13 days in Australia Itinerary

13 days in Australia Itinerary

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13 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  3​h 30​min
1
Melbourne
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Echuca
— 1 night
+2
bus + foot + Fly:  8​h 15​min
3
Cairns
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h
4
Bundaberg
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 30​min
5
Gold Coast
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
6
Sydney
— 4 nights
End: Sydney

2
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Step off the beaten path and head to Eastern Beach Reserve and Spas. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Melbourne: Ballarat (Ballarat Wildlife Park & Lake Wendouree). Next up on the itinerary: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens.

To see reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Melbourne trip itinerary app .

Sydney to Melbourne is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Melbourne when traveling from Sydney in January, with lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to drive to Echuca.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Wildlife Beaches

Side Trips

Ballarat, Eastern Beach Reserve, Spas
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Eastern Beach Reserve ©
Eastern Beach Reserve
Lake Wendouree ©
Lake Wendouree
Spas

1
night
Echuca

Echuca ©
Echuca is a town located on the banks of the Murray River and Campaspe River in Victoria, Australia. Start off your visit on the 9th (Thu): examine the collection at National Holden Motor Museum : Echuca and then examine the collection at The Great Aussie Beer Shed.

To find reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Echuca online road trip planner .

Drive from Melbourne to Echuca in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Echuca

Museums
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The Great Aussie Beer Shed ©
The Great Aussie Beer Shed
National Holden Motor Museum : Echuca ©

2
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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 10th (Fri): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour and then identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas. Keep things going the next day: kick back and relax at Trinity Beach and then enjoy the sand and surf at Palm Cove Beach.

For maps, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Cairns trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Echuca to Cairns takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, and flight; or drive. In January, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to travel to Bundaberg.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Palm Cove Beach, Trinity Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach

1
night
Bundaberg

Bundaberg ©
Bundaberg is a city in Bundaberg Region, Queensland, Australia. Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sun): sample the fine beverages at Bundaberg Rum Distillery and then look for all kinds of wild species at Mon Repos Turtle Encounter.

To find ratings, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read Bundaberg online journey planner .

Fly from Cairns to Bundaberg in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Cairns in January since evenings lows in Bundaberg dip to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Bundaberg

Wildlife Parks Breweries & Distilleries
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Bundaberg Rum Distillery ©
Bundaberg Rum Distillery

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Gold Coast

Gold Coast ©
A city of towering skyscrapers, sandy beaches, and tree-lined streets, Gold Coast has an unpretentious air complemented by a citywide focus on sports and the arts.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at Kurrawa Beach, then kick back and relax at Burleigh Heads Beach, and then explore the striking landscape of Burleigh Head National Park. On your second day here, buy something for everyone on your list at Robina Town Shopping Centre, then enjoy the sand and surf at Coolangatta Beach, and then kick back and relax at Kirra Beach.

To find ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Gold Coast visit planner.

Getting from Bundaberg to Gold Coast by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in January, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Coolangatta Beach ©
Coolangatta Beach
Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park

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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.
Change things up with a short trip to Kiama Blowhole in Kiama (about 1h 45 min away). Next up on the itinerary: hike along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, snap pictures at Sydney Harbour Bridge, stroll through Bondi Beach, and explore the striking landscape at Mrs Macquarie's Chair.

To find photos, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Sydney trip maker app .

Traveling by flight from Gold Coast to Sydney takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In January in Sydney, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 23°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Kiama Blowhole
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House

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