19 days in Australia Itinerary

19 days in Australia Itinerary

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19 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Calgary
Fly:  23 h 30 min
1
Cairns
— 2 nights
Bus:  1 h 15 min
2
Port Douglas
— 3 nights
Shuttle + Fly:  5 h 45 min
3
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 2 nights
Fly:  8 h 45 min
4
Hobart
— 2 nights
Fly:  5 h 30 min
5
Kangaroo Island
— 3 nights
Fly:  5 h 30 min
6
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly:  20 h 45 min
End: Calgary

2
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.
Relax by the water at Trinity Beach and Palm Cove Beach. Visiting Scuba & Snorkeling and Canyoning & Rappelling Tours will get you outdoors. Get out of town with these interesting Cairns side-trips: Australian Butterfly Sanctuary (in Kuranda) and Jaques Coffee Plantation (in Mareeba). Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Atherton Tablelands, take in the exciting artwork at Bones and Jones, and get interesting insight from Tours.

To see maps, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Cairns road trip planning app .

Calgary, Canada to Cairns is an approximately 23.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 17 hours traveling from Calgary to Cairns. Traveling from Calgary in November, things will get much warmer in Cairns: highs are around 36°C and lows about 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to catcht the bus to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Jaques Coffee Plantation, Palm Cove Beach, Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, Trinity Beach
Find places to stay Nov 7 — 10:
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Scuba & Snorkeling
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach

3
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Photography Tours and Horses in Port. Get in touch with nature at Scuba & Snorkeling and Agincourt Reef. And it doesn't end there: take an exotic tour of a safari tour, identify plant and animal life at Mossman Gorge Centre, and admire all the interesting features of Hartley's Crocodile Adventures.

For photos, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Port Douglas trip planner .

Take a bus from Cairns to Port Douglas in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In November, daily temperatures in Port Douglas can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, Mossman Gorge Centre, Photography Tours
Find places to stay Nov 10 — 13:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Mossman Gorge Centre ©
Mossman Gorge Centre
Agincourt Reef ©
Agincourt Reef

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sat): admire the verdant scenery at Valley of the Winds, then explore the striking landscape at Uluru, and then trek along Kuniya Walk. On the next day, browse the exhibits of Walkatjara Art, get all the information you need at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, then take in the awesome beauty at Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga, and finally get outside with Walpa Gorge.

To see maps, photos, reviews, and tourist information, use the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip itinerary planning website .

Do a combination of shuttle and flight from Port Douglas to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. When traveling from Port Douglas in November, plan for a bit warmer days and a bit cooler nights in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park: temperatures range from 41°C by day to 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Hobart.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Museums
Find places to stay Nov 13 — 15:
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Valley of the Winds ©
Valley of the Winds
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga ©
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga
Uluru ©
Uluru

2
nights
Hobart

Hobart ©
Snaking up the side of a rounded, tree-dotted hill, Hobart sits between Tasmania’s sprawling mountains and the vast estuary of the River Derwent.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Battery Point Sculpture Trail and Hobart Convict Penitentiary. You'll discover tucked-away gems like The Neck and Constitution Dock. The adventure continues: take a memorable excursion with Day Trips, look for all kinds of wild species at Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary, and admire the masterpieces at Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery.

To see other places to visit, reviews, photos, and tourist information, use the Hobart road trip planning site .

Traveling by flight from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Hobart takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry. Expect cooler weather when traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in November: highs in Hobart hover around 22°C, while lows dip to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Kangaroo Island.

Things to do in Hobart

Wildlife Tours Historic Sites

Side Trips

Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary, The Neck
Find places to stay Nov 15 — 18:
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Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary
Dolphin & Whale Watching
The Neck ©
The Neck

3
nights
Kangaroo Island

Kangaroo Island ©
Abandoned by Aborigines a few thousand years ago, Kangaroo Island attracts over 140,000 visitors each year.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Flinders Chase National Park and Raptor Domain. Take a break from the city and head to Off-Road Tours and Paul's Place Wildlife Sanctuary. It doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary and learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Kangaroo Island Wildlife Park.

To find where to stay, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Kangaroo Island trip planner .

Getting from Hobart to Kangaroo Island by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, ferry, and car; or do a combination of bus, ferry, train, and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Kangaroo Island

Wildlife Parks Tours
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Raptor Domain ©
Raptor Domain
Flinders Chase National Park ©
Flinders Chase National Park
Off-Road Tours

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.
Relax by the water at Bondi Beach and Manly Beach. The Rocks and Jason Ree are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Step out of Sydney with an excursion to Blue Mountains in Katoomba--about 1h 30 min away. And it doesn't end there: hike along Bondi to Coogee Walk, wander the streets of Darling Harbour, see a show at Sydney Opera House, and admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney.

To see reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read Sydney online visit planner .

You can fly from Kangaroo Island to Sydney in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of taxi, ferry, bus, and train. November in Sydney sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Bondi to Coogee Walk, Blue Mountains
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Blue Mountains ©
Blue Mountains
Bondi to Coogee Walk ©
Bondi to Coogee Walk
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach

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