17 days in Australia Itinerary

17 days in Australia Itinerary

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17 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Doha
Fly:  25 h
1
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 3 nights
Fly:  4 h 45 min
2
Cairns
— 3 nights
Fly:  2 h 30 min
3
Hamilton Island
— 1 night
Travel:  2 h 30 min
4
Whitsunday Island
— 1 night
Fly:  4 h
5
Sydney
— 4 nights
Fly:  3 h 30 min
6
Melbourne
— 3 nights
Fly:  16 h 45 min
End: Doha

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.
Get some cultural insight at Walkatjara Art and Valley of the Winds. There's lots more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Uluru, go for a walk through Lungkata Walk, identify plant and animal life at Red Desert Reptiles, and trek along Kuniya Walk.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip maker .

Doha, Qatar to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is an approximately 25-hour flight. Traveling from Doha to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, you'll lose 6 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Doha in December, you will find days in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park are warmer (42°C), and nights are somewhat warmer (24°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

Red Desert Reptiles
Highlights from your plan
Uluru ©
Uluru
Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre ©
Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre
Walkatjara Art ©
Walkatjara Art

3
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.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Four Mile Beach and Trinity Beach. You'll explore and learn at Village Gallery and Ngarru Gallery. Step out of Cairns to go to Port Douglas and see Safaris, which is approximately 1h 25 min away. It doesn't end there: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour and take in the exciting artwork at Doongal Aboriginal Art Gallery Cairns.

To see where to stay, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, go to the Cairns driving holiday planner .

Fly from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Cairns in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. When traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in December, plan for slightly colder days in Cairns, with highs around 36°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Hamilton Island.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Port Douglas, Trinity Beach, Village Gallery
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach

1
night
Hamilton Island

A trip to Hamilton Island takes you to a car-free destination mostly covered in bushland.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Thu): get outside with Jetryder, browse the exhibits of Hamilton Island Art Gallery, and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Hamilton Island trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by flight from Cairns to Hamilton Island takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. In December, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Whitsunday Island.

Things to do in Hamilton Island

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Hamilton Island Art Gallery ©
Hamilton Island Art Gallery

1
night
Whitsunday Island

Whitsunday Island ©
Start off your visit on the 27th (Fri): contemplate the waterfront views at Hill Inlet, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Whitehaven Beach, and then head off the coast to Whitsunday Islands National Park.

Plan my Whitsunday Island trip by asking Inpirock to come up with tips and suggestions.

Explore your travel options from Hamilton Island to Whitsunday Island with the Route module. Traveling from Hamilton Island in December, expect a bit cooler with lows of 24°C in Whitsunday Island. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Whitsunday Island

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Whitehaven Beach ©
Whitehaven Beach
Whitsunday Islands National Park ©
Whitsunday Islands National Park
Hill Inlet ©
Hill Inlet

4
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.
We've included these beaches for you: Bondi Beach and Manly Beach. Museum-lovers will get to explore Australian National Maritime Museum and Art Gallery of New South Wales. There's much more to do: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, shop like a local with Queen Victoria Building, and take in the dramatic natural features at Mrs Macquarie's Chair.

For reviews, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Sydney trip builder app .

Traveling by flight from Whitsunday Island to Sydney takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a train. While traveling from Whitsunday Island, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Sydney, ranging from highs of 32°C to lows of 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Featherdale Sydney Wildlife Park
Highlights from your plan
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach

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.
Melbourne Museum and Craft Victoria will appeal to museum buffs. National Gallery of Victoria and Melbourne Central are good opportunities to explore the local culture. The adventure continues: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck, stroll through St. Kilda Beach, and steep yourself in history at Old Melbourne Gaol.

To find reviews, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Melbourne trip planner .

You can fly from Sydney to Melbourne in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Sydney in December, expect a bit cooler with lows of 14°C in Melbourne. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums Parks Shopping

Side Trip

St. Kilda Beach
Highlights from your plan
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum
National Gallery of Victoria ©
National Gallery of Victoria
Old Melbourne Gaol ©
Old Melbourne Gaol

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