17 days in Australia, Ubud & Seminyak Itinerary

17 days in Australia, Ubud & Seminyak Itinerary

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Start: Rhodes Town, Greece
Fly:  30 h
1
Cairns, Australia
— 1 night
Shuttle + Fly:  5 h 15 min
2
Brisbane, Australia
— 1 night
Fly:  3 h 45 min
3
Sydney, Australia
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h 30 min
4
Melbourne, Australia
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h 30 min
5
Adelaide, Australia
— 1 night
Fly:  5 h 30 min
6
Perth, Australia
— 2 nights
Fly:  9 h
7
Ubud, Indonesia
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
8
Seminyak, Indonesia
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  21 h
End: Rhodes Town, Greece

1
night
Cairns, Australia

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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Mon): indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, look for all kinds of wild species at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Here are some ideas for day two: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, take in the waterfront at The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk, then have fun at Esplanade Lagoon Pool, and finally trek along Esplanade Boardwalk.

To see ratings, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Cairns online vacation builder.

Rhodes Town, Greece to Cairns is an approximately 29- hour flight. You can also do a combination of ferry, shuttle, and flight; or do a combination of ferry, bus, and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 8 hours traveling from Rhodes Town to Cairns. Expect warmer temperatures when traveling from Rhodes Town in December; daily highs in Cairns reach 36°C and lows reach 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk, Spas
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

1
night
Brisbane, Australia

Brisbane ©
Queensland’s biggest town and state capital, Brisbane has an attractive, manicured image based around its riverside aesthetic as well as the contrast between its high-rise center and extensive urban greenery.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Wed): identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, then stroll around South Bank Parklands, and then admire the natural beauty at City Botanic Gardens.

For more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Brisbane trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Cairns to Brisbane takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and bus; or drive. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Cairns in December, with highs in Brisbane at 32°C and lows at 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
City Botanic Gardens ©
City Botanic Gardens

2
nights
Sydney, Australia

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.
On the 31st (Thu), visit Darling Harbour, take in the views from Sydney Harbour Bridge, enjoy the sand and surf at Bondi Beach, then look for gifts at DUX Collection Sydney, and finally wander the streets of The Rocks. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Fri): trek along Bondi to Coogee Walk, explore the striking landscape at Mrs Macquarie's Chair, then admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, then catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, and finally kick back and relax at Manly Beach.

For traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Sydney trip website.

Traveling by flight from Brisbane to Sydney takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In December, daytime highs in Sydney are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Bondi to Coogee Walk
Highlights from your plan
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney ©
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney
The Rocks ©
The Rocks

2
nights
Melbourne, Australia

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Sat): learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Melbourne Zoo, then examine the collection at Melbourne Museum, then admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Victoria, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck. Keep things going the next day: get interesting insight from Tours, take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, then pause for some photo ops at Shrine of Remembrance, and finally get your game on at Zero Latency.

For ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Melbourne planner.

You can fly from Sydney to Melbourne in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Sydney in January, expect a bit cooler with lows of 17°C in Melbourne. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) to allow time to travel to Adelaide.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Zero Latency ©
Zero Latency
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo
Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance

1
night
Adelaide, Australia

Adelaide exists contentedly as a cultured, diverse, and attractive city with a laid-back center, leafy residential districts, and an underlying cosmopolitan atmosphere.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Mon): don't miss a visit to Adelaide Oval, take an in-depth tour of South Australian Museum, then admire the masterpieces at Art Gallery of South Australia, then admire the natural beauty at Adelaide Botanic Garden, and finally awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area.

Plan a Adelaide trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

Getting from Melbourne to Adelaide by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) to Australian Central Standard Time (ACST) is minus 0.5 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Adelaide can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Perth.

Things to do in Adelaide

Tours Museums Parks
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings
South Australian Museum ©
South Australian Museum
Adelaide Botanic Garden ©
Adelaide Botanic Garden

2
nights
Perth, Australia

Perth ©
A modern metropolis of glassy skyscrapers, waterside boulevards, and lush residential neighborhoods, Perth sits on the edge of the Swan Coastal Plain.
On the 5th (Tue), contemplate the long history of The Perth Mint, appreciate the history behind State War Memorial, then take in nature's colorful creations at Kings Park and Botanic Garden, then snap pictures at Elizabeth Quay, and finally explore the activities along Swan River.

To see maps, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Perth trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by flight from Adelaide to Perth takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Adelaide to Perth is minus 1.5 hours. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Adelaide in January: highs in Perth hover around 38°C, while lows dip to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Ubud.

Things to do in Perth

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Kings Park and Botanic Garden ©
Kings Park and Botanic Garden
Swan River ©
Swan River
The Perth Mint ©
The Perth Mint

2
nights
Ubud, Indonesia

Ubud ©
Experience small-town Bali in Ubud, an atmospheric town surrounded by small settlements, farms, and rice paddies.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Ubud: Tirta Empul Temple (in Tampaksiring) and Ulun Danu Beratan Temple (in Tabanan). There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, Head underground at Elephant Cave, and see the interesting displays at Neka Art Museum.

For traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Ubud trip builder tool.

You can fly from Perth to Ubud in 7 hours. Traveling from Perth in January, expect a bit warmer with lows of 28°C in Ubud. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can go by car to Seminyak.

Things to do in Ubud

Spas Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Tegalalang, Tirta Empul Temple, Ulun Danu Beratan Temple
Highlights from your plan
Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary ©
Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary
Tirta Empul Temple ©
Tirta Empul Temple
Tegalalang Rice Terrace ©
Tegalalang Rice Terrace

2
nights
Seminyak, Indonesia

A popular resort town offering a good range of tourist trips, activities, and amenities, Seminyak houses numerous tour companies providing excursions into the jungles of Bali.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Sat): make a splash at Waterbom Bali, then stop by Krakakoa Chocolate Factory & Store, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Tanah Lot Temple. On your second day here, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uluwatu Temple, and then wander the streets of Jimbaran Bay.

For where to stay, maps, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Seminyak journey tool.

Traveling by car from Ubud to Seminyak takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Seminyak

Theme Parks Historic Sites Spas

Side Trips

Jimbaran Bay, Waterbom Bali, Tanah Lot Temple, Uluwatu Temple
Highlights from your plan
Spas
Tanah Lot Temple
Tanah Lot Temple
Uluwatu Temple ©
Uluwatu Temple

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