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
Fly:  4​h 45​min
2
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
3
Melbourne
— 1 night
Fly + train:  6​h
4
Katoomba
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Sydney
— 4 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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Thu): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: view the masterpieces at Doongal Aboriginal Art, explore the galleries of Underart Gallery, then get into the urban bustle at Tanks Arts Centre, then take in the exciting artwork at Village Gallery, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Palm Cove Beach.

To see photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Cairns online trip itinerary planner .

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. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Beijing to Cairns due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Beijing in January, expect Cairns to be much warmer, temps between 37°C and 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Adventure

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Tanks Arts Centre
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach
Tanks Arts Centre ©
Tanks Arts Centre

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 19th (Sat): explore and take pictures at Uluru, contemplate the waterfront views at Mutitjulu Waterhole, tour the pleasant surroundings at Kuniya Walk, take in the exciting artwork at Walkatjara Art, then get your bearings at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, and finally hike along Uluru Hiking Path. On the 20th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: head outdoors with Walpa Gorge, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Kata Tjuta, and then appreciate the views at Valley of the Winds.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by flight from Cairns to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Cairns in January, you will find days in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park are somewhat warmer (43°C), and nights are about the same (26°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Walkatjara Art ©
Walkatjara Art
Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta ©
Kata Tjuta

1
night
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Mon): stop by Lightning Ridge Opal Mines, take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, then take an in-depth tour of Shrine of Remembrance, and finally wander the streets of Melbourne Central. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue): examine the collection at Melbourne Museum, then contemplate the long history of Old Melbourne Gaol, then wander the streets of Degraves Street, and finally browse the different shops at Emporium Melbourne.

For photos, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Melbourne visit website .

You can fly from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Melbourne in 5 hours. Another option is to drive. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in January: high temperatures in Melbourne hover around 32°C and lows are around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can travel to Katoomba.

Things to do in Melbourne

Shopping Neighborhoods Historic Sites
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Melbourne Central ©
Melbourne Central
Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance
Old Melbourne Gaol ©
Old Melbourne Gaol

1
night
Katoomba

Katoomba ©
Located off of the Great Western Highway, Katoomba is the main hub of the City of Blue Mountains.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Wed): browse the different shops at Leura Mall, stop by Teddy Sinclair, explore the activities along Wentworth Falls Lake, then take in the exciting artwork at Falls Gallery, and finally get to know the fascinating history of The National Pass. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the exciting artwork at Gallery One88, explore the galleries of Lost Bear Gallery, admire the sheer force of Wentworth Falls, explore the world behind art at Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum, then take in the exciting artwork at Blue Mountains Cultural Centre, and finally pick up a one of a kind souvenir at Katoomba Antique Centre.

To find reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Katoomba trip planning tool .

You can do a combination of flight and train from Melbourne to Katoomba in 6 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Traveling from Melbourne in January, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Katoomba, with lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Sydney.

Things to do in Katoomba

Shopping Museums Parks

Side Trips

Wentworth Falls, Leura, Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum, The National Pass
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Lost Bear Gallery ©
Lost Bear Gallery
Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum ©
Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum
Falls Gallery ©
Falls Gallery

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.
Relax by the water at Bondi Beach and Coogee Beach. Head to Sydney Fish Market and Brett Whiteley Studiofor plenty of shopping. Next up on the itinerary: take a stroll through The Rocks, enjoy the sand and surf at Manly Beach, trek along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, and examine the collection at Australian National Maritime Museum.

For more things to do, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Sydney trip planner .

Drive from Katoomba to Sydney in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In January, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 23°C. You will have some time to spend on the 28th (Mon) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House

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