19 days in Australia Itinerary

19 days in Australia Itinerary

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19 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: San Diego
Fly:  18​h 15​min
1
Brisbane
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
2
Sydney
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Melbourne
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
4
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 3 nights
Fly + shuttle:  5​h 45​min
5
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
6
Cairns
— 3 nights
Fly:  21​h 15​min
End: San Diego

2
nights
Brisbane

Brisbane ©
Queensland’s biggest town and state capital, Brisbane has an attractive, manicured image based around its riverside aesthetic as well as the contrast between its high-rise center and extensive urban greenery.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Wed): take in nature's colorful creations at Roma Street Parkland and then walk around South Bank Parklands. On your second day here, get great views at Mount Coot-tha Lookout and then look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary.

To find photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Brisbane trip planner .

San Diego, USA to Brisbane is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 18 hours traveling from San Diego to Brisbane. In November, Brisbane is somewhat warmer than San Diego - with highs of 80°F and lows of 65°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Wildlife
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South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Mount Coot-tha Lookout ©
Mount Coot-tha Lookout

4
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.
Sydney is known for nightlife, trails, shopping, beaches, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the striking features of Sydney Opera House, take a stroll through The Rocks, snap pictures at Sydney Harbour Bridge, and enjoy the sand and surf at Manly Beach.

To see photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Sydney trip itinerary planning app .

Traveling by flight from Brisbane to Sydney takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In November in Sydney, expect temperatures between 77°F during the day and 62°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Find places to stay Nov 28 — Dec 2:
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©

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.
Change things up with a short trip to The Great Ocean Road in Torquay (about 1h 20 min away). There's still lots to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Melbourne Zoo, admire all the interesting features of Fitzroy Gardens, and see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum.

For ratings, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Melbourne tour itinerary builder .

You can fly from Sydney to Melbourne in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Sydney in December, plan for a bit cooler nights in Melbourne, with lows around 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Museums Scenic Drive

Side Trip

The Great Ocean Road
Find places to stay Dec 2 — 5:
Highlights from your plan
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo
The Great Ocean Road ©
The Great Ocean Road

3
nights
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.
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is known for nature, museums, outdoors, trails, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the dramatic natural features at Uluru, hike along Kuniya Walk, get engrossed in the history at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, and admire the verdant scenery at Valley of the Winds.

To find other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park vacation builder app .

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Melbourne in December, expect Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to be a bit warmer, temps between 97°F and 70°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Find places to stay Dec 5 — 8:
Highlights from your plan
Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga ©
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga
Valley of the Winds ©
Valley of the Winds

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Mon): take an exotic tour of a safari tour, then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, and then look for gifts at With Sugar. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore and take pictures at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Opal Reef.

For more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Port Douglas trip planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Port Douglas takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. While traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Port Douglas, ranging from highs of 88°F to lows of 73°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can catcht the bus to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Parks Tours

Side Trip

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Find places to stay Dec 8 — 10:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

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.
Take a break from Cairns with a short trip to Palm Cove Beach in Palm Cove, about 32 minutes away. There's much more to do: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, take a leisurely stroll along The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, and enjoy some diversion at Esplanade Lagoon Pool.

To find traveler tips, photos, maps, and tourist information, go to the Cairns trip itinerary planning website .

You can take a bus from Port Douglas to Cairns in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a shuttle. In December, daily temperatures in Cairns can reach 88°F, while at night they dip to 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk, Palm Cove Beach
Find places to stay Dec 10 — 13:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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