10 days in Australia Itinerary

10 days in Australia Itinerary

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10 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Chicago
Fly:  22​h 45​min
1
Brisbane
— 1 day
Fly:  3​h 45​min
2
Sydney
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Melbourne
— 2 nights
Fly + shuttle:  6​h 30​min
4
Port Douglas
— 1 night
bus:  1​h 15​min
5
Cairns
— 1 night
Fly:  21​h 30​min
End: Chicago

1
day
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 10th (Sun), get great views at Mount Coot-tha Lookout and then look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary.

To see maps, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read Brisbane online sightseeing planner .

Chicago, USA to Brisbane is an approximately 23-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight, bus, and train. You'll lose 16 hours traveling from Chicago to Brisbane due to the time zone difference. Plan for much warmer temperatures traveling from Chicago in March, with highs in Brisbane at 82°F and lows at 68°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Brisbane

Wildlife Parks
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Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Mount Coot-tha Lookout ©
Mount Coot-tha Lookout

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Mon): meet the residents at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, then take in the views from Sydney Harbour Bridge, then kick back and relax at Bondi Beach, and finally stroll through Clovelly. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Tue): examine the collection at Hyde Park Barracks Museum, appreciate the extensive heritage of The Rocks, then admire the striking features of Sydney Opera House, and finally admire the natural beauty at The Royal Botanic Garden.

To see maps, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, use the Sydney driving holiday planner.

Getting from Brisbane to Sydney by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In March in Sydney, expect temperatures between 79°F during the day and 66°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Neighborhoods Outdoors
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Sea Life Sydney Aquarium ©
Sea Life Sydney Aquarium
Clovelly Beach ©
Clovelly Beach

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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Wed): steep yourself in history at Old Melbourne Gaol, take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck 88, then take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at German Lutheran Trinity Church. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Melbourne Zoo, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Fitzroy Gardens.

For ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Melbourne online day trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Melbourne takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Sydney in March, Melbourne is slightly colder at night with lows of 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Historic Sites
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Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum
Eureka Skydeck ©
Eureka Skydeck

1
night
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.
On the 15th (Fri), identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas. Here are some ideas for day two: experience rural life at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, tour the pleasant surroundings at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

To see ratings, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read our Port Douglas journey builder website .

Getting from Melbourne to Port Douglas by combination of flight and shuttle takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In March, Port Douglas is a bit warmer than Melbourne - with highs of 87°F and lows of 74°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas ©
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

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 17th (Sun): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For reviews, maps, and tourist information, go to the Cairns trip itinerary tool .

Drive from Port Douglas to Cairns in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. In March, daytime highs in Cairns are 87°F, while nighttime lows are 74°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
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Scuba & Snorkeling

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