11 days in Australia Itinerary

11 days in Australia Itinerary

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11 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Chicago
Fly:  23​h
1
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Melbourne
— 2 nights
Fly + shuttle:  6​h 30​min
3
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
4
Cairns
— 2 nights
Fly:  21​h 30​min
End: Chicago

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.
Sydney is known for nightlife, trails, beaches, shopping, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, kick back and relax at Manly Beach, take a stroll through The Rocks, and admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney.

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Chicago, USA to Sydney is an approximately 23-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) (AEST) is 16 hours. In April, Sydney is a bit warmer than Chicago - with highs of 73°F and lows of 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge

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 11th (Sat), learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Melbourne Zoo, take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck, and then admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens. On your second day here, admire the natural beauty at Fitzroy Gardens, then learn about all things military at Shrine of Remembrance, and then see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Melbourne tour planning tool .

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 April, things will get little chillier in Melbourne: highs are around 68°F and lows about 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Museums Zoos & Aquariums
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Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum

2
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.
On the 13th (Mon), stop by With Sugar, then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, then get great views at Flagstaff Hill Lookout, and finally take an exotic tour of a safari tour. On the 14th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for all kinds of wild species at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, meet the residents at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

For photos, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Port Douglas online trip maker .

You can do a combination of flight and shuttle from Melbourne to Port Douglas in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Melbourne in April, expect nights in Port Douglas to be much hotter, around 71°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 85°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can catcht the bus to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Safaris

2
nights
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 15th (Wed): admire all the interesting features of The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk and then identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas. Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to Freshwater Station and then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To see traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Cairns online trip maker .

Take a bus from Port Douglas to Cairns in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In April, daytime highs in Cairns are 85°F, while nighttime lows are 72°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk
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Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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