13 days in Australia Itinerary

13 days in Australia Itinerary

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13 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  23​h 15​min
1
Cairns
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
2
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
shuttle + Fly:  6​h 45​min
3
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
4
Melbourne
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
5
Perth
— 2 nights
Fly:  19​h 45​min
End: London

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 17th (Tue): take a leisurely stroll along The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports. On your second day here, take a memorable tour with Tours and then hike along Esplanade Boardwalk.

To find more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Cairns day trip website .

London, UK to Cairns is an approximately 23.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from London to Cairns is 10 hours. In September, Cairns is a bit warmer than London - with highs of 33°C and lows of 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough 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
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Thu): identify plant and animal life at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, and then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Fri): stop by With Sugar and then take a memorable tour with Tours.

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Traveling by bus from Cairns to Port Douglas takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In September, daytime highs in Port Douglas are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to travel to Sydney.

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

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: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, wander the streets of Darling Harbour, browse the eclectic array of goods at Sydney Fish Market, and see the interesting displays at Australian National Maritime Museum.

For where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read Sydney day trip planning app .

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Port Douglas to Sydney takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Port Douglas in September: high temperatures in Sydney hover around 25°C and lows are around 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) 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

2
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 24th (Tue), examine the collection at Melbourne Museum, brush up on your military savvy at Shrine of Remembrance, and then admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Wed): admire nature's wide array of creatures at Melbourne Zoo, then explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Victoria, and then enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck.

For ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read our Melbourne trip planner .

You can fly from Sydney to Melbourne in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Sydney in September, things will get a bit cooler in Melbourne: highs are around 20°C and lows about 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can travel to Perth.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums Parks Zoos & Aquariums
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Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo

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Perth

Perth ©
A modern metropolis of glassy skyscrapers, waterside boulevards, and lush residential neighborhoods, Perth sits on the edge of the Swan Coastal Plain.
On the 26th (Thu), steep yourself in history at Fremantle Prison, pause for some photo ops at State War Memorial, and then walk around Kings Park and Botanic Garden.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Perth driving holiday planner .

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Perth takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Melbourne to Perth. Traveling from Melbourne in September, you will find days in Perth are somewhat warmer (24°C), and nights are about the same (9°C). You'll set off for home on the 27th (Fri).

Things to do in Perth

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Fremantle Prison
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Fremantle Prison ©
Fremantle Prison
Kings Park and Botanic Garden ©
Kings Park and Botanic Garden
State War Memorial ©
State War Memorial

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