13 days in Sydney, Queensland & Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park Itinerary

13 days in Sydney, Queensland & Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park Itinerary

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13 days in Sydney, Queensland & Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park Itinerary

Start: Sydney
1
Sydney
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 45​min
2
Brisbane
— 1 night
3
Longreach
— 2 nights
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  6​h
4
Townsville
— 1 day
Fly:  6​h 15​min
5
Cooktown
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
6
Cairns
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
7
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
End: Sydney

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sun): take a stroll through The Rocks, then see a show at Sydney Opera House, then kick back and relax at Bondi Beach, and finally steep yourself in history at St Phillip's Anglican church. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at Manly Beach and then wander the streets of Darling Harbour.

To see photos, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Sydney trip planner.

The Route module can give you travel options from your home to Sydney. In August in Sydney, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Sydney

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The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Darling Harbour ©
Darling Harbour
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach

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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 13th (Tue): identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, explore the world behind art at Gallery of Modern Art, and then take in nature's colorful creations at City Botanic Gardens.

For ratings, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Brisbane trip maker website .

Fly from Sydney to Brisbane in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In August, daily temperatures in Brisbane can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Longreach.

Things to do in Brisbane

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Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Gallery of Modern Art ©
Gallery of Modern Art
City Botanic Gardens ©
City Botanic Gardens

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Longreach

Longreach ©
Longreach is a town in Central West Queensland, Australia approximately 700km from the coast, west of Rockhampton. On the 14th (Wed), see the interesting displays at Australian Stockman's Hall of Fame and Outback Heritage Centre, then see the interesting displays at QANTAS Founders Museum, and then take an in-depth tour of Ilfracombe Machinery & Heritage Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the long history of Longreach Powerhouse Museum, contemplate the long history of Camden Park Station, and then get engrossed in the history at Langenbaker House.

For photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Longreach tour itinerary planning site .

Traveling by flight from Brisbane to Longreach takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Brisbane in August, expect nights in Longreach to be about the same, around 10°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Townsville.

Things to do in Longreach

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Ilfracombe
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Townsville

Townsville ©
Tucked snugly beneath a steep, craggy mount--known as Castle Hill--the vibrant city of Townsville is as picturesque as its backdrop.
On the 16th (Fri), explore the galleries of The Drill Hall Studio, learn about all things military at Army Museum North Queensland, then enjoy the sand and surf at The Strand, and finally take in the pleasant sights at Castle Hill.

To see ratings, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Townsville online journey planner .

Do a combination of bus and flight from Longreach to Townsville in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Longreach in August since evenings lows in Townsville dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Cooktown.

Things to do in Townsville

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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The Strand ©
The Strand
Army Museum North Queensland ©
Army Museum North Queensland
The Drill Hall Studio ©
The Drill Hall Studio

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Cooktown

Cooktown ©
Cooktown is a small town and locality in the Shire of Cook, Queensland, Australia. On the 17th (Sat), take an in-depth tour of James Cook Museum, then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then stroll the grounds of Cooktown War Memorial, and finally visit a coastal fixture at Grassy Hill. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Sun): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Black Mountain National Park, then admire the sheer force of Trevethan Falls, then look for all kinds of wild species at Great Northern Tours, and finally kick back and relax at Finch Bay.

To see photos, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Cooktown trip planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Townsville to Cooktown. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Cooktown

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Black Mountain National Park
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James Cook Museum ©
James Cook Museum
Grassy Hill ©
Grassy Hill
Great Northern Tours ©
Great Northern Tours

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Cairns

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 19th (Mon): identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, then kick back and relax at Trinity Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Palm Cove Beach.

For photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Cairns trip builder .

You can drive from Cooktown to Cairns in 4.5 hours. In August, daytime highs in Cairns are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Trinity Beach, Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, Palm Cove Beach
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Australian Butterfly Sanctuary ©
Australian Butterfly Sanctuary
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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nights
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park ©
For quintessential Outback scenery and culture, you can't beat a holiday in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, a World Heritage Site.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Valley of the Winds and Kata Tjuta. Get in touch with nature at Uluru and Walpa Gorge. There's lots more to do: identify plant and animal life at Kuniya Walk, contemplate the waterfront views at Mutitjulu Waterhole, tour the pleasant surroundings at Uluru Hiking Path, and take an in-depth tour of Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip maker app .

You can fly from Cairns to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. When traveling from Cairns in August, plan for little chillier days and colder nights in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park: temperatures range from 27°C by day to 6°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

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 ©
Kata Tjuta

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