13 days in Australia Itinerary

13 days in Australia Itinerary

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13 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Doha
Fly:  18​h 30​min
1
Darwin
— 1 night
Fly + shuttle:  5​h 15​min
2
Port Douglas
— 1 day
bus:  1​h 15​min
3
Cairns
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
4
Gold Coast
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 15​min
5
Hobart
— 1 day
Fly + bus:  12​h
6
Margaret River
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  19​h 45​min
End: Doha

1
night
Darwin

The smallest of Australia’s state capitals, Darwin has nevertheless become an attractive and important urban center, being simultaneously one of the country’s most modernized cities and a gateway to both the Top End region and South East Asia.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Sun): see what you can catch with a fishing tour. On the 19th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the world from above with a helicopter tour, identify plant and animal life at Territory Wildlife Park, then take in the dramatic natural features at Berry Springs Nature Park, and finally steep yourself in history at Survivors’ Lookout.

To see traveler tips, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read our Darwin road trip app .

Doha, Qatar to Darwin is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Arabia Standard Time (AST) to Australian Central Standard Time (Northern Territory) (ACST) is 6 hours. Traveling from Doha in August, things will get colder in Darwin: highs are around 37°C and lows about 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Darwin

Wildlife Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

Territory Wildlife Park
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Fishing Charters & Tours
Territory Wildlife Park ©
Territory Wildlife Park
Berry Springs Nature Park ©
Berry Springs Nature Park

1
day
Port Douglas

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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Tue): identify plant and animal life at Opal Reef and then identify plant and animal life at Agincourt Reef.

To see other places to visit, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Port Douglas sightseeing planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Darwin to Port Douglas takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Darwin in August, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Port Douglas: temperatures range from 31°C by day to 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a bus to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Parks
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Agincourt Reef ©
Agincourt Reef

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.
On the 21st (Wed), identify plant and animal life at Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, kick back and relax at Trinity Beach, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Palm Cove Beach. Keep things going the next day: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

To find other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read our Cairns online route planner .

Traveling by bus from Port Douglas to Cairns takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In August in Cairns, expect temperatures between 31°C during the day and 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, Palm Cove Beach, Trinity Beach
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Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
Australian Butterfly Sanctuary ©
Australian Butterfly Sanctuary
Nature & Wildlife Tours

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): stroll through Kurrawa Beach, kick back and relax at Burleigh Heads Beach, and then explore the striking landscape of Burleigh Head National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Sat): kick back and relax at Coolangatta Beach, kick back and relax at Kirra Beach, and then enjoy breathtaking views from SkyPoint Climb.

To see ratings, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, use the Gold Coast journey planner.

Traveling by flight from Cairns to Gold Coast takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In August, Gold Coast is a bit cooler than Cairns - with highs of 25°C and lows of 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to travel to Hobart.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Beaches Outdoors Parks
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Kurrawa Beach ©
Kurrawa Beach
Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park

1
day
Hobart

Hobart ©
Snaking up the side of a rounded, tree-dotted hill, Hobart sits between Tasmania’s sprawling mountains and the vast estuary of the River Derwent.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sun): engage your brain at Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, contemplate the long history of Hobart Convict Penitentiary, identify plant and animal life at Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary, then admire the landmark architecture of Constitution Dock, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Battery Point Sculpture Trail.

To find reviews, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Hobart day trip planning tool .

Traveling by flight from Gold Coast to Hobart takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of car and ferry. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Gold Coast in August, with highs in Hobart at 15°C and lows at 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Margaret River.

Things to do in Hobart

Historic Sites Childrens Museums Museums
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Battery Point Sculpture Trail ©
Battery Point Sculpture Trail
Hobart Convict Penitentiary ©
Hobart Convict Penitentiary
Constitution Dock ©
Constitution Dock

2
nights
Margaret River

Margaret River ©
A low-rise, laid-back town of approximately 4,500 inhabitants, Margaret River serves as an ideal local base to explore the surrounding wine region.
Get some historical perspective at Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse and Water wheel. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Dolphin & Whale Watching and Lake Cave. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Margaret River: Yallingup (Ngilgi Cave & Canal Rocks), Jewel Cave (in Augusta) and Meelup Beach (in Dunsborough). There's more to do: identify plant and animal life at Sunflowers Animal Farm and Head underground at Mammoth Cave.

To see photos, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Margaret River trip itinerary builder website .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Hobart to Margaret River in 12 hours. Traveling from Hobart to Margaret River, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Margaret River

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Augusta, Boranup, Yallingup, Meelup Beach, Dolphin & Whale Watching
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Lake Cave ©
Lake Cave
Meelup Beach ©
Meelup Beach
Dolphin & Whale Watching

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