13 days in Australia Itinerary

13 days in Australia Itinerary

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13 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Lisbon
Fly:  26​h
1
Melbourne
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly + shuttle:  6​h 45​min
3
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Cairns
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h
5
Perth
— Few hours
Fly:  23​h 30​min
End: Lisbon

3
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
On the 3rd (Wed), see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum, then steep yourself in history at Old Melbourne Gaol, then make a trip to Flinders Street Station, and finally admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens. On the 4th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Melbourne Zoo, brush up on your military savvy at Shrine of Remembrance, then admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Victoria, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck 88.

For more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Melbourne trip planner .

Lisbon, Portugal to Melbourne is an approximately 26-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. You'll lose 10 hours traveling from Lisbon to Melbourne due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Lisbon in October, with highs in Melbourne at 24°C and lows at 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

#Museums, #Parks, #Historic Sites
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Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo

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, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: experience the emotional art of opera at Sydney Opera House, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, examine the collection at Australian National Maritime Museum, and snap pictures at Sydney Harbour Bridge.

For photos, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Sydney travel itinerary planner.

You can fly from Melbourne to Sydney in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Melbourne in October, with highs in Sydney at 28°C and lows at 17°C. On the 8th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Sydney

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

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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Tue): take a memorable tour with Tours.

To find photos, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Port Douglas online trip maker .

You can do a combination of flight and shuttle from Sydney to Port Douglas in 7 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and shuttle. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Sydney in October: high temperatures in Port Douglas hover around 34°C and lows are around 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

#Tours, #Outdoors, #Wildlife
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Scuba & Snorkeling

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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Wed): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On the next day, experience rural life at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, enjoy the sand and surf at Palm Cove Beach, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Gardens.

For photos, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Cairns trip maker site .

Getting from Port Douglas to Cairns by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. In October, daily temperatures in Cairns can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can travel to Perth.

Things to do in Cairns

#Outdoors, #Wildlife, #Parks

Side Trip

Palm Cove
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach

few
hours
Perth

Perth ©
A modern metropolis of glassy skyscrapers, waterside boulevards, and lush residential neighborhoods, Perth sits on the edge of the Swan Coastal Plain.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Fri): contemplate the waterfront views at Swan River and then take in nature's colorful creations at Kings Park & Botanic Garden.

To find maps, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Perth attractions planning website .

Traveling by flight from Cairns to Perth takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Cairns to Perth due to the time zone difference. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Cairns in October; daily highs in Perth reach 28°C and lows reach 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Perth

#Parks, #Nature
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Kings Park & Botanic Garden ©
Kings Park & Botanic Garden
Swan River ©
Swan River

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