13 days in Australia Itinerary

13 days in Australia Itinerary

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13 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
1
Melbourne
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Sydney
— 4 nights
Fly + shuttle:  6​h 45​min
3
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
4
Cairns
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
5
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
End: Melbourne

2
nights
Melbourne

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Melbourne is known for museums, shopping, nightlife, parks, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, examine the collection at Melbourne Museum, take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck, and have some family-friendly fun at Pinball Paradise.

To find photos, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read our Melbourne vacation website .

Use the Route module to find travel options from your starting location to Melbourne. In December, daytime highs in Melbourne are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

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

4
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, tour the pleasant surroundings at Manly Beach, observe the fascinating underwater world at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, and hike along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk.

To find where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read Sydney vacation builder website .

You can fly from Melbourne to Sydney in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Sydney when traveling from Melbourne in January, with lows around 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can travel to Port Douglas.

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

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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Mon): take an exotic tour of a safari tour, then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then look for gifts at With Sugar. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Tue): look for all kinds of wild species at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, get to know the resident critters at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, and then see the vivid underwater world at Opal Reef.

To find maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Port Douglas holiday maker app .

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Sydney to Port Douglas takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Sydney in January, with highs in Port Douglas at 37°C and lows at 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can catcht the bus to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Parks Tours

Side Trip

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

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 8th (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at Esplanade Boardwalk, then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then take in the waterfront at The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the natural beauty at Botanical Gardens, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, and then enjoy some diversion at Esplanade Lagoon Pool.

To see ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read Cairns trip itinerary builder app .

You can take a bus from Port Douglas to Cairns in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In January, daytime highs in Cairns are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk
Esplanade Lagoon Pool ©
Esplanade Lagoon Pool

2
nights
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park ©
For quintessential Outback scenery and culture, you can't beat a holiday in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, a World Heritage Site.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Fri): view the masterpieces at Walkatjara Art, take an in-depth tour of Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, then explore the activities along Mutitjulu Waterhole, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Uluru. Here are some ideas for day two: appreciate the views at Valley of the Winds and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park tour itinerary builder site .

You can fly from Cairns to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 5 hours. Another option is to drive. When traveling from Cairns in January, plan for somewhat warmer days in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, with highs around 43°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Museums
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Uluru ©
Uluru
Mutitjulu Waterhole ©
Mutitjulu Waterhole
Valley of the Winds ©
Valley of the Winds

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