19 days in Australia Itinerary

19 days in Australia Itinerary

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19 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Newark
Fly:  30​h
1
Cairns
— 1 night
bus:  1​h 15​min
2
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
shuttle + Fly:  5​h 45​min
3
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 1 night
Fly:  9​h 15​min
4
Perth
— 1 night
5
Melbourne
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
6
Sydney
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
7
Brisbane
— 2 nights
Fly:  23​h
End: Newark

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Fri): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On the 22nd (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy some diversion at Esplanade Lagoon Pool, then admire the sheer force of Josephine Falls, then hike along Esplanade Boardwalk, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Gardens.

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

Newark, USA to Cairns is an approximately 30-hour flight. You'll lose 15 hours traveling from Newark to Cairns due to the time zone difference. Expect much hotter temperatures when traveling from Newark in December; daily highs in Cairns reach 88°F and lows reach 73°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can go by car to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
Find places to stay Dec 21 — 22:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk
Esplanade Lagoon Pool ©
Esplanade Lagoon Pool

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On your second day here, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To find other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Port Douglas day trip planning app .

Traveling by car from Cairns to Port Douglas takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. In December, daily temperatures in Port Douglas can reach 88°F, while at night they dip to 73°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
Find places to stay Dec 22 — 24:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris

1
night
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park ©
For quintessential Outback scenery and culture, you can't beat a holiday in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, a World Heritage Site.
On the 25th (Tue), take in the exciting artwork at Walkatjara Art, take an in-depth tour of Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, trek along Kuniya Walk, then contemplate the waterfront views at Mutitjulu Waterhole, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Uluru. Keep things going the next day: stroll through Uluru Hiking Path, make a trip to Field of Light, then take in the dramatic natural features at Kata Tjuta, and finally get outside with Walpa Gorge.

To see reviews, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip planner .

Getting from Port Douglas to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park by combination of shuttle and flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive. When traveling from Port Douglas in December, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park: temperatures range from 97°F by day to 70°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to travel to Perth.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Find places to stay Dec 24 — 26:
Highlights from your plan
Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga ©
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga
Mutitjulu Waterhole ©
Mutitjulu Waterhole

1
night
Perth

Perth ©
A modern metropolis of glassy skyscrapers, waterside boulevards, and lush residential neighborhoods, Perth sits on the edge of the Swan Coastal Plain.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Scarborough Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Cottesloe Beach, then steep yourself in history at Fremantle Prison, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Patrick's Basilica. On the next day, explore the activities along Swan River, then contemplate the long history of The Perth Mint, then pause for some photo ops at Kings Park War Memorial, and finally admire the natural beauty at Kings Park & Botanic Garden.

For other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Perth online travel planner .

You can fly from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Perth in 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. The time zone changes from Australian Central Standard Time (Northern Territory) (ACST) to Australian Western Standard Time (AWST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in December: high temperatures in Perth hover around 86°F and lows are around 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Perth

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Fremantle, Scarborough Beach, Cottesloe Beach
Find places to stay Dec 26 — 28:
Highlights from your plan
Kings Park and Botanic Garden ©
Kings Park and Botanic Garden
Fremantle Prison ©
Fremantle Prison
Swan River ©
Swan River

2
nights
Melbourne

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Dedicate the 31st (Mon) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's lots more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, contemplate the long history of Old Melbourne Gaol, take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck 88, and admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Victoria.

To find photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Melbourne online trip maker .

Traveling by flight from Perth to Melbourne takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Perth to Melbourne is 2 hours. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Perth in December: high temperatures in Melbourne hover around 78°F and lows are around 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Tours Museums Parks
Find places to stay Dec 28 — 31:
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo

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, trails, beaches, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, make a trip to Sydney Harbour Bridge, take a stroll through Darling Harbour, and admire the natural beauty at The Royal Botanic Garden.

To find more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Sydney vacation planner.

Fly from Melbourne to Sydney in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Traveling from Melbourne in December, Sydney is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Find places to stay Dec 31 — Jan 4:
Highlights from your plan
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sat): look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary and then enjoy some diversion at South Bank Parklands. On the next day, admire the natural beauty at Roma Street Parkland and then take some stellar pictures from Mount Coot-tha Lookout.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Brisbane road trip planning app .

Getting from Sydney to Brisbane by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. January in Brisbane sees daily highs of 84°F and lows of 71°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Wildlife
Find places to stay Jan 4 — 6:
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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