17 days in Australia Itinerary

17 days in Australia Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Washington DC
Fly:  23 h 15 min
1
Cairns
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
2
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Cairns side-trips: Palm Cove (Spas & Palm Cove Beach). There's lots more to do: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, admire the natural beauty at Botanical Gardens, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, and don't miss a visit to Green Island.

To find photos, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Cairns online trip itinerary builder.

Washington DC, USA to Cairns is an approximately 28-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time is 15 hours. Traveling from Washington DC in November, things will get much hotter in Cairns: highs are around 87°F and lows about 72°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trip

Palm Cove
Find places to stay Nov 13 — 16:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach
Spas

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), look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, stop by With Sugar, and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, thenkick back and relax at Four Mile Beach, and then identify plant and animal life at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures.

For other places to visit and more tourist information, you can read our Port Douglas travel planner.

Drive from Cairns to Port Douglas in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In November in Port Douglas, expect temperatures between 87°F during the day and 72°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Find places to stay Nov 16 — 18:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas ©
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas
Safaris

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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Tue): admire the verdant scenery at Valley of the Winds, thentake your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Walpa Gorge. Here are some ideas for day two: trek along Kuniya Walk, explore the activities along Mutitjulu Waterhole, take in the dramatic natural features at Uluru, thentake in the exciting artwork at Walkatjara Art, and finally take an in-depth tour of Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre.

To see photos, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip builder app.

Traveling by flight from Port Douglas to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 0.5 hours traveling from Port Douglas to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. Traveling from Port Douglas in November, you will find days in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park are somewhat warmer (96°F), and nights are a bit cooler (66°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Museums
Find places to stay Nov 18 — 20:
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Uluru ©
Uluru
Valley of the Winds ©
Valley of the Winds
Mutitjulu Waterhole ©
Mutitjulu Waterhole

2
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
On the 21st (Thu), admire the natural beauty at Melbourne Zoo, see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum, thenexplore the world behind art at National Gallery of Victoria, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck. Keep things going the next day: enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, thenappreciate the history behind Shrine of Remembrance, and finally have some family-friendly fun at Zero Latency.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read Melbourne trip itinerary maker site.

Traveling by flight from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Melbourne takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. You'll lose 0.5 hours traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Melbourne due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in November, plan for colder days in Melbourne, with highs around 73°F, while nights are a bit cooler with lows around 50°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to travel to Canberra.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Museums Tours
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Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum
Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance

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.
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, thenengage your brain at Questacon, thenadmire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Australia, and finally get a sense of history and politics at Parliament of Australia.

For maps, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Canberra trip itinerary builder app.

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Canberra takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In November, daytime highs in Canberra are 76°F, while nighttime lows are 48°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to go by car to Sydney.

Things to do in Canberra

Museums Childrens Museums Adventure
Find places to stay Nov 22 — 23:
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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, beaches, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the landmark architecture of Sydney Opera House, snap pictures at Sydney Harbour Bridge, trek along Bondi to Coogee Walk, and see the interesting displays at Australian National Maritime Museum.

To find where to stay, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read our Sydney travel route planner.

Getting from Canberra to Sydney by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Canberra in November, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Sydney, with lows of 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Bondi to Coogee Walk
Find places to stay Nov 23 — 26:
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi to Coogee Walk ©
Bondi to Coogee Walk
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney ©
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney

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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Wed): take in nature's colorful creations at Roma Street Parkland, stroll around South Bank Parklands, and then explore and take pictures at Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt. Coot-tha. Keep things going the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, get great views at Mount Coot-tha Lookout, and then admire the natural beauty at City Botanic Gardens.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Brisbane day trip planner.

Getting from Sydney to Brisbane by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. In November in Brisbane, expect temperatures between 80°F during the day and 65°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Wildlife
Find places to stay Nov 26 — 28:
Highlights from your plan
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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