32 days in Santiago Metropolitan Region & Australia Itinerary

32 days in Santiago Metropolitan Region & Australia Itinerary

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Santiago, Chile
— 3 nights
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Sydney, Australia
— 5 nights
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Lord Howe Island, Australia
— 3 nights
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Cairns, Australia
— 5 nights
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Port Douglas, Australia
— 5 nights
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Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, Australia
— 4 nights
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Melbourne, Australia
— 5 nights
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Santiago, Chile

City of the Island Hills

Santiago tourism thrives largely thanks to the city's big selection of cultural and entertainment options, including museums, theaters, restaurants, bars, and giant malls.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Playa Punta De Tralca and Playa Tunquen. Family-friendly places like San Cristóbal Hill and Santuario de la Inmaculada Concepcion will thrill your kids. There's lots more to do: examine the collection at La Chascona, explore the historical opulence of Castillo Hidalgo, and learn about winemaking at Vina Santa Carolina.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read our Santiago trip itinerary website.

If you are flying in from Chile, the closest major aiport is Comodoro Arturo Merino Benítez International Airport. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Santiago

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

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Sydney, Australia

The Harbour City

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.
We've included these beaches for you: Bondi Beach and Terrigal Beach. Take a break from the city and head to Bondi to Coogee Walk and The Giant Stairway. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Sydney: Wentworth Falls Lookout (in Wentworth Falls), Shelly Beach (in Manly) and Katoomba Cascades (in Katoomba). The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Tamarama Beach, get outside with The Entrance Pelican Feed, identify plant and animal life at North Head Sanctuary, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Manly Beach.

For more things to do, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Sydney trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Santiago to Sydney takes 17.5 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 14 hours traveling from Santiago to Sydney. In January, daily temperatures in Sydney can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to travel to Lord Howe Island.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Trails

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 12 — 17:

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Lord Howe Island, Australia

Bursting out of the Tasman Sea, Lord Howe Island offers stunning scenery and many sandy beaches.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Ned's Beach and Lord Howe Island Walking Trails. Get outdoors at Lagoon Beach and Ball's Pyramid. There's lots more to do: cast your line with a fishing tour, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and examine the collection at Lord Howe Island Museum.

For photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Lord Howe Island day trip planning site.

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Lord Howe Island takes 3.5 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Sydney to Lord Howe Island is 0.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Lord Howe Island

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Wildlife
Find places to stay Jan 17 — 20:

5
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Cairns, Australia

The Gateway to the Great Barrier Reef

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.
Family-friendly places like Scuba & Snorkeling and Josephine Falls will thrill your kids. Explore hidden gems such as Nature & Wildlife Tours and Yorkeys Knob Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Cairns: Mulgrave Settlers Museum (in Gordonvale), Babinda Boulders (in Babinda) and Lake Eacham Crater Lakes National Park (in Lake Eacham). There's much more to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Crystal Cascades, admire the masterpieces at Samurai Gallery Australia, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Monica's Cathedral, and trek along Esplanade Boardwalk.

To find where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Cairns day trip planning tool.

Fly from Lord Howe Island to Cairns in 6.5 hours. Traveling from Lord Howe Island to Cairns, you'll gain 0.5 hours due to the time zone difference. January in Cairns sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can drive to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Tours

Side Trips

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Port Douglas, Australia

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Agincourt Reef and Four Mile Beach. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Scuba & Snorkeling and Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Port Douglas: Cape Tribulation Beach (in Cape Tribulation) and Daintree Tea (in Daintree). And it doesn't end there: explore the gorgeous colors at Opal Reef, take some stellar pictures from Flagstaff Hill Lookout, look for gifts at Coffee Works Port Douglas, and see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour.

To find photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Port Douglas trip itinerary builder.

Getting from Cairns to Port Douglas by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. In January in Port Douglas, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 25 — 30:

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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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga and Valley of the Winds. Get outdoors at Kuniya Walk and Mutitjulu Waterhole. The adventure continues: explore and take pictures at Uluru, take in the dramatic natural features at Walpa Gorge, look for all kinds of wild species at Red Desert Reptiles, and get engrossed in the history at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre.

To find photos, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip planner.

Fly from Port Douglas to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Port Douglas to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, you'll gain 0.5 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Port Douglas in January, expect nights in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to be about the same, around 26°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 43°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) to allow time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 30 — Feb 3:

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Melbourne, Australia

Australia's Garden City

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Explore hidden gems such as Lake Wendouree and Australian Centre for the Moving Image. Take a break from the city and head to St Kilda Pier and Frankston Beach. Change things up with a short trip to Ballarat Botanical Gardens in Ballarat (about 1h 40 min away). There's much more to do: explore the world behind art at ArtVo, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, get to know the resident critters at Melbourne Zoo, and contemplate the long history of Parliament House of Victoria.

To find maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Melbourne trip planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Melbourne takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Melbourne, you'll lose 0.5 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in February, things will get slightly colder in Melbourne: highs are around 32°C and lows about 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

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Santiago Metropolitan Region travel guide

4.2
Parks · Gift & Specialty Shops · Mountains
Chile's only landlocked administrative area, Santiago Metropolitan Region contains the national capital and houses over six million residents. Tourism in Santiago Metropolitan Region thrives mostly thanks to the capital's impressive range of theaters, museums, restaurants, and other attractions. The economic and political hub of the country, this cosmopolitan area encompasses pleasant residential neighborhoods, each boasting its own look and feel. Offering quick access to both the ocean and mountains, a holiday in Santiago Metropolitan Region appeals to visitors interested in skiing in the Andes and swimming in the Pacific, often on the same day.

Australia travel guide

4.6
Beaches · Gardens · Wildlife Areas
Australia is a country of breathtaking beauty and unforgettable adventure. From coast to coast you’ll find ancient rainforests, towering cities, stunning outback landscapes and white sand beaches. It’s not only the scenery that varies here, but also the lifestyle. Lay back and relax within a coastal paradise, explore the bustling laneways of a lively metropolis, or feed your sense of adventure in the most remote and remarkable pockets of the country. Whether you’re connecting with Aboriginal culture, tasting seafood straight from the ocean, or diving with gentle whale sharks, you’ll discover why there’s nothing like Australia.