12 days in Melbourne, Port Douglas & Sydney Itinerary

12 days in Melbourne, Port Douglas & Sydney Itinerary

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12 days in Melbourne, Port Douglas & Sydney Itinerary

Start: Las Vegas
Fly:  21​h
1
Melbourne
— 3 nights
Fly + shuttle:  7​h 15​min
2
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
shuttle + Fly:  7​h 15​min
3
Sydney
— 2 nights
Fly:  20​h
End: Las Vegas

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Eastern Beach Reserve and St. Kilda Beach. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Art Gallery of Ballarat and National Gallery of Victoria. Explore Melbourne's surroundings by going to Spas & Wellness (in Daylesford) and Portal 108 (in Hepburn Springs). There's much more to do: take a stroll through Melbourne Central, take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, hunt for treasures at Degraves Street, and learn about all things military at Shrine of Remembrance.

For ratings, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read our Melbourne online road trip planner .

Las Vegas, USA to Melbourne is an approximately 21-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. You'll lose 18 hours traveling from Las Vegas to Melbourne due to the time zone difference. November in Melbourne sees daily highs of 73°F and lows of 50°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) to allow time to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Melbourne

#Museums, #Parks, #Shopping

Side Trips

Eastern Beach Reserve, St. Kilda Beach, Art Gallery of Ballarat, Portal 108, Spas & Wellness
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Art Gallery of Ballarat ©
Art Gallery of Ballarat
Eastern Beach Reserve ©
Eastern Beach Reserve
Spas & Wellness

2
nights
Port Douglas

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.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Trinity Beach and Palm Cove Beach. For shopping fun, head to Coffee Works or Ngarru Gallery. Spend the 6th (Thu) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's lots more to do: explore the gorgeous colors at Agincourt Reef, stroll through Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, and look for gifts at With Sugar.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Port Douglas vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Melbourne to Port Douglas takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Melbourne in December, with highs in Port Douglas at 88°F and lows at 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Port Douglas

#Outdoors, #Wildlife, #Parks

Side Trips

Palm Cove Beach, Trinity Beach
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Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
Agincourt Reef ©
Agincourt Reef

2
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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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at The Rocks and Brett Whiteley Studio. Escape the urban bustle at Bondi Beach and Clovelly. There's much more to do: see a show at Sydney Opera House, enjoy the sand and surf at Coogee Beach, wander the streets of Darling Harbour, and stroll through Manly Beach.

To find photos, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Sydney online road trip planner .

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Port Douglas to Sydney in 7.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Port Douglas in December, with highs in Sydney at 81°F and lows at 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches
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The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Manly Beach
Manly Beach

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