17 days in Australia Itinerary

17 days in Australia Itinerary

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17 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Seattle
Fly:  20​h 15​min
1
Brisbane
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
2
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Melbourne
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
4
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
5
Cairns
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
6
Port Douglas
— 3 nights
shuttle + Fly:  27​h
End: Seattle

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): get great views at Mount Coot-tha Lookout, look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, and then don't miss a visit to Channel Seven Wheel of Brisbane. On the 23rd (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the activities along The Brisbane River and then walk around South Bank Parklands.

To see ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Brisbane trip itinerary tool .

Seattle, USA to Brisbane is an approximately 20.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) is 18 hours. Traveling from Seattle in December, expect Brisbane to be much hotter, temps between 82°F and 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Wildlife Nature
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South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
The Brisbane River ©
The Brisbane River

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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, shopping, beaches, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: trek along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, stroll through Manly Beach, take a stroll through The Rocks, and examine the collection at Australian National Maritime Museum.

For reviews, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, use the Sydney day trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Brisbane to Sydney takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In December, daytime highs in Sydney are 81°F, while nighttime lows are 65°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Manly Beach
Manly Beach

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Melbourne

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sat): learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Melbourne Zoo, enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck, and then admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens. On your second day here, examine the collection at Melbourne Museum, don't miss a visit to Flinders Street Station, and then soar above the sights with a balloon tour.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Melbourne using our trip planner.

Fly from Sydney to Melbourne in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Sydney in December since evenings lows in Melbourne dip to 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Outdoors Tours
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Balloon Rides
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum

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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.
On the 30th (Mon), explore the striking landscape at Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga, then take in the exciting artwork at Walkatjara Art, then trek along Kuniya Walk, and finally don't miss a visit to Uluru. On the 31st (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the verdant scenery at Valley of the Winds, then identify plant and animal life at Red Desert Reptiles, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Mutitjulu Waterhole.

For photos, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip itinerary tool .

Fly from Melbourne to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Melbourne in December; daily highs in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park reach 97°F and lows reach 70°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Red Desert Reptiles
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Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga ©
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga
Uluru ©
Uluru
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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Wed): let little ones run wild at Muddy's Playground, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then take in the waterfront at The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk. Keep things going the next day: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, then trek along Esplanade Boardwalk, and then have fun at Esplanade Lagoon Pool.

For photos, maps, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Cairns road trip planner .

You can fly from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Cairns in 5 hours. Another option is to drive. When traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in December, plan for little chillier days in Cairns, with highs around 88°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 73°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can take a bus to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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nights
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.
Port Douglas is known for wildlife, adventure, beaches, zoos & aquariums, and spas. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, stop by With Sugar, look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, and explore the gorgeous colors at Opal Reef.

To see ratings, reviews, photos, and tourist information, go to the Port Douglas trip itinerary builder website .

Getting from Cairns to Port Douglas by bus takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a shuttle. In January, plan for daily highs up to 89°F, and evening lows to 75°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

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