8 days in Australia Itinerary

8 days in Australia Itinerary

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8 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Santa Maria
Fly:  30​h
1
Cairns
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 45​min
2
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
3
Sydney
— 1 night
Fly:  23​h 15​min
End: Santa Maria

1
night
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 4th (Sat): get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Keep things going the next day: identify plant and animal life at Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, then kick back and relax at Trinity Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Palm Cove Beach.

To find photos, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Cairns trip planner .

Santa Maria, USA to Cairns is an approximately 30-hour flight. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland), which is usually a 18 hour difference. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Santa Maria in May: high temperatures in Cairns hover around 82°F and lows are around 69°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

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

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Mon): trek along Kuniya Walk, explore the activities along Mutitjulu Waterhole, take in the dramatic natural features at Uluru, get all the information you need at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, then explore the galleries of Walkatjara Art, and finally hike along Uluru Hiking Path. Keep things going the next day: appreciate the views at Valley of the Winds, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Kata Tjuta, and then head outdoors with Walpa Gorge.

Before you visit Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Traveling by flight from Cairns to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Cairns in May: high temperatures in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park hover around 76°F and lows are around 51°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can travel to Sydney.

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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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.
On the 8th (Wed), examine the collection at Australian National Maritime Museum, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Bondi Beach, then enjoy some music at Sydney Opera House, and finally wander the streets of The Rocks. On the 9th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a stroll through Darling Harbour and then kick back and relax at Manly Beach.

To see photos, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Sydney sightseeing planner.

Fly from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Sydney in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in May, expect nights in Sydney to be about the same, around 54°F, while days are slightly colder, around 70°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Beaches Neighborhoods Outdoors
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
The Rocks ©
The Rocks

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