28 days in Australia & Japan Itinerary

28 days in Australia & Japan Itinerary

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28 days in Australia & Japan Itinerary

Start: Santiago, Chile
Fly:  17​h 15​min
1
Sydney, Australia
— 4 nights
Fly + Shuttle:  6​h 45​min
2
Port Douglas, Australia
— 3 nights
Bus:  1​h 15​min
3
Cairns, Australia
— 4 nights
Fly + Train:  9​h 30​min
4
Kyoto, Japan
— 2 nights
Train:  2​h 45​min
5
Tokyo, Japan
— 4 nights
Fly:  16​h
6
Perth, Australia
— 1 day
Fly:  9​h 15​min
7
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, Australia
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
8
Melbourne, Australia
— 2 nights
Fly:  17​h 45​min
End: Santiago, Chile

4
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.
Sydney is known for nightlife, trails, beaches, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see a show at Sydney Opera House, take a stroll through The Rocks, enjoy the sand and surf at Bondi Beach, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Manly Beach.

To find where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Sydney road trip planner .

Santiago, Chile to Sydney is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Santiago to Sydney is 14 hours. September in Sydney sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 14°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Bondi to Coogee Walk
Highlights from your plan
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney ©
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney

3
nights
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.
Spend the 28th (Sat) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 30th (Mon) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. There's still lots to do: relax in the rural setting at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, don't miss a visit to St Mary’s by The Sea chapel, look for all kinds of wild species at Opal Reef, and meet the residents at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read Port Douglas trip planner.

You can do a combination of flight and shuttle from Sydney to Port Douglas in 7 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Sydney in September: high temperatures in Port Douglas hover around 33°C and lows are around 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to catcht the bus to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Safaris

4
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Cairns side-trips: Palm Cove (Palm Cove Beach & Spas). Spend the 2nd (Wed) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 4th (Fri) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's much more to do: hike along Esplanade Boardwalk, take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Gardens, see the world from above with a helicopter tour, and enjoy some diversion at Esplanade Lagoon Pool.

For traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Cairns trip planner .

Take a bus from Port Douglas to Cairns in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In October, daily temperatures in Cairns can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Palm Cove
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk
Spas

2
nights
Kyoto, Japan

Kyoto ©
The national capital for over a thousand years, Kyoto retains much of the charm of old Japan, boasting numerous temples and shrines that seem completely untouched by the modern world.
Change things up with a short trip to Universal Studios Japan in Osaka (about 1h 15 min away). The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, get engrossed in the history at Kyoto Museum of Traditional Crafts Fureaikan, contemplate the long history of Heian Shrine, and take a stroll through Gion.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Kyoto trip itinerary site .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Cairns to Kyoto takes 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) (AEST) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Cairns in October, things will get little chillier in Kyoto: highs are around 27°C and lows about 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Theme Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Universal Studios Japan
Highlights from your plan
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

4
nights
Tokyo, Japan

Tokyo ©
Tokyo holds the status of most populous metropolitan area in the world--a fact you'll find tangible as you walk the bustling streets and explore its diverse neighborhoods and cultures.
Tokyo is known for historic sites, parks, shopping, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, take a stroll through Odaiba, and see the interesting displays at Edo-Tokyo Museum.

For where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Tokyo trip builder tool .

You can take a train from Kyoto to Tokyo in 3 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. In October, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can travel to Perth.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums Neighborhoods Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

1
day
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 13th (Sun), take in nature's colorful creations at Kings Park & Botanic Garden, contemplate the long history of The Perth Mint, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Swan River.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Perth online itinerary planner .

Traveling by flight from Tokyo to Perth takes 16 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Tokyo to Perth due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Tokyo in October, expect slightly colder with lows of 12°C in Perth. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

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
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.
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, trek along Uluru Hiking Path, explore the activities along Mutitjulu Waterhole, and take in the pleasant sights at Lungkata Walk.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip planning tool .

Getting from Perth to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park by flight takes about 9.5 hours. Other options: drive. The time zone difference moving from Australian Western Standard Time to Australian Central Standard Time (Northern Territory) is 1 hour. In October, Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is somewhat warmer than Perth - with highs of 38°C and lows of 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

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

2
nights
Melbourne, Australia

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, parks, nightlife, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: tour the pleasant surroundings at Royal Botanic Gardens, get to know the resident critters at Melbourne Zoo, brush up on your military savvy at Shrine of Remembrance, and soar above the sights with a balloon tour.

To see traveler tips and tourist information, refer to the Melbourne sightseeing planning app .

Traveling by flight from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Melbourne takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect much colder weather when traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in October: highs in Melbourne hover around 24°C, while lows dip to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

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

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