17 days in Australia Itinerary

17 days in Australia Itinerary

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17 days in Australia Itinerary

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, trails, shopping, beaches, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, enjoy the sand and surf at Manly Beach, take a stroll through Darling Harbour, and snap pictures at Sydney Harbour Bridge.

To see other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Sydney trip itinerary planner.

San Francisco, USA to Sydney is an approximately 17-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus, shuttle, and flight. Traveling from San Francisco to Sydney, you'll lose 18 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from San Francisco in March, with highs in Sydney at 79°F and lows at 66°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Darling Harbour ©
Darling Harbour
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney ©
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney
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.
Step out of Cairns to go to Palm Cove and see Palm Cove Beach, which is approximately 32 minutes away. There's lots more to do: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, pause for some photo ops at Cairns Cenotaph, hike along Esplanade Boardwalk, and admire the landmark architecture of Freshwater Station.

Start your trip to Cairns by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

You can fly from Sydney to Cairns in 6 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Sydney in March: high temperatures in Cairns hover around 87°F and lows are around 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. There's much more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Uluru, take in the exciting artwork at Walkatjara Art, go for a walk through Field of Light, and contemplate the waterfront views at Mutitjulu Waterhole.

Before you visit Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Traveling by flight from Cairns to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Cairns in March, expect nights in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to be about the same, around 70°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 95°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

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

4
nights
Melbourne

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Step out of Melbourne with an excursion to The Great Ocean Road in Torquay--about 1h 35 min away. Next up on the itinerary: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, stroll around Fitzroy Gardens, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Melbourne Zoo.

For traveler tips, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read Melbourne trip itinerary website .

Traveling by flight from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Melbourne takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in March, expect Melbourne to be little chillier, temps between 78°F and 56°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trip

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

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