19 days in Papeete & Australia Itinerary

19 days in Papeete & Australia Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Papeete, French Polynesia
— 2 nights
2
Sydney, Australia
— 3 nights
3
Melbourne, Australia
— 2 nights
4
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, Australia
— 3 nights
5
Port Douglas, Australia
— 3 nights
6
Cairns, Australia
— 3 nights

2
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Papeete, French Polynesia

Papeete ©
The capital of French Polynesia, Pape'ete amounts to little more than a medium-sized town by Western standards, but it is still a thriving hub of culture and commerce.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): take an in-depth tour of Museum of Tahiti and the Islands and then stroll through Punaauia Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: browse the eclectic array of goods at Municipal Market, thencontemplate the long history of James Norman Hall Home, thenstroll through Point Venus, and finally look for gifts at Fluid Tahiti.

To see ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Papeete planning app.

Chicago, USA to Papeete is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Tahiti Time is minus 4 hours. Prepare for much warmer weather when traveling from Chicago in January: high temperatures in Papeete hover around °F and lows are around °F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Sat) to allow time for travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Papeete

Parks Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Punaauia, Tahiti, The Water Gardens of Vaipahi
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Point Venus ©
Point Venus
James Norman Hall Home ©
James Norman Hall Home
Museum of Tahiti and the Islands ©
Museum of Tahiti and the Islands

3
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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.
You'll get in some beach time at Bondi Beach and Manly Beach. Sydney Opera House and The Rocks are good opportunities to explore the local culture. The adventure continues: trek along Bondi to Coogee Walk, take in the dramatic natural features at Mrs Macquarie's Chair, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and take in the pleasant sights at The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk.

To see ratings, maps, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Sydney road trip planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Papeete to Sydney takes 13 hours. You'll lose 20 hours traveling from Papeete to Sydney due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Papeete in January, with highs in Sydney at °F and lows at °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

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

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Melbourne, Australia

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
On the 31st (Fri), see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum, shop like a local with Federation Square, thentake in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck, and finally discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On your second day here, enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour and then wander the streets of Melbourne Central.

To find reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Melbourne road trip planner.

You can fly from Sydney to Melbourne in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Expect little chillier evenings in Melbourne when traveling from Sydney in January, with lows around °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Melbourne

Outdoors Tours Shopping
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum
Melbourne Central ©
Melbourne Central

3
nights
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, Australia

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 a sense of the local culture at Uluru and Kuniya Walk. Get in touch with nature at Valley of the Winds and Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre. There's still lots to do: explore the striking landscape at Walpa Gorge, don't miss a visit to Field of Light, take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, and explore the activities along Mutitjulu Waterhole.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip itinerary planner.

Fly from Melbourne to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Melbourne to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is minus 0.5 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Melbourne in February, with highs in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park at °F and lows at °F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

Yulara
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Uluru ©
Uluru
Valley of the Winds ©
Valley of the Winds
Kuniya Walk ©
Kuniya Walk

3
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Port Douglas, Australia

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 Scuba & Snorkeling and Safaris. Daintree Entomological museum and Ngarru Gallery are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's much more to do: identify plant and animal life at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, do a tasting at Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery, and kick back and relax at Four Mile Beach.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, use the Port Douglas route planner.

Traveling by flight from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Port Douglas takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. The time zone difference moving from Australian Central Standard Time (ACST) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) is 0.5 hours. Traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in February, you will find days in Port Douglas are little chillier (°F), and nights are about the same (°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Daintree Entomological museum, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery, Mossman Gorge Centre
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

3
nights
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.
Visiting Scuba & Snorkeling and Nature & Wildlife Tours will get you outdoors. Shop till you drop at Village Gallery and Doongal Aboriginal Art Gallery Cairns. Get out of town with these interesting Cairns side-trips: Mulgrave Settlers Museum (in Gordonvale) and Palm Cove Beach (in Palm Cove). And it doesn't end there: stroll through Esplanade Boardwalk, admire the masterpieces at KickArts Contemporary Arts, and enjoy the sand and surf at Trinity Beach.

To see ratings, photos, and tourist information, go to the Cairns road trip website.

Traveling by car from Port Douglas to Cairns takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. February in Cairns sees daily highs of °F and lows of °F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

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

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