11 days in Australia Itinerary

11 days in Australia Itinerary

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11 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Chennai
Fly:  13​h 15​min
1
Cairns
— 1 night
bus:  1​h 15​min
2
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
shuttle + Fly:  5​h 45​min
3
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 45​min
4
Melbourne
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 30​min
5
Sydney
— 2 nights
Fly:  16​h 15​min
End: Chennai

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 9th (Thu): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Keep things going the next day: hike along Esplanade Boardwalk, enjoy some diversion at Muddy's Playground, and then have fun at Esplanade Lagoon Pool.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Cairns trip builder .

Chennai, India to Cairns is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train, taxi, and flight. The time zone changes from India Standard Time (IST) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) (AEST), which is usually a 4 hour difference. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Chennai in May; daily highs in Cairns reach 32°C and lows reach 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can drive to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

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Scuba & Snorkeling
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk
Esplanade Lagoon Pool ©
Esplanade Lagoon Pool

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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sat): take a memorable tour with Tours. On the next day, experience rural life at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, meet the residents at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, and then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

For other places to visit, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read Port Douglas day trip planning site .

Traveling by car from Cairns to Port Douglas takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. In May in Port Douglas, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

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

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Mon): stroll through Uluru Hiking Path, explore the striking landscape at Uluru, then explore the activities along Mutitjulu Waterhole, and finally trek along Kuniya Walk. On the 14th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: view the masterpieces at Walkatjara Art, then get engrossed in the history at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, then explore the striking landscape at Kata Tjuta, and finally head outdoors with Walpa Gorge.

For more things to do, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park online trip maker .

Do a combination of shuttle and flight from Port Douglas to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In May, Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is slightly colder than Port Douglas - with highs of 28°C and lows of 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga ©
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga
Kuniya Walk ©
Kuniya Walk

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night
Melbourne

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Wed): see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum, then meet the residents at Melbourne Zoo, and then get your game on at Zero Latency. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck 88, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens.

For other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Melbourne online itinerary planner .

You can fly from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Melbourne in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in May, with highs in Melbourne at 20°C and lows at 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Tours Outdoors
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Balloon Rides
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum

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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 17th (Fri): admire the striking features of Sydney Opera House, tour the pleasant surroundings at The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk, then enjoy the sand and surf at Bondi Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Clovelly, and finally don't miss a visit to Sydney Harbour Bridge.

For traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, use the Sydney vacation builder app .

Fly from Melbourne to Sydney in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Melbourne in May, with highs in Sydney at 24°C and lows at 14°C. On the 18th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach

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