northern Territory

The smallest of Australia’s state capitals, Darwin has nevertheless become an attractive and important urban center, being simultaneously one of the country’s most modernized cities and a gateway to both the Top End region and South East Asia.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like St Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Cathedral and Christ Church Cathedral Darwin. Step off the beaten path and head to Territory Wildlife Park and 1934 Qantas Hangar. Step out of Darwin to go to Adelaide River and see Adelaide River War Cemetery, which is approximately 1h 20 min away. Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, try your luck at Mindil Beach Casino (Formerly SKYCITY Darwin), and view the masterpieces at Mbantua Fine Art Gallery.

To see ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read Darwin tour planner.

Traveling by flight from Port Douglas to Darwin takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) to Australian Central Standard Time (ACST) is minus 0.5 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Darwin can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Darwin

Outdoors · Wildlife · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trips

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.