13 days in Australia Itinerary

13 days in Australia Itinerary

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13 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Adelaide
Fly + shuttle:  6​h 15​min
1
Port Douglas
— 1 night
bus:  1​h 15​min
2
Cairns
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
3
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
4
Sydney
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
5
Melbourne
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
End: Brisbane

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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sun): take an exotic tour of a safari tour, stop by With Sugar, and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On the next day, identify plant and animal life at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, meet the residents at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, and then make a trip to St Mary’s by The Sea chapel.

For traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read Port Douglas itinerary builder site .

Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam to Port Douglas is an approximately 13-hour combination of flight and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Bandar Seri Begawan to Port Douglas. Expect little chillier evenings in Port Douglas when traveling from Bandar Seri Begawan in October, with lows around 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) to allow time to take a bus to Cairns.

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
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 8th (Tue): take in the exciting artwork at Village Gallery and then identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas. On your second day here, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour and then hike along Esplanade Boardwalk.

For other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, use the Cairns vacation app .

Getting from Port Douglas to Cairns by bus takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a shuttle. In October, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

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

2
nights
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park ©
For quintessential Outback scenery and culture, you can't beat a holiday in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, a World Heritage Site.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Thu): explore the galleries of Walkatjara Art, make a trip to Uluru, contemplate the waterfront views at Mutitjulu Waterhole, then make a trip to Uluru, and finally trek along Kuniya Walk. Here are some ideas for day two: take an in-depth tour of Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga, and then appreciate the views at Valley of the Winds.

To see maps, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park tour itinerary builder site .

Fly from Cairns to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. When traveling from Cairns in October, plan for somewhat warmer days and little chillier nights in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park: temperatures range from 38°C by day to 18°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Museums
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Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga ©
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga
Valley of the Winds ©
Valley of the Winds

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.
Sydney is known for nightlife, trails, beaches, shopping, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Sydney Opera House, see the interesting displays at Australian National Maritime Museum, observe the fascinating underwater world at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, and explore the striking landscape at Mrs Macquarie's Chair.

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You can fly from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Sydney in 5.5 hours. Another option is to drive. When traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in October, plan for slightly colder days in Sydney, with highs around 28°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can 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

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Take a break from Melbourne with a short trip to The Great Ocean Road in Torquay, about 1h 20 min away. Next up on the itinerary: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck, and examine the collection at Melbourne Museum.

For ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Melbourne road trip planning website .

You can fly from Sydney to Melbourne in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Sydney in October; daily highs in Melbourne reach 24°C and lows reach 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Tours Scenic Drive

Side Trip

The Great Ocean Road
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Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum

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