13 days in Australia Itinerary

13 days in Australia Itinerary

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13 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Lisbon
Fly:  26​h
Melbourne
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly + shuttle:  6​h 45​min
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
Cairns
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h
Perth
— Few hours
Fly:  23​h 30​min
End: Lisbon

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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Tue): examine the collection at Melbourne Museum, then contemplate the long history of Old Melbourne Gaol, then make a trip to Flinders Street Station, and finally admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Melbourne Zoo, explore the galleries of Shrine of Remembrance, then admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Victoria, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck 88.

To see where to stay, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Melbourne route planner.

Lisbon, Portugal to Melbourne is an approximately 26-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference moving from Western European Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Victoria) is 10 hours. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Lisbon in October; daily highs in Melbourne reach 24°C and lows reach 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to travel to Sydney.

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#Museums, #Parks, #Historic Sites
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Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo

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.
Sydney is known for nightlife, trails, beaches, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: enjoy a live performance at Sydney Opera House, enjoy the sand and surf at Coogee Beach, examine the collection at Australian National Maritime Museum, and trek along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk.

To see maps, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Sydney road trip planning site .

You can fly from Melbourne to Sydney in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Melbourne in October, things will get a bit warmer in Sydney: highs are around 28°C and lows about 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Sun) to allow time for travel to Port Douglas.

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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge

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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Mon): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find where to stay, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Port Douglas attractions planner .

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, bus, and shuttle. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Sydney in October, with highs in Port Douglas at 34°C and lows at 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to drive to Cairns.

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Scuba & Snorkeling

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.
On the 9th (Tue), get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports. On the 10th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire all the interesting features of Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, then kick back and relax at Palm Cove Beach, and then admire the natural beauty at Botanical Gardens.

For photos, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Cairns vacation maker .

You can drive from Port Douglas to Cairns in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. In October in Cairns, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 23°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to travel to Perth.

Things to do in Cairns

#Outdoors, #Wildlife, #Parks

Side Trip

Palm Cove
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach

few
hours
Perth

Perth ©
A modern metropolis of glassy skyscrapers, waterside boulevards, and lush residential neighborhoods, Perth sits on the edge of the Swan Coastal Plain.
On the 11th (Thu), contemplate the waterfront views at Swan River and then take in nature's colorful creations at Kings Park & Botanic Garden.

For maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Perth vacation website .

Traveling by flight from Cairns to Perth takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) to Australian Western Standard Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. In October, Perth is a bit cooler than Cairns - with highs of 28°C and lows of 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Perth

#Parks, #Nature
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Kings Park & Botanic Garden ©
Kings Park & Botanic Garden
Swan River ©
Swan River

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