11 days in Australia Itinerary

11 days in Australia Itinerary

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11 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Auckland
Fly:  6​h
1
Cairns
— Few hours
bus:  1​h 15​min
2
Port Douglas
— 1 night
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  8​h
3
Angaston
— 1 day
Drive + Fly:  5​h
4
Melbourne
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
5
Lord Howe Island
— 1 day
Fly:  3​h 30​min
6
Sydney
— 4 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
End: Auckland

few
hours
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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): kick back and relax at Yorkeys Knob Beach and then enjoy the sand and surf at Trinity Beach.

For photos, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Cairns online route planner .

Auckland Central, New Zealand to Cairns is an approximately 6-hour flight. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Auckland Central to Cairns due to the time zone difference. Expect warmer weather when traveling from Auckland Central in December: highs in Cairns hover around 36°C, while lows dip to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to drive to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Yorkeys Knob Beach, Trinity Beach
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Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
Yorkeys Knob Beach ©
Yorkeys Knob Beach

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 23rd (Sun), discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see traveler tips, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Port Douglas trip planner .

Drive from Cairns to Port Douglas in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. In December, daily temperatures in Port Douglas can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) to allow time to travel to Angaston.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
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Scuba & Snorkeling

1
day
Angaston

Angaston ©
Angaston is a town on the eastern side of the Barossa Valley in South Australia, 77 km northeast of Adelaide. Start off your visit on the 24th (Mon): stop by Barossa Valley Cheese Company, look for gifts at Maggie Beer's Farm Shop, do a tasting at Murray Street Vineyards, then do a tasting at Thorn-Clarke Wines, and finally look for gifts at Doddridge Blacksmith Shop.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, use the Angaston online travel planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Port Douglas to Angaston. Traveling from Port Douglas in December, things will get little chillier in Angaston: highs are around 33°C and lows about 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Angaston

Shopping Wineries

Side Trips

Maggie Beer's Farm Shop, Murray Street Vineyards
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Thorn-Clarke Wines ©
Thorn-Clarke Wines
Murray Street Vineyards ©
Murray Street Vineyards
Barossa Valley Cheese Company ©
Barossa Valley Cheese Company

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nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
National Gallery of Victoria and Melbourne Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Shop till you drop at Melbourne Central and Collins St/Swanston St. Next up on the itinerary: brush up on your military savvy at Shrine of Remembrance, take a stroll through Degraves Street, admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, and look for gifts at The Australian Natural Soap.

For more things to do, photos, maps, and tourist information, read Melbourne trip planner .

Explore your travel options from Angaston to Melbourne with the Route module. While traveling from Angaston, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Melbourne, ranging from highs of 30°C to lows of 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to travel to Lord Howe Island.

Things to do in Melbourne

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

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 28th (Fri): stroll through Lagoon Beach and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Ned's Beach.

For more things to do, photos, maps, and other tourist information, use the Lord Howe Island itinerary planner.

You can fly from Melbourne to Lord Howe Island in 5.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Lord Howe Island

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

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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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at The Rocks and Sydney Opera House. Head to Sydney Fish Market and Volle Jewelleryfor some retail therapy. There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Bondi Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Manly Beach, trek along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, and examine the collection at Australian National Maritime Museum.

To find photos, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read Sydney online tour itinerary planner .

Traveling by flight from Lord Howe Island to Sydney takes 3.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in December, and nighttime lows around 21°C. On the 1st (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

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

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