11 days in Australia Itinerary

11 days in Australia Itinerary

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11 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Wellington
Fly:  6​h 15​min
1
Melbourne
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
2
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
3
Cairns
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
4
Port Douglas
— 1 night
shuttle + Fly:  6​h 45​min
5
Sydney
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
End: Wellington

2
nights
Melbourne

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Melbourne is known for museums, shopping, parks, nightlife, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, examine the collection at Melbourne Museum, have some family-friendly fun at Zero Latency, and enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck.

To see traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read Melbourne trip planner .

Wellington, New Zealand to Melbourne is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from New Zealand Standard Time (NZST) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Victoria) (AEST), which is usually a -2 hour difference. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Wellington in January: highs in Melbourne hover around 32°C, while lows dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Melbourne

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

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sat): trek along Kuniya Walk, then explore the activities along Mutitjulu Waterhole, then take in the dramatic natural features at Uluru, and finally trek along Uluru Hiking Path. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: browse the exhibits of Walkatjara Art, then take in the awesome beauty at Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga, and then admire the verdant scenery at Valley of the Winds.

To find photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park road trip planner .

You can fly from Melbourne to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Melbourne in January, expect Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to be a bit warmer, temps between 43°C and 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Trails
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Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga ©
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga
Valley of the Winds ©
Valley of the Winds

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 6th (Mon): take in the waterfront at The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: hike along Esplanade Boardwalk and then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

For reviews, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Cairns online travel route planner .

You can fly from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Cairns in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in January, expect nights in Cairns to be about the same, around 28°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 37°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to take a bus to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk

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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Wed): see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, get outside with Horses in Port, and then get interesting insight from Tours.

To find more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Port Douglas trip planner .

You can take a bus from Cairns to Port Douglas in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a shuttle. In January, daytime highs in Port Douglas are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Horses in Port ©
Horses in Port

2
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: stroll through Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, snap pictures at Sydney Harbour Bridge, admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, and see a show at Sydney Opera House.

To see where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Sydney attractions planning tool .

You can 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. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Port Douglas in January, with highs in Sydney at 32°C and lows at 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Manly Beach
Manly Beach

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