13 days in Australia Itinerary

13 days in Australia Itinerary

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13 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Sydney
1
Sydney
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Melbourne
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
3
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 2 nights
Fly + shuttle:  5​h 45​min
4
Port Douglas
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Cape Tribulation
— 2 nights
+2
bus + shuttle + Fly:  10​h 15​min
6
Lord Howe Island
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 30​min
End: Sydney

2
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.
We've included these beaches for you: Manly Beach and Clovelly. Step out of the city life by going to Bondi Beach and Camp Cove. And it doesn't end there: wander the streets of Darling Harbour, take in the views from Sydney Harbour Bridge, stroll through The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk, and appreciate the extensive heritage of The Rocks.

To see ratings, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, use the Sydney online driving holiday planner .

The Route module shows you travel options from your home to Sydney. In January, daytime highs in Sydney are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

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

3
nights
Melbourne

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Step out of the city life by going to Melbourne Zoo and St. Kilda Beach. We've included these beaches for you: Half Moon Bay and Sandridge Beach. And it doesn't end there: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, steep yourself in history at Shrine of Remembrance, tour the water at your own pace with Melbourne Boat Hire, and enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour.

To find more things to do, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Melbourne trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Melbourne takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Sydney in January, plan for slightly colder nights in Melbourne, with lows around 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Melbourne

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

St. Kilda Beach
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Balloon Rides
St. Kilda Beach ©
St. Kilda Beach
Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance

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Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park ©
For quintessential Outback scenery and culture, you can't beat a holiday in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, a World Heritage Site.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Wed): hike along Kuniya Walk, then contemplate the waterfront views at Mutitjulu Waterhole, then make a trip to Uluru, and finally trek along Uluru Hiking Path. Here are some ideas for day two: get outside with Walpa Gorge, take in the awesome beauty at Kata Tjuta, and then get engrossed in the history at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park using our trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Melbourne in January, things will get a bit warmer in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park: highs are around 43°C and lows about 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga ©
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga
Kuniya Walk ©
Kuniya Walk

1
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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 18th (Fri): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

Find out how to plan Port Douglas trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Port Douglas takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in January, expect nights in Port Douglas to be about the same, around 28°C, while days are slightly colder, around 37°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Cape Tribulation.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
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Scuba & Snorkeling

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nights
Cape Tribulation

Cape Tribulation ©
A lush headland that's part of the forested Daintree Region, Cape Tribulation was so named by Lieutenant--later Captain--Cook in 1770, when his ship ran aground in the area.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Myall Beach, stroll through Cape Tribulation Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Thornton Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the dramatic scenery at Alexandra Bay Waterfall and then take a peaceful walk through Daintree Rainforest - Cooper Creek Wilderness.

For reviews, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Cape Tribulation trip planning tool .

Do a combination of car and ferry from Port Douglas to Cape Tribulation in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. January in Cape Tribulation sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) so you can travel to Lord Howe Island.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Thornton Beach ©
Thornton Beach
Myall Beach ©
Myall Beach
Cape Tribulation Beach ©
Cape Tribulation Beach

1
night
Lord Howe Island

Lord Howe Island ©
Bursting out of the Tasman Sea, Lord Howe Island offers stunning scenery and many sandy beaches.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Mon): get a new perspective on nature at Lord Howe Island Museum, then enjoy the sand and surf at Lagoon Beach, and then stroll through Ned's Beach. On the 22nd (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Lord Howe Island Walking Trails, take in the dramatic natural features at Ball's Pyramid, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt Gower.

For more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Lord Howe Island trip itinerary site .

Do a combination of ferry, car, shuttle, and flight from Cape Tribulation to Lord Howe Island in 10.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Lord Howe Island

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Find places to stay Jan 21 — 22:
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Ned's Beach ©
Ned's Beach
Lagoon Beach ©
Lagoon Beach
Lord Howe Island Walking Trails ©
Lord Howe Island Walking Trails

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