13 days in Australia Itinerary

13 days in Australia Itinerary

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13 days in Australia Itinerary

Washington DC
Fly:  25​h
Sydney
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h 45​min
Broome
— 1 night
Fly + bus:  8​h 45​min
Margaret River
— 2 nights
bus + Fly + Drive:  13​h 30​min
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— Few hours
Fly + shuttle:  6​h
Port Douglas
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 15​min
Cairns
— 4 nights
Fly:  23​h
Washington DC

2
days
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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Bondi Beach, then stroll through Coogee Beach, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Clovelly. On the 5th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: wander the streets of The Rocks, then catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, and then take a stroll through Darling Harbour.

For reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Sydney online trip itinerary planner .

Washington DC, USA to Sydney is an approximately 25-hour flight. You can also do a combination of subway, bus, and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. You'll lose 15 hours traveling from Washington DC to Sydney due to the time zone difference. Prepare for colder weather when traveling from Washington DC in August: high temperatures in Sydney hover around 66°F and lows are around 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to travel to Broome.

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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
The Rocks ©
The Rocks

1
day
Broome

Broome ©
A relaxed town of tree-shaded streets and scenic coastal stretches, Broome gained renown as a center of the pearling industry in the late 19th century.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Mon): see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour and then stroll through Cable Beach.

For maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Broome trip maker website .

You can fly from Sydney to Broome in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Sydney to Broome is minus 2 hours. While traveling from Sydney, expect warmer days and somewhat warmer nights in Broome, ranging from highs of 88°F to lows of 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to travel to Margaret River.

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#Outdoors, #Wildlife, #Tours
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Cable Beach ©
Cable Beach
Dolphin & Whale Watching

2
days
Margaret River

Margaret River ©
A low-rise, laid-back town of approximately 4,500 inhabitants, Margaret River serves as an ideal local base to explore the surrounding wine region.
On the 7th (Tue), explore the fascinating underground world of Jewel Cave, then Head underground at Lake Cave, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Margaret River Mouth Beach. On the 8th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the fascinating underground world of Mammoth Cave, then enjoy the sand and surf at Surfers Point, and then kick back and relax at Cowaramup Bay.

To see reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Margaret River road trip planner .

Getting from Broome to Margaret River by combination of flight and bus takes about 9 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Margaret River

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Cowaramup Bay, Jewel Cave, Surfers Point, Mammoth Cave
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Lake Cave ©
Lake Cave
Jewel Cave ©
Jewel Cave
Mammoth Cave ©
Mammoth Cave

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hours
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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Thu): hike along Kuniya Walk, take in the dramatic natural features at Uluru, then take in the exciting artwork at Walkatjara Art, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Kata Tjuta.

To see more things to do, photos, maps, and tourist information, go to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip planner .

Getting from Margaret River to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park by combination of bus, flight, and car takes about 13.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Margaret River to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. Expect a daytime high around 74°F in August, and nighttime lows around 42°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can travel to Port Douglas.

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Kata Tjuta ©
Kata Tjuta
Uluru ©
Uluru
Kuniya Walk ©
Kuniya Walk

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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.
On the 10th (Fri), tour the pleasant surroundings at Four Mile Beach, then meet the residents at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Mossman Gorge.

For other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Port Douglas online trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Port Douglas takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in August: high temperatures in Port Douglas hover around 80°F and lows are around 62°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can go by car to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Wildlife

Side Trip

Mossman Gorge
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Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas ©
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas

4
days
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.
You'll get in some beach time at Trinity Beach and Palm Cove Beach. Escape the urban bustle at Scuba & Snorkeling and Australian Butterfly Sanctuary. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cairns: Hartley's Crocodile Adventures (in Palm Cove) and Historic Village Herberton (in Herberton). There's more to do: tour the water at your own pace with Shaolin Junk Cruises.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Cairns visit planner .

Traveling by car from Port Douglas to Cairns takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. In August, daytime highs in Cairns are 80°F, while nighttime lows are 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Tue) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

#Outdoors, #Wildlife, #Parks

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Trinity Beach, Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, Historic Village Herberton
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach

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