13 days in Australia Itinerary

13 days in Australia Itinerary

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13 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Mumbai
Fly:  16​h 45​min
1
Melbourne
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 45​min
2
Cairns
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
3
Port Douglas
— 3 nights
shuttle + Fly:  4​h
4
Whitsunday Island
— 1 night
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  5​h 15​min
5
Gold Coast
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 30​min
6
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
End: Melbourne

1
night
Melbourne

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
On the 15th (Mon), look for all kinds of wild species at Royal Botanic Gardens, then tour the pleasant surroundings at St. Kilda Beach, then take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck 88, and finally take a stroll through Degraves Street. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Melbourne Museum and then get interesting insight from Tours.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Melbourne planning website .

Mumbai, India to Melbourne is an approximately 17-hour flight. You'll lose 4 hours traveling from Mumbai to Melbourne due to the time zone difference. Prepare for cooler weather when traveling from Mumbai in July: high temperatures in Melbourne hover around 15°C and lows are around 6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Melbourne

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trip

St. Kilda Beach
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Balloon Rides
St. Kilda Beach ©
St. Kilda Beach
Degraves Street ©
Degraves Street

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 17th (Wed): kick back and relax at Trinity Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Palm Cove Beach, and then admire the natural beauty at Botanical Gardens. On the next day, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To find photos, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read Cairns day trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Cairns takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In July, Cairns is warmer than Melbourne - with highs of 30°C and lows of 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Trinity Beach, Palm Cove Beach
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Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
Nature & Wildlife Tours

3
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.
Get outdoors at Safaris and Scuba & Snorkeling. Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Four Mile Beach, get to know the resident critters at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

For traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Port Douglas driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Cairns to Port Douglas takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. In July, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can travel to Whitsunday Island.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Four Mile Beach ©
Four Mile Beach

1
night
Whitsunday Island

Whitsunday Island ©
On the 22nd (Mon), explore the activities along Hill Inlet and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Whitehaven Beach.

To find photos, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Whitsunday Island trip planner .

Do a combination of shuttle and flight from Port Douglas to Whitsunday Island in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and bus; or take a train. Traveling from Port Douglas in July, Whitsunday Island is little chillier at night with lows of 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Whitsunday Island

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Hill Inlet ©
Hill Inlet
Whitehaven Beach ©
Whitehaven Beach

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.
On the 23rd (Tue), stroll through Burleigh Head National Park, enjoy the sand and surf at Burleigh Heads Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Surfers Paradise Beach.

To see reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Gold Coast online vacation maker .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Whitsunday Island to Gold Coast. When traveling from Whitsunday Island in July, plan for a bit cooler days in Gold Coast, with highs around 24°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Surfers Paradise Beach ©
Surfers Paradise Beach
Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park

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 Clovelly Beach. Get outdoors at Manly Beach and The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk. Next up on the itinerary: take a stroll through The Rocks, explore the different monuments and memorials at Camperdown Cemetery, take in the views from Sydney Harbour Bridge, and take in panoramic vistas at Sydney Tower Eye Observation Deck.

For traveler tips and more tourist information, read our Sydney vacation builder tool .

Fly from Gold Coast to Sydney in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. July in Sydney sees daily highs of 21°C and lows of 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Manly Beach
Manly Beach
The Rocks ©
The Rocks

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