23 days in Australia Itinerary

23 days in Australia Itinerary

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23 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Kahului, Maui
bus + Fly:  15​h 30​min
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
+2
Fly + foot + bus:  9​h 15​min
4
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)
— 3 nights
+2
bus + foot + Fly:  10​h 30​min
5
Cairns
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
6
Port Douglas
— 4 nights
shuttle + Fly:  20​h 45​min
End: Kahului, Maui

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.
Visit The Rocks and Elizabeth Bay House for their historical value. Sydney Opera House and Darling Harbour are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's much more to do: hike along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, kick back and relax at Manly Beach, take in the views from Sydney Harbour Bridge, and take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney.

To see reviews, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read our Sydney itinerary builder app .

Kahului, USA to Sydney is an approximately 15.5-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also do a combination of bus, ferry, and flight. You'll lose 20 hours traveling from Kahului to Sydney due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Kahului in September, things will get slightly colder in Sydney: highs are around 71°F and lows about 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
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.
Get some cultural insight at Shrine of Remembrance and Melbourne Museum. Visit Old Melbourne Gaol and St. Patrick's Cathedral for their historical value. Take a break from Melbourne with a short trip to The Great Ocean Road in Torquay, about 1h 20 min away. And it doesn't end there: admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Victoria, take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck, and steep yourself in history at Parliament House of Victoria.

To see more things to do, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, go to the Melbourne trip maker site .

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 September, things will get little chillier in Melbourne: highs are around 63°F and lows about 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums Scenic Drive Historic Sites

Side Trip

The Great Ocean Road
Highlights from your plan
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum
The Great Ocean Road ©
The Great Ocean Road
Old Melbourne Gaol ©
Old Melbourne Gaol

3
nights
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park ©
For quintessential Outback scenery and culture, you can't beat a holiday in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, a World Heritage Site.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Uluru and Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga. Step out of the city life by going to Valley of the Winds and Uluru Hiking Path. There's lots more to do: identify plant and animal life at Kuniya Walk, take some stellar pictures from Uluru, get outside with Walpa Gorge, and take an in-depth tour of Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre.

For reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park day trip website .

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Melbourne in September; daily highs in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park reach 83°F and lows reach 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to travel to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park).

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

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

3
nights
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) ©
Jabiru is a town in the Northern Territory of Australia. Do some cultural sightseeing at Ubirr and Nourlangie Rock. Get outdoors at Maguk Gorge and Jim Jim Falls. There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Anbangbang Billabong, make a trip to Bardedjilidji Walk, take in the dramatic scenery at Motor Car Falls, and admire all the interesting features of Anbangbang Rock Shelter.

For where to stay, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read our Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) trip itinerary maker app .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) takes 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and car. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Kakadu National Park
Highlights from your plan
Maguk Gorge ©
Maguk Gorge
Ubirr ©
Ubirr
Anbangbang Billabong ©
Anbangbang Billabong

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Scuba & Snorkeling and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Step out of Cairns to go to Palm Cove and see Palm Cove Beach, which is approximately 32 minutes away. There's still lots to do: trek along Esplanade Boardwalk, take in the waterfront at The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk, take in the exciting artwork at Bones and Jones, and identify plant and animal life at Green Arrow Walk.

For reviews, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Cairns tour website .

Getting from Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) to Cairns by combination of bus and flight takes about 10.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight; or drive. In October in Cairns, expect temperatures between 85°F during the day and 69°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to catcht the bus to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

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

4
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Scuba & Snorkeling and Safaris. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Port Douglas: Photography Tours (in Daintree) and Daintree National Park (in Cape Tribulation). There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, explore the galleries of Ngarru Gallery, explore the gorgeous colors at Opal Reef, and get outside with Horses in Port.

To find photos, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Port Douglas road trip app .

Traveling by bus from Cairns to Port Douglas takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In October, plan for daily highs up to 85°F, and evening lows to 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, Daintree National Park, Photography Tours, Mossman Gorge Centre
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

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