13 days in Australia Itinerary

13 days in Australia Itinerary

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13 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Cairns
1
Cairns
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h
2
Brisbane
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
4
Melbourne
— 3 nights
End: Melbourne

3
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.
Get outdoors at Scuba & Snorkeling and Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Palm Cove Beach and Trinity Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Cairns side-trips: Hartley's Crocodile Adventures (in Palm Cove), Four Mile Beach (in Port Douglas) and Daintree Discovery Centre (in Cow Bay). There's more to do: have some family-friendly fun at Cairns Kart Hire Track.

To find traveler tips, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read Cairns journey planner .

If you are flying in from United States, the closest major airport is Cairns International Airport. January in Cairns sees daily highs of 89°F and lows of 75°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Cairns

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Wildlife

Side Trips

Port Douglas, Palm Cove, Daintree Discovery Centre, Trinity Beach, Cairns Kart Hire Track
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach

2
nights
Brisbane

Brisbane ©
Queensland’s biggest town and state capital, Brisbane has an attractive, manicured image based around its riverside aesthetic as well as the contrast between its high-rise center and extensive urban greenery.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Fri): explore the world behind art at GOMA, then look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Moffat Beach. On your second day here, see the interesting displays at Queensland Museum & Sciencentre and then kick back and relax at Dicky Beach.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Brisbane itinerary builder tool .

Getting from Cairns to Brisbane by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from Cairns in January, expect nights in Brisbane to be about the same, around 71°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 84°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Brisbane

#Parks, #Beaches, #Outdoors

Side Trip

Caloundra
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Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Queensland Museum & Sciencentre ©
Queensland Museum & Sciencentre
GOMA ©
GOMA

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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Bondi Beach and Manly Beach. Take a break from the city and head to Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Take a break from Sydney with a short trip to Featherdale Wildlife Park in Blacktown, about 46 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: wander the streets of The Rocks, enjoy the sand and surf at Coogee Beach, and discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

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Getting from Brisbane to Sydney by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 82°F in January, and nighttime lows around 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) to allow time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Wildlife

Side Trip

Featherdale Wildlife Park
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The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©

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 24th (Thu): stroll through Melbourne Zoo, then contemplate the long history of Shrine of Remembrance, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at St. Kilda Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Fri): take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck 88, admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, and then immerse yourself in nature at Warrandyte State Park.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read our Melbourne driving holiday planner.

Getting from Sydney to Melbourne by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Expect little chillier evenings in Melbourne when traveling from Sydney in January, with lows around 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Museums

Side Trip

St. Kilda Beach
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Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo
Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance
National Gallery of Victoria ©
National Gallery of Victoria

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