9 days in Australia Itinerary

9 days in Australia Itinerary

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9 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Sydney
1
Sydney
— 2 nights
Fly + shuttle:  6​h 45​min
2
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
3
Cairns
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
4
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
End: Sydney

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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.
Head to Sydney Fish Market and Queen Victoria Buildingfor plenty of shopping. Visit Bondi Beach and Manly Beach for some beach relaxation. Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, browse the exhibits of Billich Gallery, see a show at Sydney Opera House, and wander the streets of Darling Harbour.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Sydney tour planner .

The Route module can give you travel options from your home to Sydney. In August, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) so you can travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Manly Beach
Manly Beach

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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 (Fri): take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then take an exotic tour of a safari tour, then take in the exciting artwork at Ngarru Gallery, and finally look for gifts at With Sugar. Here are some ideas for day two: pick up some local products at Mossman Saturday Market, hunt for treasures at Sunday Market Port Douglas, then look for all kinds of wild species at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, and finally take some stellar pictures from Flagstaff Hill Lookout.

For ratings, maps, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Port Douglas day trip planning website .

Do a combination of flight and shuttle from Sydney to Port Douglas in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Sydney in August, things will get somewhat warmer in Port Douglas: highs are around 31°C and lows about 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) to allow time to take a bus to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

Mossman Saturday Market, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sun): get into the urban bustle at Tanks Arts Centre and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports. On the 26th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: kick back and relax at Palm Cove Beach, take in the exciting artwork at Village Gallery, and then trek along Esplanade Boardwalk.

For photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Cairns trip planner .

You can take a bus from Port Douglas to Cairns in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a shuttle. In August, daily temperatures in Cairns can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Tanks Arts Centre
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk

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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 27th (Tue), stroll through Uluru Hiking Path, browse the exhibits of Walkatjara Art, then get advice or help at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, then trek along Kuniya Walk, and finally make a trip to Uluru. On the 28th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: appreciate the views at Valley of the Winds and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga.

To find photos, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park online itinerary maker .

Getting from Cairns to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive. When traveling from Cairns in August, plan for little chillier days in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, with highs around 27°C, while nights are cooler with lows around 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Trails
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Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga ©
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga
Valley of the Winds ©
Valley of the Winds

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