13 days in Australia Itinerary

13 days in Australia Itinerary

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13 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Los Angeles
Fly:  16​h
1
Brisbane
— 2 nights
2
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly + taxi:  5​h 30​min
3
Kangaroo Island
— 1 night
+2
taxi + Fly + shuttle:  9​h 30​min
4
Port Douglas
— 1 night
5
Cairns
— 3 nights
Fly:  16​h 45​min
End: Los Angeles

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.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in nature's colorful creations at Roma Street Parkland and then enjoy some diversion at South Bank Parklands.

To see ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Brisbane trip planner .

Los Angeles, USA to Brisbane is an approximately 16-hour flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) (AEST) is 18 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Los Angeles in March, with highs in Brisbane at 82°F and lows at 68°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Brisbane

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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

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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, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Sydney Opera House, tour the pleasant surroundings at Manly Beach, take in the views from Sydney Harbour Bridge, and hike along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk.

To see photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Sydney holiday planner.

You can fly from Brisbane to Sydney in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. March in Sydney sees daily highs of 79°F and lows of 66°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) so you can travel to Kangaroo Island.

Things to do in Sydney

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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
The Royal Botanic Garden ©
The Royal Botanic Garden

1
night
Kangaroo Island

Kangaroo Island ©
Abandoned by Aborigines a few thousand years ago, Kangaroo Island attracts over 140,000 visitors each year.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): identify plant and animal life at Flinders Chase National Park.

To see reviews, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Kangaroo Island online attractions planner .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Sydney to Kangaroo Island in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, bus, ferry, and taxi. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Kangaroo Island

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Flinders Chase National Park ©
Flinders Chase National Park

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.
On the 23rd (Sat), see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Sun): stop by With Sugar, meet the residents at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, then relax in the rural setting at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, and finally explore the galleries of Des Spencer Galleries.

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

You can do a combination of taxi, flight, and shuttle from Kangaroo Island to Port Douglas in 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry. In March, daily temperatures in Port Douglas can reach 87°F, while at night they dip to 74°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to drive 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
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas ©
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas

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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.
Spend the 25th (Mon) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 26th (Tue) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's lots more to do: hike along Esplanade Boardwalk, enjoy some diversion at Esplanade Lagoon Pool, and cruise along Captain Cook Highway.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Cairns road trip planner.

Getting from Port Douglas to Cairns by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a shuttle. In March, daytime highs in Cairns are 87°F, while nighttime lows are 74°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

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Scuba & Snorkeling
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk

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