17 days in Australia Itinerary

17 days in Australia Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Sydney
— 3 nights
2
Melbourne
— 3 nights
3
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 3 nights
4
Cairns
— 2 nights
5
Port Douglas
— 3 nights

3
nights
Sydney

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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like The Rocks and Elizabeth Bay House. Let the collections at Australian National Maritime Museum and Justice & Police Museum capture your imagination. Go for a jaunt from Sydney to Manly to see Shelly Beach about 36 minutes away. The adventure continues: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, enjoy the sand and surf at Bondi Beach, stroll through Clovelly Beach, and snap pictures at Sydney Harbour Bridge.

To find where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read our Sydney trip itinerary planner.

Sacramento, USA to Sydney is an approximately 20-hour flight. You'll lose 18 hours traveling from Sacramento to Sydney due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Sacramento in February, you will find days in Sydney are a bit warmer (°F), and nights are much warmer (°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Bondi to Coogee Walk, Shelly Beach
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Bondi to Coogee Walk ©
Bondi to Coogee Walk

3
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Melbourne Museum and Immigration Museum. Do your shopping at Melbourne Central and Federation Square. There's lots more to do: admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Victoria, steep yourself in history at Old Melbourne Gaol, enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, and admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read Melbourne trip itinerary maker site.

Fly from Sydney to Melbourne in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Sydney in February, expect a bit cooler with lows of °F in Melbourne. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums Shopping Tours
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Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum
National Gallery of Victoria ©
National Gallery of Victoria
Old Melbourne Gaol ©
Old Melbourne Gaol

3
nights
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Uluru and Walpa Gorge. Get outdoors at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre and Walkatjara Art. There's still lots to do: explore the activities along Mutitjulu Waterhole, admire the verdant scenery at Valley of the Winds, trek along Uluru Hiking Path, and look for all kinds of wild species at Kuniya Walk.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park using our trip planner.

You can fly from Melbourne to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 5 hours. Another option is to drive. Traveling from Melbourne to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, you'll gain 0.5 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Melbourne in February; daily highs in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park reach °F and lows reach °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Museums
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Uluru ©
Uluru
Valley of the Winds ©
Valley of the Winds
Kuniya Walk ©
Kuniya Walk

2
nights
Cairns

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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): view the masterpieces at Doongal Aboriginal Art Gallery Cairns, trek along Esplanade Boardwalk, thenget a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and finally view the masterpieces at Bones and Jones. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Palm Cove Beach, thenkick back and relax at Trinity Beach, and then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

For where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Cairns travel route planning app.

Traveling by flight from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Cairns takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. The time zone changes from Australian Central Standard Time (ACST) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST), which is usually a 0.5 hour difference. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in February: highs in Cairns hover around °F, while lows dip to °F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can go by car to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Trinity Beach, Palm Cove Beach
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach
Nature & Wildlife Tours

3
nights
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.
Get some cultural insight at Ngarru Gallery and Daintree Entomological museum. Escape the urban bustle at Scuba & Snorkeling and Safaris. Step out of Port Douglas to go to Thornton Beach and see Thornton Beach, which is approximately 1h 30 min away. There's more to do: identify plant and animal life at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures and view the masterpieces at Studio 49 Artisan Gallery.

To see maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Port Douglas trip planner.

Drive from Cairns to Port Douglas in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around °F in February, and nighttime lows around °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Cape Tribulation, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

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