19 days in Australia Itinerary

19 days in Australia Itinerary

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19 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Sydney
1
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Melbourne
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
3
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
4
Cairns
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
5
Port Douglas
— 3 nights
shuttle + Fly:  6​h
6
Brisbane
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
End: Sydney

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.
Sydney is known for nightlife, trails, shopping, beaches, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see a show at Sydney Opera House, admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, enjoy the sand and surf at Bondi Beach, and wander the streets of Darling Harbour.

For where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Sydney online trip itinerary maker .

The Route module can give you travel options from your home to Sydney. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in November, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©

3
nights
Melbourne

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, nightlife, parks, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, make a trip to Block Arcade, soar above the sights with a balloon tour, and see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum.

To find other places to visit, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Melbourne trip maker app .

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Melbourne takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Sydney in November, plan for a bit cooler nights in Melbourne, with lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Museums Tours
Highlights from your plan
Balloon Rides
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo

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.
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is known for nature, museums, outdoors, trails, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore and take pictures at Uluru, take an in-depth tour of Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, get outside with Walpa Gorge, and go for a walk through Field of Light.

To see traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip planning website .

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. While traveling from Melbourne, expect much warmer days and somewhat warmer nights in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, ranging from highs of 41°C to lows of 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Uluru ©
Uluru
Valley of the Winds ©
Valley of the Winds
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga ©
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga

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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.
Step out of Cairns with an excursion to Spas in Palm Cove--about 34 minutes away. There's still lots to do: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, have fun at Esplanade Lagoon Pool, identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, and take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Gardens.

To see photos, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Cairns trip builder app .

Fly from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Cairns in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. While traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Cairns, ranging from highs of 36°C to lows of 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to catcht the bus to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk, Spas
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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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.
Port Douglas is known for wildlife, adventure, beaches, zoos & aquariums, and spas. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, get to know the resident critters at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, and see the vivid underwater world at Opal Reef.

To find ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Port Douglas sightseeing planning tool .

Take a bus from Cairns to Port Douglas in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. December in Port Douglas sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, Mossman Gorge Centre
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

3
nights
Brisbane

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.
When in Brisbane, make a side trip to see SunJet Simulations in Mooloolaba, approximately 1h 25 min away. There's much more to do: walk around South Bank Parklands, admire the natural beauty at Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt. Coot-tha, get great views at Mount Coot-tha Lookout, and identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary.

To see photos, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Brisbane tour builder .

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Port Douglas to Brisbane takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and bus; or drive. In December, Brisbane is slightly colder than Port Douglas - with highs of 32°C and lows of 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Wildlife Fun & Games

Side Trip

SunJet Simulations
Highlights from your plan
South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Mount Coot-tha Lookout ©
Mount Coot-tha Lookout

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