11 days in Sydney, Melbourne & Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park Itinerary

11 days in Sydney, Melbourne & Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park Itinerary

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11 days in Sydney, Melbourne & Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Fly:  17​h
1
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Melbourne
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
3
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
End: Sydney

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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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Photography Tours and Cremorne Point to Mosman Bay Walk. Next up on the itinerary: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, trek along The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk, enjoy the sand and surf at Bondi Beach, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk.

For traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Sydney trip itinerary planner .

San Francisco, USA to Sydney is an approximately 17-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus, shuttle, and flight. Traveling from San Francisco to Sydney, you'll lose 18 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from San Francisco in December, expect nights in Sydney to be somewhat warmer, around 65°F, while days are much warmer, around 81°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Neighborhoods Outdoors

Side Trip

Bondi to Coogee Walk
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Darling Harbour ©
Darling Harbour
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney ©
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney
The Rocks ©
The Rocks

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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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Panorama Garden Estate and Lake Wendouree. Venture out of the city with trips to Ballarat (Ballarat Botanical Gardens & Australian Ex-Prisoners of War Memorial). There's lots more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck, have some family-friendly fun at Zero Latency, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Patrick's Cathedral.

To see reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Melbourne online trip planner .

Fly from Sydney to Melbourne in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Sydney in December, Melbourne is slightly colder at night with lows of 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Ballarat, Panorama Garden Estate
Find places to stay Dec 25 — 28:
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Zero Latency ©
Zero Latency
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Lake Wendouree ©
Lake Wendouree

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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 29th (Sun): appreciate the views at Valley of the Winds and then make a trip to Uluru. Here are some ideas for day two: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga, take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, view the masterpieces at Walkatjara Art, then get advice or help at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, and finally hike along Kuniya Walk.

For where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park day trip planning website .

You can fly from Melbourne to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 5 hours. Another option is to drive. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Melbourne in December, with highs in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park at 97°F and lows at 70°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trip

Helicopter Tours
Find places to stay Dec 28 — 30:
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Valley of the Winds ©
Valley of the Winds
Uluru ©
Uluru
Helicopter Tours

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