13 days in Australia Itinerary

13 days in Australia Itinerary

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13 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Beijing
Fly:  15​h
1
Sydney
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Lord Howe Island
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 30​min
3
Melbourne
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 45​min
4
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 2 nights
Fly + shuttle:  5​h 45​min
5
Port Douglas
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Cairns
— 2 nights
Fly:  13​h
End: Beijing


2
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.
Get outdoors at Manly Beach and Coogee Beach. Get a sense of the local culture at The Rocks and Sydney Opera House. Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Bondi Beach, stroll through Clovelly, browse the eclectic array of goods at Sydney Fish Market, and wander the streets of Darling Harbour.

For more things to do, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read Sydney trip planner .

Beijing, China to Sydney is an approximately 15-hour flight. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Beijing to Sydney due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Beijing in January, expect Sydney to be warmer, temps between 32°C and 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can travel to Lord Howe Island.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Darling Harbour
Darling Harbour
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
The Rocks ©
The Rocks

1
night
Lord Howe Island

Lord Howe Island ©
Bursting out of the Tasman Sea, Lord Howe Island offers stunning scenery and many sandy beaches.
On the 20th (Sun), hike along Lord Howe Island Walking Trails, enjoy the sand and surf at Lagoon Beach, then examine the collection at Lord Howe Island Museum, and finally stroll through Ned's Beach.

For reviews, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Lord Howe Island day trip planning tool .

You can fly from Sydney to Lord Howe Island in 3.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Lord Howe Island

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

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): explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Victoria, then brush up on your military savvy at Shrine of Remembrance, then examine the collection at Melbourne Museum, and finally take an in-depth tour of Italian Museum and Historical Society. On your second day here, take an in-depth tour of Museum of Chinese Australian History Inc., examine the collection at The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia, then see the interesting displays at HMAS Castlemaine, and finally wander the streets of Melbourne Central.

For reviews, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Melbourne road trip planning tool .

Traveling by flight from Lord Howe Island to Melbourne takes 5.5 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Melbourne can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) early enough to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Melbourne

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

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Wed): make a trip to Uluru, get advice or help at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, take in the exciting artwork at Walkatjara Art, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Uluru Hiking Path, and finally make a trip to Field of Light. On the 24th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: head outdoors with Walpa Gorge, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Kata Tjuta, then explore the activities along Mutitjulu Waterhole, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Kuniya Walk.

To find reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park road trip website .

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In January, Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is a bit warmer than Melbourne - with highs of 43°C and lows of 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can 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 ©
Kata Tjuta

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 25th (Fri): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Here are some ideas for day two: see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour.

For ratings, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Port Douglas journey builder app .

You can do a combination of flight and shuttle from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Port Douglas in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. While traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Port Douglas, ranging from highs of 37°C to lows of 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to drive to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris

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nights
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 27th (Sun), discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For photos, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Cairns day trip website .

Traveling by car from Port Douglas to Cairns takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. In January, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Trinity Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach

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