11 days in Melbourne, Port Douglas & Sydney Itinerary

11 days in Melbourne, Port Douglas & Sydney Itinerary

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11 days in Melbourne, Port Douglas & Sydney Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  25​h
1
Melbourne
— 1 night
Fly + shuttle:  6​h 30​min
2
Port Douglas
— 3 nights
shuttle + Fly:  6​h 45​min
3
Sydney
— 2 nights
Fly:  24​h
End: London

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 26th (Wed): admire nature's wide array of creatures at Melbourne Zoo, then examine the collection at Melbourne Museum, and then admire the natural beauty at Fitzroy Gardens. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Thu): make a trip to Flinders Street Station, then admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Victoria, then admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck 88.

To find more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Melbourne trip website .

London, UK to Melbourne is an approximately 25-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Victoria) is 10 hours. When traveling from London in December, plan for much warmer days in Melbourne, with highs around 30°C, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough 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

3
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.
Spend the 28th (Fri) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 29th (Sat) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. And it doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, and choose your vessel at Shaolin Junk Cruises.

To find traveler tips, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Port Douglas trip planner .

Getting from Melbourne to Port Douglas by combination of flight and shuttle takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Melbourne in December; daily highs in Port Douglas reach 36°C and lows reach 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, Shaolin Junk Cruises
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

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 31st (Mon), explore the world behind art at Art Gallery of New South Wales, kick back and relax at Bondi Beach, then take in nature's colorful creations at The Royal Botanic Garden, and finally take a stroll through The Rocks. On the next day, see a show at Sydney Opera House, hike along The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk, then snap pictures at Sydney Harbour Bridge, and finally take a stroll through Darling Harbour.

To find photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Sydney trip planner .

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Port Douglas to Sydney in 7 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Port Douglas in December; daily highs in Sydney reach 32°C and lows reach 21°C. On the 2nd (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Neighborhoods Outdoors
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Darling Harbour ©
Darling Harbour
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney ©
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney
The Rocks ©
The Rocks

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