13 days in Australia Itinerary

13 days in Australia Itinerary

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13 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Fly:  18​h 15​min
Cairns
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
shuttle + Fly:  6​h
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 30​min
Sydney
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
Lord Howe Island
— 2 nights
Fly:  18​h
End: San Francisco

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Sun): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On the next day, admire all the interesting features of Hartley's Crocodile Adventures and then enjoy the sand and surf at Palm Cove Beach.

For reviews, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, use the Cairns road trip planner.

San Francisco, USA to Cairns is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of subway and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 18 hours traveling from San Francisco to Cairns. Traveling from San Francisco in December, expect Cairns to be warmer, temps between 88°F and 73°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) so you can go by car to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

#Outdoors, #Wildlife, #Tours

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Palm Cove
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Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
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Palm Cove Beach

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 1st (Tue): look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take an exotic tour of a safari tour.

For more things to do, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Port Douglas road trip app .

You can drive from Cairns to Port Douglas in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. In December in Port Douglas, expect temperatures between 88°F during the day and 73°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Port Douglas

#Tours, #Outdoors, #Wildlife
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris

1
night
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 3rd (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Uluru Hiking Path, take in the exciting artwork at Walkatjara Art, then trek along Kuniya Walk, and finally explore the striking landscape at Uluru. On the next day, take an in-depth tour of Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, then take in the awesome beauty at Kata Tjuta, and then head outdoors with Walpa Gorge.

To find where to stay, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read our Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip tool .

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Port Douglas to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. When traveling from Port Douglas in January, plan for a bit warmer days in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, with highs around 99°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 73°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Nature
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Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta ©
Kata Tjuta
Kuniya Walk ©
Kuniya Walk

2
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.
Relax by the water at Bondi Beach and Camp Cove. Visiting Manly Beach and Clovelly will get you outdoors. And it doesn't end there: wander the streets of The Rocks, snap pictures at Sydney Harbour Bridge, kick back and relax at Coogee Beach, and trek along The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk.

For traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Sydney trip planner.

Getting from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Sydney by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in January; daily highs in Sydney reach 82°F and lows reach 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to travel to Lord Howe Island.

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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Manly Beach
Manly Beach

2
nights
Lord Howe Island

Lord Howe Island ©
Bursting out of the Tasman Sea, Lord Howe Island offers stunning scenery and many sandy beaches.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Tue): kick back and relax at Lagoon Beach and then kick back and relax at Ned's Beach. On the 9th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the awesome beauty at Mt Gower and then stroll through Lord Howe Island Walking Trails.

To find ratings, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Lord Howe Island vacation website .

Getting from Sydney to Lord Howe Island by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Lord Howe Island

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches
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Ned's Beach ©
Ned's Beach
Lord Howe Island Walking Trails ©
Lord Howe Island Walking Trails
Mt Gower ©
Mt Gower

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