13 days in Australia Itinerary

13 days in Australia Itinerary

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13 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  4​h 15​min
1
Brisbane
— 2 nights
Fly + shuttle:  6​h
2
Port Douglas
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
3
Cairns
— 4 nights
+3
Fly + foot + bus + ferry:  4​h 15​min
4
Magnetic Island
— 2 nights
+3
ferry + bus + foot + Fly:  6​h 30​min
End: Melbourne

2
nights
Brisbane

Brisbane ©
Queensland’s biggest town and state capital, Brisbane has an attractive, manicured image based around its riverside aesthetic as well as the contrast between its high-rise center and extensive urban greenery.
Brisbane is known for parks, wildlife, museums, nightlife, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: let the kids burn off some steam at South Bank Parklands, look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, get great views at Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt. Coot-tha, and get your game on at Zoccer Sports - Bubble Soccer.

For other places to visit, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Brisbane attractions planning app .

Melbourne to Brisbane is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from Melbourne in July, expect Brisbane to be a bit warmer, temps between 24°C and 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) early enough to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Fun & Games Wildlife
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South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Mount Coot-tha Lookout ©
Mount Coot-tha Lookout

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 2nd (Fri) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 4th (Sun) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, look for gifts at With Sugar, enjoy the sand and surf at Four Mile Beach, and head outdoors with Port Douglas Microlights.

To see reviews, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Port Douglas trip planner .

You can do a combination of flight and shuttle from Brisbane to Port Douglas in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle; or drive. In August, Port Douglas is a bit warmer than Brisbane - with highs of 31°C and lows of 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) early enough to catcht the bus to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Safaris

4
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.
Step out of Cairns with an excursion to Palm Cove Beach in Palm Cove--about 32 minutes away. Spend the 6th (Tue) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 8th (Thu) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. The adventure continues: hike along Esplanade Boardwalk, take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, let little ones run wild at Muddy's Playground, and take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Gardens.

For photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Cairns trip itinerary maker app .

You can take a bus from Port Douglas to Cairns in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In August, daytime highs in Cairns are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to travel to Magnetic Island.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Palm Cove Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk
Nature & Wildlife Tours

2
nights
Magnetic Island

Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sat): look for all kinds of wild species at Nelly Bay to Arcadia Trail, enjoy the sand and surf at Geoffrey Bay, and then head off the coast to Magnetic Island Forts Walk. On the 11th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get engrossed in the history at Magnetic Island Museum and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find ratings, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read our Magnetic Island trip maker tool .

Traveling by combination of flight and ferry from Cairns to Magnetic Island takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Traveling from Cairns in August, plan for a bit cooler nights in Magnetic Island, with lows around 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Magnetic Island

Wildlife Parks Outdoors
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Fishing Charters & Tours
Geoffrey Bay ©
Geoffrey Bay

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