23 days in Australia Itinerary

23 days in Australia Itinerary

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Start: Kahului, Maui
Fly:  15 h 30 min
1
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly:  3 h 30 min
2
Melbourne
— 3 nights
Fly:  4 h 45 min
3
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + Foot + Bus:  9 h 15 min
4
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)
— 3 nights
+2
Bus + Foot + Fly:  10 h 30 min
5
Cairns
— 3 nights
Bus:  1 h 15 min
6
Port Douglas
— 4 nights
Shuttle + Fly:  20 h 45 min
End: Kahului, Maui

3
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.
Popular historic sites such as The Rocks and Elizabeth Bay House are in your itinerary. Visiting Bondi to Coogee Walk and Bondi Beach will get you outdoors. There's still lots to do: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, take a stroll through Darling Harbour, go for a walk through The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk, and take in the dramatic natural features at Mrs Macquarie's Chair.

For ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Sydney travel route planning app.

Kahului, USA to Sydney is an approximately 14- hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 20 hours traveling from Kahului to Sydney. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Kahului in September, with highs in Sydney at 71°F and lows at 54°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Bondi to Coogee Walk
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi to Coogee Walk ©
Bondi to Coogee Walk
The Rocks ©
The Rocks

3
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Melbourne Museum and Parliament House of Victoria. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Old Melbourne Gaol and St. Patrick's Cathedral. Take a break from Melbourne with a short trip to The Great Ocean Road in Torquay, about 1h 20 min away. The adventure continues: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, pause for some photo ops at Shrine of Remembrance, explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Victoria, and take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck.

To find maps, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Melbourne trip itinerary planning website.

Fly from Sydney to Melbourne in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Sydney in September; daily highs in Melbourne reach 63°F and lows reach 44°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums Scenic Drive Outdoors

Side Trip

The Great Ocean Road
Find places to stay Sep 20 — 23:
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Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum
The Great Ocean Road ©
The Great Ocean Road
Old Melbourne Gaol ©
Old Melbourne Gaol

3
nights
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park ©
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 Uluru Hiking Path. Get outdoors at Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga and Walpa Gorge. And it doesn't end there: admire the verdant scenery at Valley of the Winds, view the masterpieces at Walkatjara Art, take an in-depth tour of Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, and take in the pleasant sights at Lungkata Walk.

To find traveler tips, reviews, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip builder tool.

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. You'll gain 0.5 hours traveling from Melbourne to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park due to the time zone difference. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Melbourne in September: high temperatures in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park hover around 83°F and lows are around 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can travel to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park).

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Find places to stay Sep 23 — 26:
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Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga ©
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga
Valley of the Winds ©
Valley of the Winds

3
nights
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) ©
Jabiru is a town in the Northern Territory of Australia. Escape the urban bustle at Ubirr and Gunlom Waterfall Creek. Get some cultural insight at Maguk Gorge and Mamukala Wetlands. There's much more to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Jim Jim Falls, trek along Bardedjilidji Walk, identify plant and animal life at Anbangbang Billabong, and take in the dramatic natural features at Anbangbang Rock Shelter.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) online attractions planner.

Getting from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) by combination of flight and bus takes about 9.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of flight and car. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Kakadu National Park
Find places to stay Sep 26 — 30:
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Maguk Gorge ©
Maguk Gorge
Ubirr ©
Ubirr
Anbangbang Billabong ©
Anbangbang Billabong

3
nights
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Scuba & Snorkeling and Esplanade Boardwalk. Step out of Cairns to go to Palm Cove and see Palm Cove Beach, which is approximately 32 minutes away. Spend the 1st (Tue) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at Green Arrow Walk, take a leisurely stroll along The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk, take in the exciting artwork at Bones and Jones, and take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For photos, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Cairns day trip planning site.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) to Cairns takes 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 0.5 hours traveling from Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) to Cairns. Expect a daytime high around 85°F in October, and nighttime lows around 69°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a bus to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk, Palm Cove Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk

4
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Scuba & Snorkeling and Hartley's Crocodile Adventures. Get out of town with these interesting Port Douglas side-trips: Daintree National Park (in Cape Tribulation) and Photography Tours (in Daintree). The adventure continues: take an exotic tour of a safari tour, get outside with Horses in Port, see the vivid underwater world at Opal Reef, and identify plant and animal life at Mossman Gorge Centre.

To see photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Port Douglas route planning tool.

You can take a bus from Cairns to Port Douglas in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In October in Port Douglas, expect temperatures between 85°F during the day and 68°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Mossman Gorge Centre, Daintree National Park, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, Photography Tours
Find places to stay Oct 4 — 8:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

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