11 days in Australia Itinerary

11 days in Australia Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Sydney
— 3 nights
2
Melbourne
— 3 nights
3
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
4
Cairns
— 2 nights

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.
Bring the kids along to Bondi Beach and Darling Harbour. And it doesn't end there: see a show at Sydney Opera House, stroll through Clovelly Beach, take in the views from Sydney Harbour Bridge, and observe the fascinating underwater world at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium.

To see more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Sydney itinerary builder website.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from your home destination to Sydney. In December in Sydney, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Bondi to Coogee Walk
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Sea Life Sydney Aquarium ©
Sea Life Sydney Aquarium
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach

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.
Kids will enjoy Royal Botanic Gardens and Melbourne Zoo. And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Melbourne Museum, admire the natural beauty at Fitzroy Gardens, take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck, and admire the landmark architecture of Royal Exhibition Building.

For reviews, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Melbourne holiday planner.

Getting from Sydney to Melbourne by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Traveling from Sydney in December, Melbourne is a bit cooler at night with lows of °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) early enough to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums
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Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum

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.
On the 3rd (Sun), see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Keep things going the next day: see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, thenget to know the resident critters at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, and then explore the gorgeous colors at Opal Reef.

For other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Port Douglas road trip planner.

You can fly from Melbourne to Port Douglas in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In January, Port Douglas is somewhat warmer than Melbourne - with highs of °C and lows of °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas ©
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas
Safaris

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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Tue): identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas. On the 6th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: hike along Esplanade Boardwalk, appreciate the history behind Cairns Cenotaph, and then make a splash at Cairns Wake park.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Cairns trip planner.

Drive from Port Douglas to Cairns in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In January in Cairns, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
Find places to stay Jan 4 — 6:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Cairns Wake park ©
Cairns Wake park
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk

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