17 days in Australia Itinerary

17 days in Australia Itinerary

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Sydney
— 4 nights
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Katoomba
— 3 nights
Train to Sydney, Fly to Cairns
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Port Douglas
— 2 nights
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Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 3 nights
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Melbourne
— 3 nights
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Sydney

— 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.
Head to Brett Whiteley Studio and Queen Victoria Buildingfor some retail therapy. Museum-lovers will get to explore Australian National Maritime Museum and Art Gallery of New South Wales. There's still lots to do: take a stroll through The Rocks, contemplate the long history of Justice & Police Museum, hunt for treasures at Sydney Fish Market, and hike along Bondi to Coogee Walk.

For maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Sydney sightseeing planner.

Chapeco, Brazil to Sydney is an approximately 32-hour flight. The time zone changes from Amazon Standard Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a 14 hour difference. In March in Sydney, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to drive to Katoomba.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 4 — 8:

Katoomba

— 3 nights
Located off of the Great Western Highway, Katoomba is the main hub of the City of Blue Mountains.
Head to Leura Mall and Josophan's Fine Chocolatefor plenty of shopping. Escape the urban bustle at Wentworth Falls Lookout and The National Pass. Venture out of the city with trips to Faulconbridge (Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum & Corridor of Oaks). And it doesn't end there: explore the galleries of Katoomba Antique Centre, take in the exciting artwork at Lost Bear Gallery, learn about winemaking at Megalong Creek Estate, and admire the sheer force of Katoomba Cascades.

To find ratings, maps, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Katoomba trip planner.

Getting from Sydney to Katoomba by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder evenings in Katoomba when traveling from Sydney in March, with lows around 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Katoomba

Parks · Shopping · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 8 — 11:

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): stop by Coffee Works Port Douglas, then view the masterpieces at Ngarru Gallery, then identify plant and animal life at Opal Reef, and finally take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports. On your second day here, indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at The Deep Retreat : Deep Yoga Studio : Deep Pilates Studio and then see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour.

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You can do a combination of train and flight from Katoomba to Port Douglas in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Katoomba in March, with highs in Port Douglas at 36°C and lows at 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors · Baths
Find places to stay Mar 11 — 13:

Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

— 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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Uluru and Mutitjulu Waterhole. Get outdoors at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre and Lungkata Walk. There's lots more to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga, explore the striking landscape at Walpa Gorge, hike along Kuniya Walk, and take in the pleasant sights at Field of Light.

For where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Port Douglas to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 6 hours. Another option is to drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 0.5 hours traveling from Port Douglas to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. While traveling from Port Douglas, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, ranging from highs of 41°C to lows of 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks · Nature · Museums · Outdoors
Find places to stay Mar 13 — 16:

Melbourne

— 3 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 17th (Fri): take a stroll through Melbourne Central, see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum, and then explore the galleries of Federation Square. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the masterpieces at Museum of Chinese Australian History, explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Victoria, then take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck, and finally take a stroll through Degraves Street.

To find where to stay, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, use the Melbourne trip builder tool.

Fly from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Melbourne in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. The time zone difference moving from Australian Central Standard Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time is 0.5 hours. Traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in March, expect Melbourne to be slightly colder, temps between 30°C and 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums · Shopping · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Mar 16 — 19:

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.