17 days in Australia Itinerary

17 days in Australia Itinerary

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17 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Warsaw
foot + Fly:  21​h 45​min
1
Perth
— Few hours
Fly:  6​h 15​min
2
Melbourne
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Sydney
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Katoomba
— 2 nights
train + Fly:  7​h 45​min
5
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 1 night
Fly + shuttle:  5​h 45​min
6
Port Douglas
— 1 night
7
Cairns
— 2 nights
Fly + train:  23​h 30​min
End: Warsaw

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Perth

Perth ©
A modern metropolis of glassy skyscrapers, waterside boulevards, and lush residential neighborhoods, Perth sits on the edge of the Swan Coastal Plain.
On the 24th (Thu), pause for some photo ops at Kings Park War Memorial and then take in nature's colorful creations at Kings Park & Botanic Garden.

To see photos, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Perth planning tool .

Warsaw, Poland to Perth is an approximately 22-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time (CET) to Australian Western Standard Time (AWST) is 7 hours. Traveling from Warsaw in January, things will get much hotter in Perth: highs are around 38°C and lows about 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Perth

Parks
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Kings Park & Botanic Garden ©
Kings Park & Botanic Garden
Kings Park War Memorial ©
Kings Park War Memorial

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.
Melbourne is known for museums, shopping, parks, nightlife, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, take a memorable tour with Tours, examine the collection at Melbourne Museum, and admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Victoria.

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Traveling by flight from Perth to Melbourne takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. The time zone changes from Australian Western Standard Time (AWST) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Victoria) (AEST), which is usually a 2 hour difference. Traveling from Perth in January, things will get little chillier in Melbourne: highs are around 32°C and lows about 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Outdoors Tours Parks
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Melbourne Boat Hire ©
Melbourne Boat Hire
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo

3
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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, beaches, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, pause for some photo ops at Mrs Macquarie's Chair, tour the pleasant surroundings at Manly Beach, and take in the views from Sydney Harbour Bridge.

For maps, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Sydney trip itinerary planning site .

Getting from Melbourne to Sydney by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Traveling from Melbourne in January, expect a bit warmer with lows of 23°C in Sydney. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Katoomba.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
The Rocks ©
The Rocks
The Royal Botanic Garden ©
The Royal Botanic Garden

2
nights
Katoomba

Located off of the Great Western Highway, Katoomba is the main hub of the City of Blue Mountains.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Thu): admire the natural beauty at Everglades Historic House and Gardens, take in the dramatic scenery at Wentworth Falls, admire the masterpieces at Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum, then get great views at Elysian Rock Lookout, then take some stellar pictures from 3 Sisters Echo Point, and finally take some stellar pictures from The Three Sisters. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: appreciate the extensive heritage of The National Pass, don't miss a visit to Gallery Blackheath, and then tour in harmony with nature at Eco Tours.

To find traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Katoomba online tour itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Sydney to Katoomba takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In January in Katoomba, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Katoomba

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Leura, Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum, The National Pass, Gallery Blackheath
Find places to stay Jan 30 — Feb 1:
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Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
Wentworth Falls ©
Wentworth Falls
Gallery Blackheath ©
Gallery Blackheath

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night
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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sat): trek along Uluru Hiking Path, then view the masterpieces at Walkatjara Art, then contemplate the waterfront views at Mutitjulu Waterhole, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Uluru. On the 3rd (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take an in-depth tour of Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, then take in the awesome beauty at Kata Tjuta, and then head outdoors with Walpa Gorge.

For where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park day trip app .

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Katoomba to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Katoomba in February: high temperatures in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park hover around 43°C and lows are around 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Find places to stay Feb 1 — 3:
Highlights from your plan
Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta ©
Kata Tjuta
Mutitjulu Waterhole ©
Mutitjulu Waterhole

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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Mon): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Here are some ideas for day two: get interesting insight from Tours.

For maps, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Port Douglas itinerary planner.

Do a combination of flight and shuttle from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Port Douglas in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. When traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in February, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Port Douglas: temperatures range from 36°C by day to 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can drive to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris

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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Wed): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Thu): admire all the interesting features of The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk, then enjoy some diversion at Esplanade Lagoon Pool, then view the masterpieces at Bones and Jones, and finally trek along Esplanade Boardwalk.

To see maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Cairns travel route planning site .

You can drive from Port Douglas to Cairns in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a shuttle. February in Cairns sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk
Find places to stay Feb 5 — 7:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk
Esplanade Lagoon Pool ©
Esplanade Lagoon Pool

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