17 days in Australia Itinerary

17 days in Australia Itinerary

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Sydney
— 2 nights
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Kangaroo Island
— 3 nights
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Darwin
— 3 nights
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Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 2 nights
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Cairns
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Sydney

— 2 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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at The Rocks and Sydney Opera House. Explore hidden gems such as Blue Mountains and Jason Ree. Get out of town with these interesting Sydney side-trips: Wentworth Falls Lookout (in Wentworth Falls) and Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum (in Faulconbridge). Next up on the itinerary: hike along Bondi to Coogee Walk, admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, stroll through Bondi Beach, and take a stroll through Darling Harbour.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read Sydney visit planner.

Miami, USA to Sydney is an approximately 25-hour flight. Traveling from Miami to Sydney, you'll lose 15 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Miami in October, expect Sydney to be little chillier, temps between 76°F and 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to travel to Kangaroo Island.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks · Neighborhoods · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Kangaroo Island

— 3 nights
Abandoned by Aborigines a few thousand years ago, Kangaroo Island attracts over 140,000 visitors each year.
Escape the urban bustle at Seal Bay Conservation Park and Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary. Step off the beaten path and head to Flinders Chase National Park and Raptor Domain. There's still lots to do: see Off-Road Tours, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Kangaroo Island Spirits, and shop like a local with Emu Ridge Eucalyptus.

For ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Kangaroo Island route maker.

Fly from Sydney to Kangaroo Island in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and taxi. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) to Australian Central Standard Time (ACST), which is usually a -0.5 hour difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Darwin.

Things to do in Kangaroo Island

Wildlife · Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Darwin

— 3 nights

Outback Capital of the Northern Territory

The smallest of Australia’s state capitals, Darwin has nevertheless become an attractive and important urban center, being simultaneously one of the country’s most modernized cities and a gateway to both the Top End region and South East Asia.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sat): learn about all things military at Darwin Aviation Museum and then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Sun): take an in-depth tour of RFDS Darwin Tourist Facility, then get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour, then look for all kinds of wild species at Crocosaurus Cove, and finally make a trip to Parliament House.

To find maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Darwin trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Kangaroo Island to Darwin takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, ferry, and bus; or do a combination of taxi, ferry, bus, and train. Expect a daytime high around 92°F in October, and nighttime lows around 75°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Darwin

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Museums

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 20th (Tue): take an in-depth tour of Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, hike along Kuniya Walk, then explore the activities along Mutitjulu Waterhole, and finally explore the striking landscape at Uluru. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Wed): take in the dramatic natural features at Walpa Gorge, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga, and then take in the pleasant sights at Lungkata Walk.

For ratings, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park online trip maker.

You can fly from Darwin to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Darwin in October since evenings lows in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park dip to 60°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks · Nature · Museums · Outdoors

Cairns

— 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.
Get in touch with nature at Palm Cove Beach and Mossman Gorge Centre. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Dolphin & Whale Watching and Botanical Gardens. Take a break from Cairns with a short trip to Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas in Port Douglas, about 1h 15 min away. Next up on the itinerary: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour and tour the pleasant surroundings at Trinity Beach.

For more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Cairns online trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Cairns in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. The time zone difference moving from Australian Central Standard Time (ACST) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) is 0.5 hours. Traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in October, you will find days in Cairns are little chillier (85°F), and nights are a bit warmer (69°F). You will leave for home on the 25th (Sun).

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

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.