28 days in Australia, Japan & South Korea Itinerary

28 days in Australia, Japan & South Korea Itinerary

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Sydney, Australia
— 4 nights
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Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, Australia
— 3 nights
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Cairns, Australia
— 4 nights
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Port Douglas, Australia
— 4 nights
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Kyoto, Japan
— 5 nights
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Jeju, South Korea
— 6 nights
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Sydney, Australia — 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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like The National Pass and The Rocks. Appreciate the collections at Art Gallery of New South Wales and Australian National Maritime Museum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Sydney: The Three Sisters (in Katoomba) and Wentworth Falls Lookout (in Wentworth Falls). The adventure continues: see a show at Sydney Opera House, hike along Bondi to Coogee Walk, enjoy the sand and surf at Manly Beach, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Bondi Beach.

For ratings, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Sydney trip planning site.

Toronto, Canada to Sydney is an approximately 24.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 15 hours traveling from Toronto to Sydney. In May in Sydney, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 14°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.
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Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, Australia — 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.
Step out of the city life by going to Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga and Field of Light. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Mala Walk and Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre. And it doesn't end there: hike along Kuniya Walk, surround yourself with nature on Uluru Astro Tour, take in the dramatic natural features at Uluru, and go for a walk through Lungkata Walk.

For ratings, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read our Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park vacation planner.

Fly from Sydney to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 0.5 hours traveling from Sydney to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. Traveling from Sydney in May, you will find days in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park are somewhat warmer (28°C), and nights are about the same (12°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) to allow time to fly to Cairns.
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Cairns, Australia — 4 nights

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Seastar Cruises Reef Day Trips and Barron Falls. Step out of the city life by going to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Australian Butterfly Sanctuary. Venture out of the city with trips to Palm Cove (Palm Cove Beach & Spas). And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Trinity Beach, take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Gardens, hike along Esplanade Boardwalk, and take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Cairns vacation maker website.

Traveling by flight from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Cairns takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. The time zone changes from Australian Central Standard Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a 0.5 hour difference. Traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in May, things will get somewhat warmer in Cairns: highs are around 32°C and lows about 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Port Douglas.
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Port Douglas, Australia — 4 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.
Escape the urban bustle at Mossman Gorge Centre and Boat Tours & Water Sports. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Daintree National Park and Opal Reef. There's still lots to do: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, get to know the resident critters at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, learn about winemaking at Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery, and take an exotic tour of a safari tour.

To see photos, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Port Douglas holiday planner.

You can drive from Cairns to Port Douglas in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Port Douglas can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Kyoto.
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Kyoto, Japan — 5 nights

The national capital for over a thousand years, Kyoto retains much of the charm of old Japan, boasting numerous temples and shrines that seem completely untouched by the modern world.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Nara Park. Visit Kiyomizu-dera Temple and Todai-ji Temple for their historical value. There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Sanjusangendo Temple, wander the streets of Arashiyama, make a trip to Nijo Castle, and contemplate the long history of Heian Shrine.

For photos, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Kyoto day trip planning site.

Getting from Port Douglas to Kyoto by flight takes about 10.5 hours. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Port Douglas in May, things will get slightly colder in Kyoto: highs are around 29°C and lows about 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can catch the flight to Jeju.
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Jeju, South Korea — 6 nights

Island of the Gods

The main town on the largest of Korea's islands, Jeju, has a volcanic landscape protected by UNESCO. The World Heritage-listed volcanic island includes the country's highest peak, sets of impressive lava tubes and columns, and several crater lakes.
Explore hidden gems such as Seongsan Ilchulbong and Hyeopjae Beach. Museum-lovers will get to explore Haenyeo Museum and The Islander. Spend the 27th (Sat) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Hamdeok Beach, sample the tasty concoctions at Jeju Beer, steep yourself in history at Samseonghyeol, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Bulsari Tapsa Temple.

To see reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Jeju online trip itinerary maker.

You can fly from Kyoto to Jeju in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train, ferry, and taxi; or do a combination of train and ferry. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can fly back home.
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Australia travel guide

4.5
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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Japan travel guide

4.3
Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Historic Sites
Land of the Rising Sun
Part of a volcanic archipelago that encompasses over 6,800 islands, Japan remains one of Asia's most fascinating tourist destinations, where a blend of modernity and tradition creates a look and feel completely different from any other place in the world. A tour of Japan lets you discover big cities filled with ancient temples and innovative skyscrapers, as well as quiet country landscapes dotted with castles, perfectly manicured gardens, cherry orchards, and primeval forests seemingly untouched by the hand of mass tourism. Many tourists on vacation in Japan devote lots of time to the country's unique cuisine, prepared with painstaking attention to detail and a genius for simple yet effective presentation.
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South Korea travel guide

4.2
Shopping · History Museums · Parks
Land of the Morning Calm
Though it boasts a history spanning thousands of years, South Korea ranks among the world's most urbanized and modernized countries, with nearly half of its population living in high-rises concentrated in the national capital. In this land of pristine mountain scenery, many South Korea vacations involve some form of winter sports--not surprising for the country that won the bid to host the 2018 Winter Olympics. Curious travelers wishing to get to know South Korea's heart and soul spend only a small part of their holiday in big cities like Busan and Seoul, devoting much of their attention to the tranquil countryside that seems largely untouched by the 21st century.
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