17 days in Australia Itinerary

17 days in Australia Itinerary

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17 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
Fly:  23​h 15​min
1
Cairns
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
2
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
shuttle + Fly:  5​h 45​min
3
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
4
Melbourne
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
5
Canberra
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
6
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
7
Brisbane
— 2 nights
Fly:  22​h
End: Washington DC

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cairns: Palm Cove (Spas & Palm Cove Beach). The adventure continues: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, hike along Esplanade Boardwalk, take a memorable tour with Tours, and enjoy some diversion at Esplanade Lagoon Pool.

To find other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Cairns trip itinerary planner .

Washington DC, USA to Cairns is an approximately 23.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of subway, bus, and flight. You'll lose 15 hours traveling from Washington DC to Cairns due to the time zone difference. In November, Cairns is warmer than Washington DC - with highs of 87°F and lows of 72°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can catcht the bus to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trip

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

2
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.
On the 17th (Sun), take an exotic tour of a safari tour, look for gifts at With Sugar, and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Keep things going the next day: get to know the resident critters at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, then kick back and relax at Four Mile Beach, and then identify plant and animal life at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures.

For traveler tips, photos, maps, and tourist information, use the Port Douglas vacation website .

Traveling by bus from Cairns to Port Douglas takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In November, plan for daily highs up to 87°F, and evening lows to 72°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Tue): appreciate the views at Valley of the Winds, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga, and then get outside with Walpa Gorge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Wed): hike along Kuniya Walk, get great views at Uluru, contemplate the waterfront views at Mutitjulu Waterhole, explore the striking landscape at Uluru, then take in the exciting artwork at Walkatjara Art, and finally get engrossed in the history at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre.

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Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Port Douglas to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Port Douglas in November, expect nights in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to be little chillier, around 66°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 96°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) 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
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga ©
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga

2
nights
Melbourne

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Thu): get to know the resident critters at Melbourne Zoo, then see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum, then explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Victoria, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck. On the 22nd (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a memorable tour with Tours, admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, then contemplate the long history of Shrine of Remembrance, and finally get your game on at Zero Latency.

To find reviews, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Melbourne road trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Melbourne takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect cooler weather when traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in November: highs in Melbourne hover around 73°F, while lows dip to 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to travel to Canberra.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums Parks Outdoors
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Balloon Rides
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo

1
night
Canberra

Canberra ©
A planned city with streets laid out in elaborate, geometric patterns and founded specifically to serve as the capital of the emerging Australian state, Canberra has a self-sufficient atmosphere.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sat): find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, get engrossed in the history at Australian War Memorial, get curious at Questacon, then admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Australia, and finally ponder the world of politics at Parliament of Australia.

For other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Canberra online trip itinerary planner .

Fly from Melbourne to Canberra in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. November in Canberra sees daily highs of 76°F and lows of 48°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can go by car to Sydney.

Things to do in Canberra

Museums Childrens Museums Outdoors
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Australian War Memorial ©
Australian War Memorial
Parliament of Australia ©
Parliament of Australia
Questacon ©
Questacon

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.
Sydney is known for nightlife, trails, beaches, shopping, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the landmark architecture of Sydney Opera House, tour the pleasant surroundings at Bondi Beach, take in the views from Sydney Harbour Bridge, and wander the streets of Darling Harbour.

To see ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Sydney trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Canberra to Sydney takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Canberra in November, Sydney is a bit warmer at night with lows of 62°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©

2
nights
Brisbane

Brisbane ©
Queensland’s biggest town and state capital, Brisbane has an attractive, manicured image based around its riverside aesthetic as well as the contrast between its high-rise center and extensive urban greenery.
On the 27th (Wed), admire the natural beauty at Roma Street Parkland, walk around South Bank Parklands, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt. Coot-tha. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, then get great views at Mount Coot-tha Lookout, and then admire the natural beauty at City Botanic Gardens.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Brisbane journey planner.

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Brisbane takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In November, plan for daily highs up to 80°F, and evening lows to 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Wildlife
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South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Mount Coot-tha Lookout ©
Mount Coot-tha Lookout

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