17 days in Australia Itinerary

17 days in Australia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Australia tour planner
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Fly
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Sydney
— 4 nights
Drive
2
Katoomba
— 2 nights
Train to Sydney, Fly to Melbourne
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Melbourne
— 3 nights
Fly
4
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 3 nights
Fly
5
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
Drive
6
Cairns
— 1 night
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Sydney — 4 nights

The Harbour City

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, sightseeing, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: see a show at Sydney Opera House, take a stroll through Darling Harbour, observe the fascinating underwater world at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, and enjoy the sand and surf at Manly Beach.

To find reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Sydney journey planner.

Los Angeles, USA to Sydney is an approximately 18-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 18 hours traveling from Los Angeles to Sydney. Traveling from Los Angeles in November, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Sydney, with lows of 62°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Katoomba.
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Katoomba — 2 nights

Located off of the Great Western Highway, Katoomba is the main hub of the City of Blue Mountains.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Thu): trek along Prince Henry Cliff Walk, then pause for some photo ops at The Road Builders Memorial, then stroll around Lilianfels Park, and finally head outdoors with Outdoor Activities. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get great views at The Three Sisters, admire the natural beauty at The Campbell Rhododendron Gardens, don't miss a visit to Hat Hill Gallery, then don't miss a visit to Day Gallery, then don't miss a visit to Gallery Blackheath, and finally admire the sheer force of Wentworth Falls Lookout.

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You can drive from Sydney to Katoomba in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In November, daily temperatures in Katoomba can reach 82°F, while at night they dip to 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to travel to Melbourne.
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Melbourne — 3 nights

Australia's Garden City

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Dedicate the 27th (Sun) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's still lots to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, examine the collection at Melbourne Museum, and appreciate the history behind Shrine of Remembrance.

To find maps, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Melbourne itinerary planning site.

You can do a combination of train and flight from Katoomba to Melbourne in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In November, Melbourne is a bit cooler than Katoomba - with highs of 73°F and lows of 50°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) so you can catch the flight to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.
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Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park — 3 nights

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, sightseeing, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: explore the striking landscape at Uluru, look for all kinds of wild species at Kuniya Walk, go for a walk through Mala Walk, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip itinerary planning website.

Fly from Melbourne to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Melbourne to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, you'll gain 0.5 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Melbourne in November, expect nights in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to be somewhat warmer, around 66°F, while days are warmer, around 96°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Port Douglas.
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Port Douglas — 2 nights

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.
On the 2nd (Fri), get great views at Flagstaff Hill Lookout, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, and then take an exotic tour of a safari tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see maps, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read our Port Douglas trip builder.

You can fly from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Port Douglas in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. The time zone changes from Australian Central Standard Time (ACST) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST), which is usually a 0.5 hour difference. Traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in December, expect nights in Port Douglas to be about the same, around 73°F, while days are little chillier, around 88°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can go by car to Cairns.
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Cairns — 1 night

The Gateway to the Great Barrier Reef

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 (Sun): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find reviews, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read Cairns trip itinerary website.

Getting from Port Douglas to Cairns by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Cairns can reach 88°F, while at night they dip to 73°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight back home.
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Highlights from your trip

Australia travel guide

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Beaches · Wildlife Areas · Gardens
Australia is a country of breathtaking beauty and unforgettable adventure. From coast to coast you’ll find ancient rainforests, towering cities, stunning outback landscapes and white sand beaches. It’s not only the scenery that varies here, but also the lifestyle. Lay back and relax within a coastal paradise, explore the bustling laneways of a lively metropolis, or feed your sense of adventure in the most remote and remarkable pockets of the country. Whether you’re connecting with Aboriginal culture, tasting seafood straight from the ocean, or diving with gentle whale sharks, you’ll discover why there’s nothing like Australia.
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