17 days in Australia Itinerary

17 days in Australia Itinerary

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Sydney
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Lord Howe Island
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Port Douglas
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Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
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Melbourne
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Hobart
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Sydney

— 5 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.
Step out of the city life by going to Bondi to Coogee Walk and Shelly Beach. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at ATTY Gallery and Queen Victoria Building. And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Bondi Beach, visit The Rocks, browse the eclectic array of goods at Sydney Fish Market, and take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney.

To see traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, use the Sydney attractions planner.

Chapeco, Brazil to Sydney is an approximately 32-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Amazon Standard Time (AMT) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) is 14 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Sydney can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Lord Howe Island.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks · Outdoors · Museums · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 23 — 28:

Lord Howe Island

— 2 nights
Bursting out of the Tasman Sea, Lord Howe Island offers stunning scenery and many sandy beaches.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Fri): cast your line with a fishing tour, stroll through Lagoon Beach, then get a new perspective on nature at Lord Howe Island Museum, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Ned's Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the striking landscape at Ball's Pyramid, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt Gower, and then hike along Lord Howe Island Walking Trails.

To see photos, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Lord Howe Island trip itinerary maker tool.

You can fly from Sydney to Lord Howe Island in 3.5 hours. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time to Lord Howe Standard Time, which is usually a 0.5 hour difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) early enough to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Lord Howe Island

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature
Find places to stay Dec 28 — 30:

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 31st (Sun), stop by Coffee Works Port Douglas, browse the exhibits of Ngarru Gallery, then see the vivid underwater world at Opal Reef, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas. On the 1st (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: do a tasting at Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery, identify plant and animal life at Mossman Gorge Centre, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas.

To find reviews, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Port Douglas online route maker.

Getting from Lord Howe Island to Port Douglas by flight takes about 7.5 hours. The time zone difference moving from Lord Howe Standard Time (LHST) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) is minus 0.5 hours. In December in Port Douglas, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) to allow time to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 1:

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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Tue): take in the pleasant sights at Mala Walk, then contemplate the waterfront views at Mutitjulu Waterhole, then take in the dramatic natural features at Uluru, and finally trek along Kuniya Walk. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: go for a walk through Field of Light, tour the pleasant surroundings at Uluru Hiking Path, and then get engrossed in the history at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre.

For photos, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park road trip app.

Traveling by flight from Port Douglas to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) to Australian Central Standard Time (ACST) is minus 0.5 hours. When traveling from Port Douglas in January, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park: temperatures range from 43°C by day to 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) to allow time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks · Nature · Trails · Museums
Find places to stay Jan 1 — 3:

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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Thu): examine the collection at Melbourne Museum, admire the masterpieces at Museum of Chinese Australian History, then get engrossed in the history at Immigration Museum, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at St. Kilda Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Fri): take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Victoria, and then take a stroll around Federation Square.

For maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Melbourne trip maker website.

Traveling by flight from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Melbourne takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 0.5 hours traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Melbourne. Traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in January, expect Melbourne to be slightly colder, temps between 32°C and 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to travel to Hobart.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums · Parks · Shopping · Beaches

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Find places to stay Jan 3 — 5:

Hobart

— 2 nights

Tasmania's Capital City

Snaking up the side of a rounded, tree-dotted hill, Hobart sits between Tasmania’s sprawling mountains and the vast estuary of the River Derwent.
On the 6th (Sat), see the interesting displays at Museum of Old and New Art (Mona), then identify plant and animal life at Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary, and then explore the world behind art at Lady Franklin Gallery.

To see maps, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Hobart trip planner.

Getting from Melbourne to Hobart by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Traveling from Melbourne in January, you will find days in Hobart are slightly colder (26°C), and nights are about the same (14°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Hobart

Museums · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 5 — 7:

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.