13 days in Australia Itinerary

13 days in Australia Itinerary

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13 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Munich
Fly:  25​h
1
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Melbourne
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
3
Cairns
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
4
Brisbane
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h
5
Gold Coast
— 2 nights
+2
train + foot + Fly:  29​h
End: Munich

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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Bondi Beach and Manly Beach. Get outdoors at Clovelly and Scuba & Snorkeling. The adventure continues: see a show at Sydney Opera House, see the interesting displays at Australian National Maritime Museum, wander the streets of The Rocks, and admire the masterpieces at Art Gallery of New South Wales.

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Munich, Germany to Sydney is an approximately 25-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 9 hours traveling from Munich to Sydney. Plan for warmer temperatures traveling from Munich in December, with highs in Sydney at 32°C and lows at 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

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

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.
Get outdoors at Balloon Rides and St. Kilda Beach. For shopping fun, head to Melbourne Central or Craft Victoria. There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Melbourne Museum, enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck 88, learn about all things military at Shrine of Remembrance, and explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Victoria.

For reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Melbourne online trip itinerary planner .

You can fly from Sydney to Melbourne in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Sydney in December, plan for slightly colder nights in Melbourne, with lows around 14°C. On the 21st (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

St. Kilda Beach
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Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum
Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance
National Gallery of Victoria ©
National Gallery of Victoria

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): explore the galleries of Doongal Aboriginal Art, hike along Esplanade Boardwalk, then take in the exciting artwork at Bones and Jones, then learn about all things military at The Australian Armour & Artillery Museum, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at St Monica's Cathedral.

For maps, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Cairns holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Cairns takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Melbourne in December: high temperatures in Cairns hover around 36°C and lows are around 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Cairns

Trails Parks Outdoors
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Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk
St Monica's Cathedral ©
St Monica's Cathedral

1
day
Brisbane

Brisbane ©
Queensland’s biggest town and state capital, Brisbane has an attractive, manicured image based around its riverside aesthetic as well as the contrast between its high-rise center and extensive urban greenery.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at Dicky Beach and then stroll through Moffat Beach.

To find ratings, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Brisbane trip itinerary builder tool .

You can fly from Cairns to Brisbane in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In December, Brisbane is slightly colder than Cairns - with highs of 32°C and lows of 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can drive to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Brisbane

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Caloundra
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Dicky Beach ©
Dicky Beach
Moffat Beach ©
Moffat Beach

2
nights
Gold Coast

Gold Coast ©
A city of towering skyscrapers, sandy beaches, and tree-lined streets, Gold Coast has an unpretentious air complemented by a citywide focus on sports and the arts.
On the 24th (Tue), tour the pleasant surroundings at Burleigh Head National Park, buy something for everyone on your list at Pacific Fair Shopping Centre, and then stroll through Surfer's Paradise Beach.

To find maps, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Gold Coast trip planner .

You can drive from Brisbane to Gold Coast in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in December, and nighttime lows around 22°C. You will have some time to spend on the 25th (Wed) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Beaches Parks Outdoors
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Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park
Surfers Paradise Beach ©
Surfers Paradise Beach
Pacific Fair Shopping Centre ©
Pacific Fair Shopping Centre

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