17 days in Australia Itinerary

17 days in Australia Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: San Francisco
Fly:  17 h
1
Sydney
— 4 nights
Fly:  6 h
2
Cairns
— 3 nights
Fly:  4 h 45 min
3
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 3 nights
Fly:  4 h 45 min
4
Melbourne
— 4 nights
Fly:  18 h 45 min
End: San Francisco

4
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, beaches, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, wander the streets of Darling Harbour, trek along Bondi to Coogee Walk, and get to know the fascinating history of The Rocks.

Before you visit Sydney, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

San Francisco, USA to Sydney is an approximately 17-hour flight. You'll lose 18 hours traveling from San Francisco to Sydney due to the time zone difference. Traveling from San Francisco in March, expect Sydney to be somewhat warmer, temps between 79°F and 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Bondi to Coogee Walk
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi to Coogee Walk ©
Bondi to Coogee Walk
The Rocks ©
The Rocks

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.
Take a break from Cairns with a short trip to Palm Cove Beach in Palm Cove, about 32 minutes away. The adventure continues: take a memorable tour with Tours, have fun at Esplanade Lagoon Pool, appreciate the history behind Cairns Cenotaph, and don't miss a visit to Freshwater Station.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Cairns day trip planning website.

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Cairns takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Sydney in March, things will get somewhat warmer in Cairns: highs are around 87°F and lows about 74°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trip

Palm Cove Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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.
You've now added Voyages Ayers Rock Resort to your itinerary. Next up on the itinerary: take in the dramatic natural features at Uluru, trek along Kuniya Walk, go for a walk through Field of Light, and get your bearings at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park online itinerary planner.

Getting from Cairns to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Cairns to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is minus 0.5 hours. While traveling from Cairns, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, ranging from highs of 95°F to lows of 70°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Uluru ©
Uluru
Valley of the Winds ©
Valley of the Winds
Mutitjulu Waterhole ©
Mutitjulu Waterhole

4
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Change things up with a short trip to The Great Ocean Road in Torquay (about 1h 35 min away). There's much more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, stroll around Fitzroy Gardens, don't miss a visit to Flinders Street Station, and let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour.

For photos, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Melbourne itinerary planning tool.

You can fly from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Melbourne in 5 hours. Another option is to drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Melbourne is 0.5 hours. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in March; daily highs in Melbourne reach 78°F and lows reach 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trip

The Great Ocean Road
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The Great Ocean Road ©
The Great Ocean Road
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo

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