10 days in Australia Itinerary

10 days in Australia Itinerary

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10 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Fly:  17​h 30​min
1
Lord Howe Island
— 1 day
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Sydney
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Melbourne
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
4
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 1 night
Fly + shuttle:  5​h 45​min
5
Port Douglas
— 1 day
bus:  1​h 15​min
6
Cairns
— 1 night
Fly:  18​h 45​min
End: San Francisco

1
day
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 7th (Thu): take in the awesome beauty at Mt Gower, kick back and relax at Lagoon Beach, then get a new perspective on nature at Lord Howe Island Museum, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Ned's Beach.

To find reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Lord Howe Island trip builder tool .

San Francisco, USA to Lord Howe Island is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of subway and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Lord Howe Standard Time (LHST) is 18 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Lord Howe Island

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Ned's Beach ©
Ned's Beach
Lagoon Beach ©
Lagoon Beach
Mt Gower ©
Mt Gower

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.
On the 8th (Fri), wander the streets of The Rocks, then admire the landmark architecture of Sydney Opera House, then examine the collection at Australian National Maritime Museum, and finally kick back and relax at Bondi Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the world behind art at Art Gallery of New South Wales, stroll through Manly Beach, and then take a stroll through Darling Harbour.

To see reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Sydney trip planner.

Fly from Lord Howe Island to Sydney in 3.5 hours. In March in Sydney, expect temperatures between 79°F during the day and 66°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Darling Harbour ©
Darling Harbour

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 10th (Sun), see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum, then examine the collection at National Sports Museum, then examine the collection at The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia, and finally examine the collection at Federation Square. Keep things going the next day: get engrossed in the history at Immigration Museum, explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Victoria, then learn about all things military at Shrine of Remembrance, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens.

For photos, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Melbourne trip planner .

You can fly from Sydney to Melbourne in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Sydney in March, plan for slightly colder nights in Melbourne, with lows around 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums Parks Shopping
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Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum
National Gallery of Victoria ©
National Gallery of Victoria

1
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Tue): trek along Kuniya Walk, explore the activities along Mutitjulu Waterhole, take in the dramatic natural features at Uluru, take in the exciting artwork at Walkatjara Art, then take an in-depth tour of Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, and finally trek along Uluru Hiking Path.

For more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park holiday planner .

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Melbourne in March: high temperatures in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park hover around 95°F and lows are around 70°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

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Uluru ©
Uluru
Kuniya Walk ©
Kuniya Walk
Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre ©
Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre

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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 13th (Wed): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see photos, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, go to the Port Douglas holiday tool .

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Port Douglas takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in March: highs in Port Douglas hover around 87°F, while lows dip to 74°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to drive to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Scuba & Snorkeling

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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Thu): take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find more things to do, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read our Cairns sightseeing planning app .

You can drive from Port Douglas to Cairns in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a shuttle. In March, daily temperatures in Cairns can reach 87°F, while at night they dip to 74°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Scuba & Snorkeling

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