13 days in Australia Itinerary

13 days in Australia Itinerary

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13 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Detroit
Fly:  27​h
1
Cairns
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
3
Melbourne
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
4
Canberra
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
5
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly:  25​h
End: Detroit

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 28th (Mon): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: experience rural life at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures and then kick back and relax at Palm Cove Beach.

To see other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Cairns attractions planner .

Detroit, USA to Cairns is an approximately 27-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 15 hours traveling from Detroit to Cairns. Traveling from Detroit in January, expect Cairns to be much warmer, temps between 89°F and 75°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Adventure

Side Trip

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

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 30th (Wed), trek along Kuniya Walk, take in the dramatic natural features at Uluru, and then trek along Uluru Hiking Path. Keep things going the next day: get answers to all your questions at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, then view the masterpieces at Walkatjara Art, then take in the awesome beauty at Kata Tjuta, and finally head outdoors with Walpa Gorge.

To see maps, ratings, and tourist information, read our Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park itinerary website .

Getting from Cairns to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive. While traveling from Cairns, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, ranging from highs of 99°F to lows of 73°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Thu) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature
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Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta ©
Kata Tjuta
Walpa Gorge ©
Walpa Gorge

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.
Popular historic sites such as Shrine of Remembrance and Old Melbourne Gaol are in your itinerary. Let the collections at National Gallery of Victoria and Federation Square capture your imagination. There's much more to do: examine the collection at Melbourne Museum, meet the residents at Melbourne Zoo, admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, and enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck 88.

To see photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Melbourne trip planner .

Fly from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Melbourne in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in February, with highs in Melbourne at 81°F and lows at 57°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) so you can travel to Canberra.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums Outdoors Parks
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Melbourne Boat Hire ©
Melbourne Boat Hire
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum
Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance

1
night
Canberra

Canberra ©
A planned city with streets laid out in elaborate, geometric patterns and founded specifically to serve as the capital of the emerging Australian state, Canberra has a self-sufficient atmosphere.
On the 4th (Mon), explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Australia, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Burley Griffin, and then take an in-depth tour of Australian War Memorial.

For reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read Canberra online trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Melbourne to Canberra by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In February, daytime highs in Canberra are 83°F, while nighttime lows are 55°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can go by car to Sydney.

Things to do in Canberra

Museums Nature Parks
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Australian War Memorial ©
Australian War Memorial
National Gallery of Australia ©
National Gallery of Australia
Lake Burley Griffin ©
Lake Burley Griffin

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk and Clovelly. Get a sense of the local culture at The Rocks and Australian National Maritime Museum. There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Bondi Beach, stroll through Coogee Beach, wander the streets of Darling Harbour, and admire the masterpieces at Art Gallery of New South Wales.

To see where to stay, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Sydney online journey planner .

Traveling by car from Canberra to Sydney takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Traveling from Canberra in February, Sydney is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Parks Neighborhoods
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The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach

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