13 days in Australia Itinerary

13 days in Australia Itinerary

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13 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Brisbane
Fly:  3​h 30​min
1
Lord Howe Island
— Few hours
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Sydney
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Melbourne
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
4
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 3 nights
Fly + shuttle:  5​h 45​min
5
Port Douglas
— 1 night
shuttle + Fly:  6​h
End: Brisbane

few
hours
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 30th (Tue): get a new perspective on nature at Lord Howe Island Museum and then enjoy the sand and surf at Ned's Beach.

For other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Lord Howe Island sightseeing planner .

Brisbane to Lord Howe Island is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Lord Howe Island

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

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.
Head to Sydney Fish Market and Brett Whiteley Studiofor some retail therapy. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Manly Beach and Bondi Beach. There's lots more to do: take a stroll through The Rocks, view the masterpieces at Jason Ree, take in the views from Sydney Harbour Bridge, and examine the collection at Australian National Maritime Museum.

To find more things to do, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read our Sydney trip planner.

Fly from Lord Howe Island to Sydney in 3.5 hours. April in Sydney sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Manly Beach
Manly 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.
Shop till you drop at Melbourne Central and Minotaur Entertainment Melbourne. Get a sense of the local culture at Shrine of Remembrance and Immigration Museum. And it doesn't end there: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, wander the streets of Collins St/Swanston St, explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Victoria, and see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum.

To find ratings, photos, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Melbourne travel planning app .

You can fly from Sydney to Melbourne in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Sydney in May, expect Melbourne to be slightly colder, temps between 20°C and 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums Shopping Neighborhoods
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Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum
National Gallery of Victoria ©
National Gallery of Victoria

3
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.
Let the collections at Walkatjara Art and Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre capture your imagination. Do some cultural sightseeing at Uluru and Kata Tjuta. There's much more to do: hike along Kuniya Walk, take some stellar pictures from Uluru, go for a walk through Lungkata Walk, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Uluru Hiking Path.

To see other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, use the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park vacation planner .

You can fly from Melbourne to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 5 hours. Another option is to drive. When traveling from Melbourne in May, plan for somewhat warmer days in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, with highs around 28°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Walkatjara Art ©
Walkatjara Art
Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga ©
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Sat): get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports. On your second day here, see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour.

For where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Port Douglas day trip website .

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Port Douglas takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in May: high temperatures in Port Douglas hover around 32°C and lows are around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris

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