8 days in Australia Itinerary

8 days in Australia Itinerary

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Start: Sydney
1
Sydney
— 2 nights
Fly + Shuttle:  6 h 45 min
2
Port Douglas
— 1 night
Bus:  1 h 15 min
3
Cairns
— 2 nights
Fly:  4 h 45 min
4
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 2 nights
Fly:  5 h 30 min
End: Sydney

2
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.
Visit Bondi Beach and Manly Beach for some beach relaxation. Family-friendly places like Sea Life Sydney Aquarium and Clovelly Beach will thrill your kids. Next up on the itinerary: trek along Bondi to Coogee Walk, admire the natural beauty at Chinese Garden of Friendship, take in the views from Sydney Harbour Bridge, and take in the dramatic natural features at Mrs Macquarie's Chair.

To find reviews, photos, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Sydney trip itinerary planner.

The Route module shows you all the different ways you can get to Sydney. In October, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Bondi to Coogee Walk
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Bondi to Coogee Walk ©
Bondi to Coogee Walk
Manly Beach
Manly Beach

1
night
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 4th (Sun), get outside with Horses in Port, then get to know the resident critters at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

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Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Sydney to Port Douglas takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Sydney in October, expect Port Douglas to be a bit warmer, temps between 34°C and 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) early enough to catch the bus to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas ©
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas
Horses in Port ©
Horses in Port

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 5th (Mon): admire all the interesting features of The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On the 6th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: trek along Esplanade Boardwalk, then stroll through Trinity Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Palm Cove Beach.

To find reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Cairns trip itinerary maker website.

Take a bus from Port Douglas to Cairns in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In October, daily temperatures in Cairns can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Palm Cove Beach, The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk, Trinity Beach
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Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach

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 7th (Wed): trek along Uluru Hiking Path, then explore the striking landscape at Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Walpa Gorge. On the 8th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: hike along Kuniya Walk, then take in the dramatic natural features at Uluru, and then explore the activities along Mutitjulu Waterhole.

To find more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park road trip website.

You can fly from Cairns to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 5 hours. Another option is to drive. You'll gain 0.5 hours traveling from Cairns to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Cairns in October, plan for somewhat warmer days and slightly colder nights in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park: temperatures range from 38°C by day to 18°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga ©
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga
Kuniya Walk ©
Kuniya Walk

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