17 days in Australia Itinerary

17 days in Australia Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Sydney
— 3 nights
2
Melbourne
— 3 nights
3
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 3 nights
4
Cairns
— 2 nights
5
Port Douglas
— 3 nights

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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like The Rocks and Justice & Police Museum. Let the collections at Australian National Maritime Museum and Brett Whiteley Studio capture your imagination. Go for a jaunt from Sydney to Manly to see Shelly Beach about 36 minutes away. The adventure continues: trek along Bondi to Coogee Walk, see a show at Sydney Opera House, contemplate the long history of Elizabeth Bay House, and take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney.

To find where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read our Sydney trip itinerary planner.

Sacramento, USA to Sydney is an approximately 20-hour flight. You'll lose 18 hours traveling from Sacramento to Sydney due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Sacramento in February, you will find days in Sydney are a bit warmer (°F), and nights are much warmer (°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Bondi to Coogee Walk, Shelly Beach
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Bondi to Coogee Walk ©
Bondi to Coogee Walk

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nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Melbourne Museum and Melbourne Central. Let the collections at National Gallery of Victoria and Federation Square capture your imagination. There's lots more to do: take an in-depth tour of Immigration Museum, contemplate the long history of Old Melbourne Gaol, take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, and get interesting insight from Tours.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Melbourne road trip website.

You can fly from Sydney to Melbourne in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Traveling from Sydney in February, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Melbourne, with lows of °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums Shopping Outdoors
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Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum
National Gallery of Victoria ©
National Gallery of Victoria
Old Melbourne Gaol ©
Old Melbourne Gaol

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Uluru and Walkatjara Art. Get outdoors at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre and Kuniya Walk. And it doesn't end there: contemplate the waterfront views at Mutitjulu Waterhole, appreciate the views at Valley of the Winds, hike along Uluru Hiking Path, and take in the dramatic natural features at Walpa Gorge.

To see traveler tips, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park journey site.

Fly from Melbourne to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Melbourne to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, you'll gain 0.5 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Melbourne in February, things will get a bit warmer in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park: highs are around °F and lows about °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Museums
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Uluru ©
Uluru
Valley of the Winds ©
Valley of the Winds
Kuniya Walk ©
Kuniya Walk

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): view the masterpieces at Doongal Aboriginal Art Gallery Cairns, trek along Esplanade Boardwalk, thenget a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and finally view the masterpieces at Bones and Jones. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Palm Cove Beach, thenkick back and relax at Trinity Beach, and then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

For where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Cairns travel route planning app.

Traveling by flight from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Cairns takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. The time zone changes from Australian Central Standard Time (ACST) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST), which is usually a 0.5 hour difference. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in February: highs in Cairns hover around °F, while lows dip to °F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can go by car to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Trinity Beach, Palm Cove Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach

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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.
Get some cultural insight at Ngarru Gallery and Studio 49 Artisan Gallery. Escape the urban bustle at Scuba & Snorkeling and Hartley's Crocodile Adventures. Explore Port Douglas' surroundings by going to Daintree Entomological museum (in Diwan) and Thornton Beach (in Thornton Beach). There's more to do: take an exotic tour of a safari tour.

To see reviews, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Port Douglas route planner.

Drive from Cairns to Port Douglas in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In February, daily temperatures in Port Douglas can reach °F, while at night they dip to °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Cape Tribulation, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

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