11 days in Australia Itinerary

11 days in Australia Itinerary

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11 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Phoenix
Fly:  20​h
1
Cairns
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
2
Melbourne
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Sydney
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
4
Gold Coast
— 2 nights
+2
train + foot + Fly:  20​h 30​min
End: Phoenix

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Agincourt Reef and Muddy's Playground. Go for a jaunt from Cairns to Kuranda to see Australian Butterfly Sanctuary about 36 minutes away. Spend the 6th (Wed) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's more to do: soar above the sights with a balloon tour and look for gifts at Australian Leather Company.

To find ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, use the Cairns road trip app .

Phoenix, USA to Cairns is an approximately 20-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) (AEST) is 17 hours. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Phoenix in November; daily highs in Cairns reach 87°F and lows reach 72°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, Agincourt Reef
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Agincourt Reef ©
Agincourt Reef
Australian Butterfly Sanctuary ©
Australian Butterfly Sanctuary

1
night
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Sat): test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, make a trip to Southbank, then take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck 88, and finally get the lay of the land with Royal Botanic Gardens. On the 10th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Melbourne Museum, tour the pleasant surroundings at Melbourne Zoo, and then admire the natural beauty at Fitzroy Gardens.

For reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Melbourne online route planner .

Traveling by flight from Cairns to Melbourne takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Cairns in November, expect nights in Melbourne to be colder, around 50°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 73°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Museums
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Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Southbank ©
Southbank
Room Escape Games

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.
On the 11th (Mon), wander the streets of Darling Harbour, then see a show at Sydney Opera House, then steep yourself in history at St. Mary's Cathedral, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Tue): take a stroll through The Rocks, get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour, then snap pictures at Sydney Harbour Bridge, and finally kick back and relax at Bondi Beach.

For photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Sydney online trip builder .

You can fly from Melbourne to Sydney in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Traveling from Melbourne in November, expect a bit warmer with lows of 62°F in Sydney. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Sydney

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Parks
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Speed Boats Tours
St. Mary's Cathedral ©
St. Mary's Cathedral

2
nights
Gold Coast

Gold Coast ©
A city of towering skyscrapers, sandy beaches, and tree-lined streets, Gold Coast has an unpretentious air complemented by a citywide focus on sports and the arts.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at Coolangatta Beach, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Burleigh Heads Beach, and then enjoy breathtaking views from SkyPoint Climb. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Natural Bridge.

To see photos, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read Gold Coast visit planner .

Fly from Sydney to Gold Coast in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In November, plan for daily highs up to 79°F, and evening lows to 64°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Coolangatta Beach ©
Coolangatta Beach
SkyPoint Climb ©
SkyPoint Climb

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