17 days in Australia Itinerary

17 days in Australia Itinerary

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17 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Buenos Aires
Fly:  21​h 15​min
1
Sydney
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Melbourne
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
3
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 2 nights
Fly + shuttle:  5​h 45​min
4
Port Douglas
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
5
Cairns
— 3 nights
Fly:  21​h 15​min
End: Buenos Aires

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: kick back and relax at Bondi Beach, don't miss a visit to Sydney Opera House, take a stroll through Darling Harbour, and examine the collection at Australian National Maritime Museum.

To find traveler tips, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read Sydney driving holiday planner .

Buenos Aires, Argentina to Sydney is an approximately 21.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of ferry and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. You'll lose 13 hours traveling from Buenos Aires to Sydney due to the time zone difference. In January, daytime highs in Sydney are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Manly Beach
Manly Beach

3
nights
Melbourne

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Go for a jaunt from Melbourne to Werribee to see Werribee Open Range Zoo about 42 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, don't miss a visit to Fitzroy Gardens, get interesting insight from Tours, and meet the residents at Melbourne Zoo.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Melbourne online trip itinerary planner .

Fly from Sydney to Melbourne in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Melbourne when traveling from Sydney in January, with lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Outdoors

Side Trip

Werribee Open Range Zoo
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Balloon Rides
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum

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 24th (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Kuniya Walk, then explore the activities along Mutitjulu Waterhole, then explore and take pictures at Uluru, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Uluru Hiking Path. Here are some ideas for day two: appreciate the views at Valley of the Winds and then get outside with Walpa Gorge.

To find where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip itinerary website .

Fly from Melbourne to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Melbourne in January; daily highs in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park reach 43°C and lows reach 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to travel to Port Douglas.

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
Kuniya Walk ©
Kuniya Walk

3
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.
Step out of Port Douglas to go to Daintree and see Tranquility Falls, which is approximately 54 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: take a memorable tour with Tours, stop by With Sugar, stroll through Four Mile Beach, and relax in the rural setting at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures.

For more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Port Douglas online route maker .

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Port Douglas takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. When traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in January, plan for a bit cooler days in Port Douglas, with highs around 37°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) so you can take a bus to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Tranquility Falls, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

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.
Cairns is known for wildlife, adventure, trails, parks, and fun & games. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, make a splash at Cairns Wake park, and have some family-friendly fun at Cairns Kart Hire Track.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Cairns day trip planning site .

Take a bus from Port Douglas to Cairns in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In January in Cairns, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 28°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk, Cairns Kart Hire Track
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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