13 days in Australia Itinerary

13 days in Australia Itinerary

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13 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Chicago
Fly:  23​h
1
Sydney
— Few hours
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Melbourne
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
3
Cairns
— 3 nights
Fly + bus:  5​h 15​min
4
Byron Bay
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  4​h 30​min
5
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly:  23​h
End: Chicago

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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 Queen Victoria Buildingfor some retail therapy. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Wentworth Falls and Joel Coleman Gallery. Step out of Sydney to go to Hazelbrook and see Hazelbrook Cottage Antiques, which is approximately 1h 25 min away. There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Bondi Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Manly Beach, hike along The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk, and pick up some local products at Danks Street Produce Merchants.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Sydney trip maker site .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Byron Bay to Sydney in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In May, daytime highs in Sydney are 70°F, while nighttime lows are 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Tours Nightlife
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Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Sat): learn about all things military at Shrine of Remembrance, then admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, then take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Patrick's Cathedral, and finally take a stroll through Melbourne Central. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the long history of Old Melbourne Gaol, wander the streets of Collins St/Swanston St, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St Paul's Cathedral, and finally buy something for everyone on your list at Melbourne's GPO - Shopping Centre.

To find other places to visit and other tourist information, go to the Melbourne road trip tool .

You can fly from Sydney to Melbourne in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. In May, Melbourne is slightly colder than Sydney - with highs of 63°F and lows of 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Melbourne

Historic Sites Shopping Neighborhoods
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Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance
St. Patrick's Cathedral ©
St. Patrick's Cathedral
St Paul's Cathedral ©
St Paul's Cathedral

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Sunday Market Port Douglas and Michaelmas Cay. Step out of the city life by going to Safaris and Hartley's Crocodile Adventures. Spend the 21st (Tue) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To see reviews, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Cairns online trip itinerary maker .

You can fly from Melbourne to Cairns in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. When traveling from Melbourne in May, plan for a bit warmer days and warmer nights in Cairns: temperatures range from 82°F by day to 69°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to travel to Byron Bay.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Port Douglas, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

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Byron Bay

Byron Bay ©
Named after Lord Byron's grandfather, Byron Bay is not only famous as the easternmost point of Australia, but even more so as one of the liveliest vacation spots in the country.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): visit a coastal fixture at Fingal Head Lighthouse, then enjoy the sand and surf at Wategos Beach, and then enjoy the sea views from Cape Byron Lighthouse. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the activities along Lake Ainsworth, get great views at Pat Morton Lookout, kick back and relax at Lighthouse Beach, explore the striking landscape of Victoria Park Nature Reserve, then pause for some serene contemplation at Bexhill Open Air Cathedral, and finally hunt for treasures at Lismore Car Boot Market.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Byron Bay online driving holiday planner .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Cairns to Byron Bay in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In May, Byron Bay is a bit cooler than Cairns - with highs of 74°F and lows of 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Byron Bay

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Lennox Head, Bexhill Open Air Cathedral, Victoria Park Nature Reserve, Lighthouse Beach, Fingal Head Lighthouse
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Wategos Beach ©
Wategos Beach
Arakwal National Park ©
Arakwal National Park
Bexhill Open Air Cathedral ©
Bexhill Open Air Cathedral

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Sydney

Sydney ©
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sun): take a stroll through The Rocks, browse the eclectic array of goods at The Rocks Markets, then look for gifts at Australian Opal Cutters and Pearl Divers, then enjoy the sand and surf at Bondi Beach, and finally stroll around Sam Fiszman Park. On the 27th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: kick back and relax at Manly Beach, admire the landmark architecture of Sydney Opera House, then take a stroll through Darling Harbour, and finally make a trip to Queen Victoria Building.

To see photos, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, go to the Sydney online trip itinerary maker .

Do a combination of bus and flight from Byron Bay to Sydney in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. On the 28th (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Sam Fiszman Park
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Manly Beach
Manly Beach
The Rocks ©
The Rocks

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