13 days in Australia Itinerary

13 days in Australia Itinerary

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13 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Los Angeles
Fly:  17​h 45​min
1
Sydney
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Melbourne
— 3 nights
Fly + shuttle:  6​h 30​min
3
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
shuttle + Fly:  22​h 45​min
End: Los Angeles

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.
Kids will enjoy Bondi Beach and Sea Life Sydney Aquarium. The adventure continues: wander the streets of Darling Harbour, trek along The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk, see the interesting displays at Australian National Maritime Museum, and get interesting insight from Tours.

For reviews, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Sydney online travel planner .

Los Angeles, USA to Sydney is an approximately 18-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 18 hours traveling from Los Angeles to Sydney. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Los Angeles in December; daily highs in Sydney reach 81°F and lows reach 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Taronga Zoo
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Sea Life Sydney Aquarium ©
Sea Life Sydney Aquarium
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.
Bring the kids along to Melbourne Zoo and Melbourne Museum. The adventure continues: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, meet the residents at SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium, steep yourself in history at Old Melbourne Gaol, and don't miss a visit to Flinders Street Station.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Melbourne road trip planner.

Getting from Sydney to Melbourne by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Melbourne when traveling from Sydney in January, with lows around 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Museums Zoos & Aquariums
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Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum
Eureka Skydeck ©
Eureka Skydeck

2
nights
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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Scuba & Snorkeling and Safaris. There's much more to do: identify plant and animal life at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, make a trip to St Mary’s by The Sea chapel, and meet the residents at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas.

To see traveler tips, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read our Port Douglas trip itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of flight and shuttle from Melbourne to Port Douglas in 6.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In January, Port Douglas is somewhat warmer than Melbourne - with highs of 89°F and lows of 75°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas ©
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

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