13 days in Australia Itinerary

13 days in Australia Itinerary

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13 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Chicago
Fly:  22​h 30​min
1
Melbourne
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
2
Perth
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h 15​min
3
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
4
Brisbane
— Few hours
Fly:  4​h
5
Cairns
— 2 nights
Fly:  22​h
End: Chicago

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 8th (Thu): see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum, then steep yourself in history at Old Melbourne Gaol, and then wander the streets of Degraves Street. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Fri): admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Victoria, then learn about all things military at Shrine of Remembrance, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens.

To see other places to visit, photos, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Melbourne tour itinerary tool .

Chicago, USA to Melbourne is an approximately 22.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Chicago to Melbourne, you'll lose 16 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Chicago in August, expect Melbourne to be colder, temps between 57°F and 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

#Museums, #Historic Sites, #Parks
Find places to stay Aug 7 — 10:
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Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum
Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance
National Gallery of Victoria ©
National Gallery of Victoria

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.
On the 10th (Sat), explore the galleries of Illusionary Art, stop by The House of Honey, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Caversham Wildlife Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Sun): see the interesting displays at Aviation Heritage Museum, then contemplate the long history of Fremantle Prison, then look for gifts at London Court, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Mary's Cathedral.

To find where to stay, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Perth online vacation maker .

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Perth takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. The time zone difference when traveling from Melbourne to Perth is minus 2 hours. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Melbourne in August: highs in Perth hover around 67°F, while lows dip to 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Perth

#Historic Sites, #Wildlife, #Parks

Side Trips

Herne Hill, Aviation Heritage Museum, Fremantle Prison, Caversham Wildlife Park
Find places to stay Aug 10 — 12:
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Fremantle Prison ©
Fremantle Prison
Caversham Wildlife Park ©
Caversham Wildlife Park
Aviation Heritage Museum ©
Aviation Heritage Museum

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Art Gallery of New South Wales and Dolphin & Whale Watching. For shopping fun, head to Sydney Fish Market or Opal Minded. The adventure continues: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, examine the collection at Australian National Maritime Museum, appreciate the extensive heritage of The Rocks, and wander the streets of Darling Harbour.

To find traveler tips, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Sydney online visit planner .

Getting from Perth to Sydney by flight takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. The time zone difference moving from Australian Western Standard Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) is 2 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Sydney can reach 66°F, while at night they dip to 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Sydney

#Neighborhoods, #Museums, #Wildlife
Find places to stay Aug 12 — 15:
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Darling Harbour
Darling Harbour

few
hours
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.
For maps, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Brisbane trip itinerary site .

You can fly from Sydney to Brisbane in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In August, daily temperatures in Brisbane can reach 71°F, while at night they dip to 50°F. On the 15th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Longreach.

Things to do in Brisbane

#Historic Sites
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2
nights
Cairns

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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Fri): take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Monica's Cathedral, then browse the eclectic array of goods at Rusty's Market, then admire the masterpieces at Cairns Art Gallery, and finally identify plant and animal life at Tablelands, Waterfalls, and Spanish Castle. On the 17th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: learn about all things military at The Australian Armour & Artillery Museum, then identify plant and animal life at Birdworld Kuranda, then look for gifts at Bones and Jones, and finally explore the galleries of Doongal Aboriginal Art.

To find more things to do, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read Cairns trip itinerary maker site .

You can fly from Brisbane to Cairns in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In August, Cairns is a bit warmer than Brisbane - with highs of 80°F and lows of 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

#Wildlife, #Parks, #Museums

Side Trips

Birdworld Kuranda, The Australian Armour & Artillery Museum
Find places to stay Aug 15 — 17:
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Birdworld Kuranda ©
Birdworld Kuranda
St Monica's Cathedral ©
St Monica's Cathedral

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