17 days in Australia Itinerary

17 days in Australia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Australia trip planner

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Port Douglas
— 2 nights
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Cairns
— 2 nights
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Brisbane
— 2 nights
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Sydney
— 3 nights
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Melbourne
— 2 nights
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Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 2 nights
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Perth
— 1 night
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sun): see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then stop by With Sugar. On the 13th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take some stellar pictures from Flagstaff Hill Lookout, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, then look for all kinds of wild species at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Ngarru Gallery.

For maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Port Douglas trip builder.

London, UK to Port Douglas is an approximately 26-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time is 10 hours. Traveling from London in April, expect Port Douglas to be much warmer, temps between 34°C and 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Parks

Side Trip

Cairns

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Tue): stroll through Esplanade Boardwalk and then identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas. On the next day, brush up on your military savvy at The Australian Armour & Artillery Museum, then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

For photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Cairns online itinerary planner.

You can drive from Port Douglas to Cairns in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In April in Cairns, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trip

Brisbane

— 2 nights

Australia's New World City

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 16th (Thu): walk around South Bank Parklands and then stroll around Roma Street Parkland. On your second day here, get great views at Mount Coot-Tha Summit Lookout, look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, and then have some family-friendly fun at Zoccer Sports - Bubble Soccer.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Brisbane trip site.

You can fly from Cairns to Brisbane in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Traveling from Cairns in April, expect Brisbane to be slightly colder, temps between 30°C and 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks · Wildlife · Fun & Games

Sydney

— 3 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, beaches, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see a show at Sydney Opera House, admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, explore the striking landscape at Mrs Macquarie's Chair, and observe the fascinating underwater world at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium.

For photos, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read Sydney day trip planner.

Fly from Brisbane to Sydney in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Brisbane, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Sydney, ranging from highs of 26°C to lows of 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Melbourne

— 2 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.
On the 21st (Tue), examine the collection at Melbourne Museum, admire the natural beauty at Melbourne Zoo, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Fitzroy Gardens. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed): appreciate the history behind Shrine of Remembrance, take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, and then take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

To see ratings, photos, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Melbourne visit planner.

You can fly from Sydney to Melbourne in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. In April, Melbourne is little chillier than Sydney - with highs of 23°C and lows of 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) to allow time to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums · Tours

Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): take in the pleasant sights at Lungkata Walk, tour the pleasant surroundings at Uluru Hiking Path, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Uluru. Keep things going the next day: appreciate the views at Valley of the Winds, then get your bearings at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, then view the masterpieces at Walkatjara Art Uluru, and finally hike along Kuniya Walk.

To see maps, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park takes 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. In April, Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is somewhat warmer than Melbourne - with highs of 34°C and lows of 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Perth.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks · Nature · Museums · Outdoors

Perth

— 1 night

City of Light

A modern metropolis of glassy skyscrapers, waterside boulevards, and lush residential neighborhoods, Perth sits on the edge of the Swan Coastal Plain.
On the 25th (Sat), admire the natural beauty at Kings Park and Botanic Garden and then contemplate the long history of The Perth Mint.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Perth day trip planning site.

You can fly from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Perth in 11.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. The time zone difference moving from Australian Central Standard Time to Australian Western Standard Time is minus 1.5 hours. In April, plan for daily highs up to 31°C, and evening lows to 15°C. You'll set off for home on the 26th (Sun).

Things to do in Perth

Parks · Historic Sites

Australia travel guide

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Beaches · Gardens · Wildlife Areas
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.