10 days in Australia Itinerary

10 days in Australia Itinerary

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10 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Chennai
Fly:  14​h 45​min
1
Cairns
— 1 night
bus:  1​h 15​min
2
Port Douglas
— 1 night
shuttle + Fly:  6​h 45​min
3
Sydney
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
4
Melbourne
— 3 nights
Fly:  16​h
End: Chennai

1
night
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 29th (Sun): get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports. On the 30th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, enjoy some diversion at Esplanade Lagoon Pool, and then stroll through Esplanade Boardwalk.

To find other places to visit, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read our Cairns online road trip planner .

Chennai, India to Cairns is an approximately 15-hour flight. Traveling from Chennai to Cairns, you'll lose 4 hours due to the time zone difference. In December, daily temperatures in Cairns can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a bus to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk
Nature & Wildlife Tours

1
night
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 31st (Tue): identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then stop by With Sugar.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Port Douglas trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by bus from Cairns to Port Douglas takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In December, daytime highs in Port Douglas are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
With Sugar ©
With Sugar

2
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: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, stroll through Manly Beach, take in the dramatic natural features at Mrs Macquarie's Chair, and get to know the fascinating history of The Rocks.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Sydney day trip planning site .

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Port Douglas to Sydney takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Port Douglas in January, with highs in Sydney at 32°C and lows at 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Darling Harbour ©
Darling Harbour
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney ©
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney
The Rocks ©
The Rocks

3
nights
Melbourne

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sat): see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum, then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Melbourne Zoo, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Fitzroy Gardens. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Sun): take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck, and then soar above the sights with a balloon tour.

To find more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Melbourne day trip planning tool .

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Melbourne takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Sydney in January, expect slightly colder with lows of 17°C in Melbourne. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Tours Outdoors
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Balloon Rides
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo

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