13 days in Australia Itinerary

13 days in Australia Itinerary

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13 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Bengaluru
Fly:  16​h 45​min
1
Cairns
— 1 night
bus:  1​h 15​min
2
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
shuttle + Fly:  5​h 45​min
3
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
4
Melbourne
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
5
Sydney
— 4 nights
Fly:  16​h 30​min
End: Bengaluru

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sun): pause for some serene contemplation at St Monica's Cathedral and then trek along Esplanade Boardwalk. On your second day here, explore the galleries of Village Gallery and then take a memorable tour with Tours.

To see reviews, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read our Cairns road trip planning tool .

Bengaluru, India to Cairns is an approximately 17-hour flight. Traveling from Bengaluru to Cairns, you'll lose 4 hours due to the time zone difference. In September in Cairns, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 22°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can catcht the bus to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Village Gallery
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk
St Monica's Cathedral ©
St Monica's Cathedral

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.
On the 1st (Tue), look for all kinds of wild species at Opal Reef, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then stop by Coffee Works Port Douglas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: identify plant and animal life at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, and then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas.

To find ratings, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Port Douglas day trip planner .

You can take a bus from Cairns to Port Douglas in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a shuttle. September in Port Douglas sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 22°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Parks Tours

Side Trip

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

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 3rd (Thu): take in the awesome beauty at Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga, then explore the striking landscape at Uluru, then take some stellar pictures from Uluru, and finally trek along Kuniya Walk. On your second day here, go for a walk through Lungkata Walk and then appreciate the views at Valley of the Winds.

For other places to visit, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read our Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip itinerary planning website .

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Port Douglas to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 6 hours. Another option is to drive. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Port Douglas in October: highs in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park hover around 38°C, while lows dip to 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

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

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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sat): examine the collection at Melbourne Museum, contemplate the long history of Shrine of Remembrance, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens. Keep things going the next day: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Melbourne Zoo, then explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Victoria, and then take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck.

To see more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Melbourne trip itinerary planner .

You can fly from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Melbourne in 5 hours. Another option is to drive. When traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in October, plan for much colder days in Melbourne, with highs around 24°C, while nights are slightly colder with lows around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can travel to Sydney.

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

4
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: see a show at Sydney Opera House, kick back and relax at Bondi Beach, browse the eclectic array of goods at Sydney Fish Market, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk.

To find where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Sydney trip planning site .

Getting from Melbourne to Sydney by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. In October, Sydney is a bit warmer than Melbourne - with highs of 28°C and lows of 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Neighborhoods Museums
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge

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