13 days in Australia Itinerary

13 days in Australia Itinerary

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13 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Fly:  15​h
1
Sydney
— 1 night
Fly:  9​h
2
Melbourne
— 2 nights
Fly + taxi:  3​h 15​min
3
Kangaroo Island
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  7​h
4
Perth
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h 45​min
5
Brisbane
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
6
Sydney
— 1 night
Fly:  16​h 45​min
End: San Francisco

1
night
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.
On the 10th (Fri), hike along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, then kick back and relax at Bondi Beach, then tour the pleasant surroundings at The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk, and finally don't miss a visit to Sydney Opera House.

For where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Sydney online travel planner .

San Francisco, USA to Sydney is an approximately 17-hour flight. You can also do a combination of subway and flight; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) (AEST), which is usually a 18 hour difference. Traveling from San Francisco in August, expect Sydney to be a bit cooler, temps between 66°F and 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Trails
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk

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.
On the 11th (Sat), admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens. On your second day here, learn about all things military at Shrine of Remembrance, take in the spiritual surroundings of St Paul's Cathedral, then admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Victoria, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck 88.

To find photos, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, use the Melbourne trip planner .

Fly from Sydney to Melbourne in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Sydney in August; daily highs in Melbourne reach 57°F and lows reach 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to travel to Kangaroo Island.

Things to do in Melbourne

#Parks, #Museums, #Historic Sites

Side Trip

Eastern Beach Reserve
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Eastern Beach Reserve ©
Eastern Beach Reserve
Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance
National Gallery of Victoria ©
National Gallery of Victoria

2
nights
Kangaroo Island

Kangaroo Island
Abandoned by Aborigines a few thousand years ago, Kangaroo Island attracts over 140,000 visitors each year.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Tue): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Kangaroo Island trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Melbourne to Kangaroo Island in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, bus, car, and ferry. You will leave for Perth on the 15th (Wed).

Things to do in Kangaroo Island

#Wildlife, #Nature, #Trails
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2
nights
Perth

Perth ©
A modern metropolis of glassy skyscrapers, waterside boulevards, and lush residential neighborhoods, Perth sits on the edge of the Swan Coastal Plain.
Find out how to plan Perth trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Kangaroo Island to Perth in 7 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Kangaroo Island to Perth. August in Perth sees daily highs of 67°F and lows of 47°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Fri) to allow time for travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Perth

#Historic Sites, #Parks, #Beaches

Side Trips

Fremantle Prison, Rockingham Beach
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Fremantle Prison ©
Fremantle Prison
Rockingham Beach ©
Rockingham Beach
St. Mary's Cathedral ©
St. Mary's Cathedral

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.
On the 18th (Sat), steep yourself in history at Newstead House, take a stroll through West End, then admire the masterpieces at Queensland Art Gallery, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Catholic Old St. Stephen's Church (chapel). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Brisbane trip planner .

You can fly from Perth to Brisbane in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Australian Western Standard Time (AWST) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) (AEST) is 2 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Brisbane can reach 71°F, while at night they dip to 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Brisbane

#Wildlife, #Parks, #Museums
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Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Queensland Art Gallery ©
Queensland Art Gallery
West End ©
West End

1
night
Sydney

Sydney ©
Start off your visit on the 20th (Mon): admire the masterpieces at Art Gallery of New South Wales, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Cremorne Point to Mosman Bay Walk, and then get engrossed in the history at The Rocks Discovery Museum.

For reviews, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Sydney trip itinerary website .

Traveling by flight from Brisbane to Sydney takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. When traveling from Brisbane in August, plan for slightly colder days in Sydney, with highs around 66°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

#Museums, #Historic Sites
Find places to stay Aug 19 — 20:
Highlights from your plan
Art Gallery of New South Wales ©
Art Gallery of New South Wales
Cremorne Point to Mosman Bay Walk ©
Cremorne Point to Mosman Bay Walk
The Rocks Discovery Museum ©
The Rocks Discovery Museum

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