13 days in Australia Itinerary

13 days in Australia Itinerary

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13 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: New Delhi
Fly:  16​h
1
Melbourne
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Gold Coast
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
4
Cairns
— 3 nights
Fly:  14​h 30​min
End: New Delhi

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 ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Wed): brush up on your military savvy at Shrine of Remembrance, then admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, then enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck 88, and finally kick back and relax at St. Kilda Beach.

For maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Melbourne trip planning website .

New Delhi, India to Melbourne is an approximately 16-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from New Delhi to Melbourne is 4 hours. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from New Delhi in December since evenings lows in Melbourne dip to 14°C. On the 28th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Shopping Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trip

St. Kilda Beach
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Melbourne Central ©
Melbourne Central
Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at The Rocks and Art Gallery of New South Wales. Visit Bondi Beach and Manly Beach for some beach relaxation. The adventure continues: see a show at Sydney Opera House, stroll through Coogee Beach, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, and examine the collection at Australian National Maritime Museum.

To find photos, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Sydney trip maker website .

Fly from Melbourne to Sydney in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Traveling from Melbourne in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Sydney, with lows of 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) to allow time to travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi 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.
To find other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read our Gold Coast journey planner .

You can fly from Sydney to Gold Coast in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In December, daily temperatures in Gold Coast can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) to allow time to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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Surfer's Paradise Beach
Surfer's Paradise Beach
Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach

3
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Historic Village Herberton and Daintree Discovery Centre. We've included these beaches for you: Palm Cove Beach and Four Mile Beach. Change things up with a short trip to Terra Nova Gallery in Kuranda (about 32 minutes away). Spend the 2nd (Wed) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's still lots to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Monica's Cathedral.

To find other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Cairns trip itinerary planning website .

Getting from Gold Coast to Cairns by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Gold Coast in January, things will get somewhat warmer in Cairns: highs are around 37°C and lows about 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Four Mile Beach, Terra Nova Gallery, Palm Cove Beach, Historic Village Herberton, Daintree Discovery Centre
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach
Four Mile Beach ©
Four Mile Beach

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