13 days in Australia Itinerary

13 days in Australia Itinerary

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13 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Kolkata (Calcutta)
Fly:  15​h 30​min
1
Cairns
— 1 night
bus:  1​h 15​min
2
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
shuttle + Fly:  6​h
3
Gold Coast
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
4
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
5
Melbourne
— 3 nights
Fly:  15​h 45​min
End: Kolkata (Calcutta)

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 23rd (Mon): take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Monica's Cathedral and then trek along Esplanade Boardwalk. Keep things going the next day: take a leisurely stroll along The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Cairns driving holiday planner .

Kolkata (Calcutta), India to Cairns is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. You'll lose 4 hours traveling from Kolkata (Calcutta) to Cairns due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Kolkata (Calcutta) in December, with highs in Cairns at 36°C and lows at 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) to allow enough time 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
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk

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.
On the 25th (Wed), learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, look for gifts at With Sugar, and then take a memorable tour with Tours. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Thu): get great views at Flagstaff Hill Lookout, look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, and then admire all the interesting features of Hartley's Crocodile Adventures.

For traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Port Douglas road trip planner .

Take a bus from Cairns to Port Douglas in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In December in Port Douglas, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 26°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to travel to Gold Coast.

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
Safaris

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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Fri): admire the natural beauty at City Botanic Gardens and then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Sea World Theme Park. On the next day, find something for the whole family at Warner Bros. Movie World, find something for the whole family at Infinity Attraction, and then stroll through Burleigh Heads Beach.

Plan a Gold Coast trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

Do a combination of shuttle and flight from Port Douglas to Gold Coast in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and train; or drive. In December, Gold Coast is little chillier than Port Douglas - with highs of 32°C and lows of 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Theme Parks Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

City Botanic Gardens
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Sea World Theme Park ©
Sea World Theme Park
Warner Bros. Movie World
Warner Bros. Movie World
City Botanic Gardens ©
City Botanic Gardens

3
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: see a show at Sydney Opera House, take in the dramatic natural features at Mrs Macquarie's Chair, stroll through Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, and snap pictures at Sydney Harbour Bridge.

For where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Sydney day trip website .

You can fly from Gold Coast to Sydney in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In December, daily temperatures in Sydney can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Neighborhoods Outdoors
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge

3
nights
Melbourne

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
On the 1st (Wed), take a memorable tour with Tours, take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens. On the 2nd (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum, then take in nature's colorful creations at Melbourne Zoo, and then don't miss a visit to Flinders Street Station.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Melbourne visit planning tool .

Getting from Sydney to Melbourne by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Sydney in December since evenings lows in Melbourne dip to 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Tours Outdoors
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Balloon Rides
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo

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