13 days in Australia Itinerary

13 days in Australia Itinerary

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13 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Beijing
Fly:  13​h
1
Cairns
— 1 night
bus:  3​h 30​min
2
Cape Tribulation
— 1 night
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
shuttle + Fly:  7​h 30​min
4
Lord Howe Island
— 1 day
Fly:  3​h 30​min
5
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
6
Melbourne
— 3 nights
Fly:  15​h
End: Beijing

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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Thu): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Keep things going the next day: enjoy some diversion at Esplanade Lagoon Pool, then trek along Esplanade Boardwalk, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Trinity Beach.

To find photos and more tourist information, read our Cairns travel route site .

Beijing, China to Cairns is an approximately 13-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train, taxi, and flight. Traveling from Beijing to Cairns, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for much warmer temperatures traveling from Beijing in January, with highs in Cairns at 37°C and lows at 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a bus to Cape Tribulation.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trip

Trinity Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
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Esplanade Boardwalk

1
night
Cape Tribulation

Cape Tribulation
A lush headland that's part of the forested Daintree Region, Cape Tribulation was so named by Lieutenant--later Captain--Cook in 1770, when his ship ran aground in the area.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sat): kick back and relax at Cape Tribulation Beach, then stroll through Myall Beach, and then kick back and relax at Thornton Beach.

To see where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Cape Tribulation trip itinerary planning app .

You can take a bus from Cairns to Cape Tribulation in 3.5 hours. Another option is to drive. In January, daily temperatures in Cape Tribulation can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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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 20th (Sun), get interesting insight from Tours. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Mon): look for gifts at With Sugar, then relax in the rural setting at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, and then kick back and relax at Palm Cove Beach.

To find more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Port Douglas trip site .

Getting from Cape Tribulation to Port Douglas by combination of car and ferry takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Port Douglas can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) to allow time to travel to Lord Howe Island.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

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

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day
Lord Howe Island

Lord Howe Island ©
Bursting out of the Tasman Sea, Lord Howe Island offers stunning scenery and many sandy beaches.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): see the interesting displays at Lord Howe Island Museum, enjoy the sand and surf at Lagoon Beach, and then stroll through Ned's Beach.

To find other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Lord Howe Island visit planner.

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Port Douglas to Lord Howe Island in 7.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Lord Howe Island

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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Ned's Beach ©
Ned's Beach
Lord Howe Island Museum ©
Lord Howe Island Museum

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.
You'll get in some beach time at Bondi Beach and Coogee Beach. Next up on the itinerary: see a show at Sydney Opera House, don't miss a visit to Sydney Harbour Bridge, hike along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, and enjoy the sand and surf at Clovelly.

To find ratings, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read our Sydney trip itinerary maker tool .

Traveling by flight from Lord Howe Island to Sydney takes 3.5 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Sydney can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Manly Beach
Manly Beach
Coogee Beach ©
Coogee Beach

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 26th (Sat), meet the residents at Melbourne Zoo, take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck 88, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Melbourne Museum, choose your vessel at Melbourne Boat Hire, and then kick back and relax at St. Kilda Beach.

To see other places to visit, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Melbourne road trip planning website .

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Melbourne takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Sydney in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Melbourne, with lows of 17°C. You'll have a few hours on the 28th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Outdoors Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

St. Kilda Beach
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Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
St. Kilda Beach ©
St. Kilda Beach
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo

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