13 days in Australia Itinerary

13 days in Australia Itinerary

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13 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: London
Fly + bus:  26​h
1
Margaret River
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  9​h 30​min
2
Alice Springs
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  2​h
3
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
4
Melbourne
— 1 day
Fly:  3​h 30​min
5
Sydney
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h
6
Cairns
— 1 night
Fly:  23​h 15​min
End: London

2
nights
Margaret River

Margaret River ©
A low-rise, laid-back town of approximately 4,500 inhabitants, Margaret River serves as an ideal local base to explore the surrounding wine region.
On the next day, Head underground at Mammoth Cave, Head underground at Lake Cave, explore the fascinating underground world of Jewel Cave, then enjoy the sea views from Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse, and finally don't miss a visit to Hamelin Bay Jetty.

To find maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Margaret River trip itinerary site .

London, UK to Margaret River is an approximately 26-hour combination of flight and bus. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Australian Western Standard Time (AWST), which is usually an 8 hour difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Alice Springs.

Things to do in Margaret River

Parks Tours Nature

Side Trips

Boranup, Augusta, Hamelin Bay Jetty, Cowaramup Bay
Find places to stay May 27 — 29:
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Lake Cave ©
Lake Cave
Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse ©
Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse
Mammoth Cave ©
Mammoth Cave

1
night
Alice Springs

Alice Springs ©
Situated right in the heart of Australia, Alice Springs serves as an urban oasis deep within the country’s parched, desert-like Red Center.
On the 30th (Thu), look for all kinds of wild species at Alice Springs Desert Park, look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Emily Gap. On the 31st (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for all kinds of wild species at Alice Springs Reptile Centre, take an in-depth tour of Alice Springs School of the Air Visitor Centre, then steep yourself in history at Alice Springs Telegraph Station Historical Reserve, and finally get great views at Anzac Hill.

To find where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Alice Springs planning site .

Getting from Margaret River to Alice Springs by combination of bus and flight takes about 9.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Margaret River to Alice Springs, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in May, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) early enough to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Alice Springs

Parks Wildlife Tours
Find places to stay May 29 — 31:
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Alice Springs Desert Park ©
Alice Springs Desert Park
Alice Springs Reptile Centre ©
Alice Springs Reptile 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.
On the 1st (Sat), look for all kinds of wild species at Kuniya Walk, explore the activities along Mutitjulu Waterhole, then take in the dramatic natural features at Uluru, and finally trek along Uluru Hiking Path. On your second day here, get outside with Walpa Gorge, then take in the awesome beauty at Kata Tjuta, and then get engrossed in the history at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre.

Before you visit Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Alice Springs to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In May, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (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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Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga ©
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga
Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre ©

1
day
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 3rd (Mon), examine the collection at Melbourne Museum, then learn about all things military at Shrine of Remembrance, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Melbourne using our trip planner.

You can fly from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Melbourne in 5 hours. Another option is to drive. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in June: highs in Melbourne hover around 16°C, while lows dip to 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums Parks Historic Sites
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Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Tue): stroll through Bondi Beach, then trek along The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk, then admire the striking features of Sydney Opera House, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of The Rocks.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Sydney trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Sydney takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Melbourne in June, with highs in Sydney at 21°C and lows at 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Parks Historic Sites
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
The Rocks ©
The Rocks

1
night
Cairns

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.
On the 5th (Wed), look for all kinds of wild species at Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, then kick back and relax at Trinity Beach, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Palm Cove Beach. On the 6th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get interesting insight from Tours.

To see ratings, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Cairns day trip planning website .

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Cairns takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In June, Cairns is somewhat warmer than Sydney - with highs of 30°C and lows of 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, Palm Cove Beach, Trinity Beach
Find places to stay Jun 4 — 6:
Highlights from your plan
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach

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