13 days in Australia Itinerary

13 days in Australia Itinerary

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13 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Newark
Fly:  27​h
Melbourne
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 30​min
Sydney
— 3 nights
+3
Fly + Drive + ferry + Drive:  7​h 45​min
Fraser Island
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  7​h
Caloundra
— 3 nights
Fly:  24​h
End: Newark

1
night
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Wed): admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Victoria, look for gifts at Lightning Ridge Opal Mines, and then shop like a local with Melbourne Central. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: brush up on your military savvy at Shrine of Remembrance and then see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum.

For maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Melbourne road trip planner.

Newark, USA to Melbourne is an approximately 27-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 15 hours traveling from Newark to Melbourne. Traveling from Newark in May, expect Melbourne to be a bit cooler, temps between 62°F and 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

#Museums, #Shopping, #Neighborhoods
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Melbourne Central ©
Melbourne Central
Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance
National Gallery of Victoria ©
National Gallery of Victoria

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.
On the 10th (Fri), take a stroll through Darling Harbour, browse the eclectic array of goods at Sydney Fish Market, and then wander the streets of The Rocks. On your second day here, take in the exciting artwork at Brett Whiteley Studio, tour the pleasant surroundings at Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, then enjoy the sand and surf at Bondi Beach, and finally see the grandeur of opera at Sydney Opera House.

For maps, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read Sydney vacation maker website .

Fly from Melbourne to Sydney in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Melbourne in May, things will get a bit warmer in Sydney: highs are around 70°F and lows about 53°F. On the 12th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Sydney

#Neighborhoods, #Outdoors, #Parks
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Darling Harbour
Darling Harbour
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
The Rocks ©
The Rocks

3
nights
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
Start off your visit on the 13th (Mon): take a peaceful walk through Central Station Rainforest and then explore the activities along Lake McKenzie. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Tue): kick back and relax at Seventy-Five Mile Beach, then explore and take pictures at Maheno Wreck, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Eli Creek.

To find ratings, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Fraser Island trip planning tool .

You can do a combination of flight, ferry, and car from Sydney to Fraser Island in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, car, and ferry. When traveling from Sydney in May, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Fraser Island: temperatures range from 78°F by day to 58°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Fraser Island

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Nature
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Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie

3
nights
Caloundra

Caloundra ©
Start off your visit on the 16th (Thu): view the masterpieces at Artisans Gallery, stroll through Noosa Main Beach, and then wander the streets of Hastings Street. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Queensland Air Museum, step into the grandiose world of Sunshine Castle, then view the masterpieces at Montville Art Gallery, and finally identify plant and animal life at Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve.

To see more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Caloundra trip planner .

Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Fraser Island to Caloundra takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, ferry, train, and bus; or do a combination of car, ferry, and bus. May in Caloundra sees daily highs of 74°F and lows of 55°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Caloundra

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Beaches

Side Trips

Noosa, Mooloolaba Beach, Montville Art Gallery, Sunshine Castle, Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve
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Noosa Main Beach ©
Noosa Main Beach
Mooloolaba Beach ©
Mooloolaba Beach
Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve ©
Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve

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