27 days in Australia Itinerary

27 days in Australia Itinerary

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27 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Fly:  16 h 30 min
1
Sydney
— 4 nights
Fly:  5 h 30 min
2
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + Foot + Bus:  9 h 15 min
3
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)
— 4 nights
+2
Bus + Foot + Fly:  10 h 30 min
4
Cairns
— 3 nights
Bus:  1 h 15 min
5
Port Douglas
— 3 nights
Shuttle + Fly:  6 h 30 min
6
Melbourne
— 3 nights
Fly:  4 h 15 min
7
Brisbane
— 3 nights
Fly:  15 h 45 min
End: San Francisco

4
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, shopping, and beaches. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see a show at Sydney Opera House, take in the views from Sydney Harbour Bridge, take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, and kick back and relax at Manly Beach.

To find topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Sydney online trip maker .

San Francisco, USA to Sydney is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 18 hours traveling from San Francisco to Sydney. Traveling from San Francisco in August, expect Sydney to be slightly colder, temps between 66°F and 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Bondi to Coogee Walk
Find places to stay Aug 21 — 25:
Highlights from your plan
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney ©
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney

3
nights
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.
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is known for nature, museums, and outdoors. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the dramatic natural features at Uluru, take in the pleasant sights at Lungkata Walk, get outside with Walpa Gorge, and admire the verdant scenery at Valley of the Winds.

To find topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park journey planning website .

You can fly from Sydney to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 5.5 hours. Another option is to drive. Traveling from Sydney in August, you will find days in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park are somewhat warmer (74°F), and nights are a bit cooler (42°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can travel to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park).

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

Red Desert Reptiles
Find places to stay Aug 25 — 29:
Highlights from your plan
Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga ©
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga
Lungkata Walk ©
Lungkata Walk

4
nights
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) ©
Jabiru is a town in the Northern Territory of Australia. Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) is known for nature, wildlife, and outdoors. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: delve into the distant past at Ubirr, look for all kinds of wild species at Mamukala Billabong, see the interesting displays at Warradjan Cultural Centre, and admire the sheer force of Gunlom Waterfall Creek.

To find photos, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, use the Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) tour itinerary app .

Do a combination of flight and bus from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) in 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and car. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Kakadu National Park
Find places to stay Aug 29 — Sep 2:
Highlights from your plan
Nourlangie Rock ©
Nourlangie Rock
Ubirr ©
Ubirr
Maguk Gorge ©
Maguk Gorge

3
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Palm Cove (Spas & Palm Cove Beach). There's much more to do: identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, trek along The Blue Arrow Circuit, walk around Anzac Park, and let the kids burn off some steam at Muddy's Playground.

To find other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read Cairns journey planner.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) to Cairns in 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or drive. In September in Cairns, expect temperatures between 83°F during the day and 66°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can take a bus to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trip

Palm Cove
Find places to stay Sep 2 — 6:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk
Nature & Wildlife Tours

3
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, and beaches. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, identify plant and animal life at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, take an exotic tour of a safari tour, and stop by With Sugar.

To see maps, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Port Douglas online trip maker .

Take a bus from Cairns to Port Douglas in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In September, daytime highs in Port Douglas are 83°F, while nighttime lows are 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Mossman Gorge Centre, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Find places to stay Sep 6 — 9:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Safaris

3
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, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Victoria, see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum, and enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck.

To see maps, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Melbourne day trip planning website .

Do a combination of shuttle and flight from Port Douglas to Melbourne in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect colder temperatures when traveling from Port Douglas in September; daily highs in Melbourne reach 63°F and lows reach 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Museums Zoos & Aquariums
Find places to stay Sep 9 — 12:
Highlights from your plan
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo

3
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.
Brisbane is known for parks, wildlife, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: walk around South Bank Parklands, admire the natural beauty at Roma Street Parkland, get great views at Mount Coot-tha Lookout, and explore and take pictures at Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt. Coot-tha.

To see where to stay, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, maps, and tourist information, go to the Brisbane road trip planning site .

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Brisbane takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Melbourne in September: high temperatures in Brisbane hover around 75°F and lows are around 55°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Wildlife Nature
Find places to stay Sep 12 — 15:
Highlights from your plan
South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Mount Coot-tha Lookout ©
Mount Coot-tha Lookout

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