17 days in Australia Itinerary

17 days in Australia Itinerary

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17 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Sydney
1
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Melbourne
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
3
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
4
Cairns
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + foot + ferry:  4​h 45​min
5
Airlie Beach
— 3 nights
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  5​h 45​min
End: Sydney

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.
Sydney is known for nightlife, trails, beaches, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: enjoy the sand and surf at Bondi Beach, catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, take a stroll through The Rocks, and take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney.

For where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Sydney online trip planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from your home destination to Sydney. In July in Sydney, expect temperatures between 21°C during the day and 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Manly Beach
Manly Beach

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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, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, get to know the resident critters at Melbourne Zoo, and get your game on at Zero Latency.

For reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Melbourne route planner.

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Melbourne takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Sydney in July: high temperatures in Melbourne hover around 15°C and lows are around 6°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Museums Outdoors
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Zero Latency ©
Zero Latency
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo

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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.
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is known for nature, museums, outdoors, trails, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore and take pictures at Uluru, explore the striking landscape at Kata Tjuta, get engrossed in the history at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, and stroll through Kuniya Walk.

Start your trip to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

You can fly from Melbourne to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 5 hours. Another option is to drive. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Melbourne in July: highs in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park hover around 24°C, while lows dip to 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta ©
Kata Tjuta
Valley of the Winds ©
Valley of the Winds

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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.
Get out of town with these interesting Cairns side-trips: Palm Cove (Hartley's Crocodile Adventures & Palm Cove Beach) and Port Douglas (Safaris & Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas). Spend the 20th (Sat) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's still lots to do: stroll through Esplanade Boardwalk and get great views at Earl Hill.

To find traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Cairns tour builder tool .

Getting from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Cairns by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive. While traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, expect a bit warmer days and much hotter nights in Cairns, ranging from highs of 30°C to lows of 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to travel to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Port Douglas, Palm Cove, Earl Hill
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

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Airlie Beach

Very much a town with an emphasis on the tropical lifestyle, Airlie Beach offers exotic surroundings with palm trees and charming, sandy beaches.
On the 24th (Wed), spend a thrilling day on the water with a speed boat tour. Spend the 25th (Thu) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's more to do: zoom along the surf with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure and enjoy the sand and surf at Airlie Beach Lagoon.

To see maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Airlie Beach day trip planning tool .

Do a combination of flight and ferry from Cairns to Airlie Beach in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. While traveling from Cairns, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Airlie Beach, ranging from highs of 24°C to lows of 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
Find places to stay Jul 23 — 26:
Highlights from your plan
Waterskiing & Jetskiing
Scuba & Snorkeling
Speed Boats Tours

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