10 days in Australia Itinerary

10 days in Australia Itinerary

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10 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Kuala Lumpur
Fly:  9​h 45​min
1
Cairns
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Port Douglas
— 3 nights
shuttle + Fly:  6​h 45​min
3
Sydney
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 30​min
4
Melbourne
— 3 nights
Fly:  10​h 45​min
End: Kuala Lumpur

1
day
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 25th (Fri): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Cairns route tool .

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Cairns is an approximately 10-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Kuala Lumpur to Cairns, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Kuala Lumpur in October, with highs in Cairns at 34°C and lows at 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
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Scuba & Snorkeling

3
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.
Attractions like Scuba & Snorkeling and Hartley's Crocodile Adventures make great kid-friendly stops. Spend the 27th (Sun) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. There's more to do: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas and don't miss a visit to St Mary’s by The Sea chapel.

For other places to visit, photos, maps, and more tourist information, use the Port Douglas online trip maker .

Traveling by car from Cairns to Port Douglas takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. October in Port Douglas sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 23°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

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

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Tue): see a show at Sydney Opera House, admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, then kick back and relax at Bondi Beach, and finally get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium. On the 30th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a stroll through The Rocks, take in the views from Sydney Harbour Bridge, and then wander the streets of Darling Harbour.

For ratings, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read Sydney travel planning site .

Do a combination of shuttle and flight from Port Douglas to Sydney in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Port Douglas in October, things will get slightly colder in Sydney: highs are around 28°C and lows about 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Neighborhoods Parks Historic Sites
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Sea Life Sydney Aquarium ©
Sea Life Sydney Aquarium
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney ©
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney

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.
Attractions like Royal Botanic Gardens and Melbourne Zoo make great kid-friendly stops. There's much more to do: examine the collection at Melbourne Museum, admire the striking features of Royal Exhibition Building, contemplate the long history of Parliament House of Victoria, and take in nature's colorful creations at Fitzroy Gardens.

To find other places to visit, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read our Melbourne road trip tool .

You can fly from Sydney to Melbourne in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Sydney in October: high temperatures in Melbourne hover around 24°C and lows are around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Museums Historic Sites
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Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum

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