11 days in Cairns & Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park Itinerary

11 days in Cairns & Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park Itinerary

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Start: Cairns
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Cairns
— 7 nights
Fly:  3 h 30 min
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Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 3 nights
Fly:  3 h 30 min
End: Cairns

7
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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.
Explore Cairns' surroundings by going to Port Douglas (Safaris, Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, &more), Hartley's Crocodile Adventures (in Wangetti) and Palm Cove Beach (in Palm Cove). Spend the 8th (Sat) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's still lots to do: trek along Esplanade Boardwalk, admire the natural beauty at Botanical Gardens, make a splash at Sugarworld Waterpark, and get your game on at Cairns Kart Hire Track.

To see photos, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Cairns vacation planning tool.

If you are flying in from Estonia, the closest major aiport is Cairns International Airport. In December, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Port Douglas, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, Cairns Kart Hire Track, Edge Hill Memorial Bowls Club, Sugarworld Waterpark
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

3
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sun): hike along Kuniya Walk, admire all the interesting features of Uluru, and then trek along Uluru Hiking Path. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Mon): browse the exhibits of Walkatjara Art, get engrossed in the history at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, thenexplore the striking landscape at Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Walpa Gorge.

For photos, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park online trip builder.

Getting from Cairns to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive. You'll gain 0.5 hours traveling from Cairns to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Cairns in December, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park: temperatures range from 42°C by day to 24°C at night. On the 18th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trip

Yulara
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Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga ©
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga
Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre ©
Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre

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