28 days in Australia, Japan & South Korea Itinerary

28 days in Australia, Japan & South Korea Itinerary

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Sydney, Australia
— 4 nights
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Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, Australia
— 3 nights
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Cairns, Australia
— 4 nights
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Port Douglas, Australia
— 4 nights
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Kyoto, Japan
— 5 nights
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Jeju, South Korea
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Sydney, Australia — 4 nights

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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like The National Pass and Chinese Garden of Friendship. Appreciate the collections at Art Gallery of New South Wales and Australian National Maritime Museum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Sydney: The Three Sisters (in Katoomba) and Wentworth Falls Lookout (in Wentworth Falls). There's lots more to do: see a show at Sydney Opera House, hike along Bondi to Coogee Walk, enjoy the sand and surf at Manly Beach, and visit The Rocks.

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Toronto, Canada to Sydney is an approximately 24.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 15 hours traveling from Toronto to Sydney. In May in Sydney, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 14°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can catch the flight to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.
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Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, Australia — 3 nights

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga and Mala Walk. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Field of Light and Lungkata Walk. There's lots more to do: take an in-depth tour of Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, surround yourself with nature on Uluru Astro Tour, hike along Kuniya Walk, and explore the striking landscape at Uluru.

For where to stay, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park journey builder.

Fly from Sydney to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 0.5 hours traveling from Sydney to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. While traveling from Sydney, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, ranging from highs of 28°C to lows of 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can catch the flight to Cairns.
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Cairns, Australia — 4 nights

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Seastar Cruises Reef Day Trips and Barron Falls. Step out of the city life by going to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Australian Butterfly Sanctuary. Venture out of the city with trips to Palm Cove (Palm Cove Beach & Spas). There's still lots to do: brush up on your military savvy at The Australian Armour & Artillery Museum, take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Gardens, kick back and relax at Trinity Beach, and stroll through Esplanade Boardwalk.

To find traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Cairns trip planner.

Fly from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Cairns in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. You'll lose 0.5 hours traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Cairns due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in May, things will get somewhat warmer in Cairns: highs are around 32°C and lows about 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Port Douglas.
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Port Douglas, Australia — 4 nights

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Mossman Gorge Centre and Safaris. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Daintree National Park and Spas. There's much more to do: explore the gorgeous colors at Opal Reef, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, learn about winemaking at Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery, and take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Port Douglas online travel planner.

You can drive from Cairns to Port Douglas in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Port Douglas are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. On the 16th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly to Kyoto.
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Kyoto, Japan — 5 nights

The national capital for over a thousand years, Kyoto retains much of the charm of old Japan, boasting numerous temples and shrines that seem completely untouched by the modern world.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Todai-ji Temple. Visit Kiyomizu-dera Temple and Sanjusangendo Temple for their historical value. Step out of Kyoto to go to Nara and see Nara Park, which is approximately 1h 10 min away. There's lots more to do: step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, steep yourself in history at Osaka Castle, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ginkakuji Temple, and wander the streets of Arashiyama.

To see traveler tips, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Kyoto trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by flight from Port Douglas to Kyoto takes 10.5 hours. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Port Douglas in May, expect Kyoto to be slightly colder, temps between 29°C and 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Jeju.
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Jeju, South Korea — 6 nights

Island of the Gods

The main town on the largest of Korea's islands, Jeju, has a volcanic landscape protected by UNESCO. The World Heritage-listed volcanic island includes the country's highest peak, sets of impressive lava tubes and columns, and several crater lakes.
Explore hidden gems such as Seongsan Ilchulbong and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Museum-lovers will get to explore Haenyeo Museum and Maze Land. The adventure continues: head off the coast to Udo, view the masterpieces at The Islander, enjoy the sand and surf at Hamdeok Beach, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Bulsari Tapsa Temple.

To see reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Jeju online trip itinerary maker.

You can fly from Kyoto to Jeju in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train, ferry, and taxi; or do a combination of train and ferry. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can fly back home.
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Australia travel guide

4.5
Beaches · Wildlife Areas · Gardens
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.
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Japan travel guide

4.3
Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Historic Sites
Land of the Rising Sun
Part of a volcanic archipelago that encompasses over 6,800 islands, Japan remains one of Asia's most fascinating tourist destinations, where a blend of modernity and tradition creates a look and feel completely different from any other place in the world. A tour of Japan lets you discover big cities filled with ancient temples and innovative skyscrapers, as well as quiet country landscapes dotted with castles, perfectly manicured gardens, cherry orchards, and primeval forests seemingly untouched by the hand of mass tourism. Many tourists on vacation in Japan devote lots of time to the country's unique cuisine, prepared with painstaking attention to detail and a genius for simple yet effective presentation.
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South Korea travel guide

4.2
Shopping · History Museums · Parks
Land of the Morning Calm
Though it boasts a history spanning thousands of years, South Korea ranks among the world's most urbanized and modernized countries, with nearly half of its population living in high-rises concentrated in the national capital. In this land of pristine mountain scenery, many South Korea vacations involve some form of winter sports--not surprising for the country that won the bid to host the 2018 Winter Olympics. Curious travelers wishing to get to know South Korea's heart and soul spend only a small part of their holiday in big cities like Busan and Seoul, devoting much of their attention to the tranquil countryside that seems largely untouched by the 21st century.
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