13 days in Australia Itinerary

13 days in Australia Itinerary

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13 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Dubai
Fly:  17​h 30​min
1
Cairns
— 1 night
bus:  1​h 15​min
2
Port Douglas
— 3 nights
shuttle + Fly:  6​h 45​min
3
Sydney
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
4
Melbourne
— 4 nights
Fly:  16​h
End: Dubai

1
night
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 11th (Thu): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Here are some ideas for day two: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To see where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Cairns online road trip planner .

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Cairns is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. The time zone difference moving from Gulf Standard Time (GST) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) (AEST) is 6 hours. Traveling from Dubai in April, you will find days in Cairns are slightly colder (34°C), and nights are about the same (26°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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Scuba & Snorkeling
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.
Spend the 13th (Sat) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 15th (Mon) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. There's more to do: relax in the rural setting at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures and look for all kinds of wild species at Mossman Gorge.

To see traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Port Douglas trip planning website .

You can drive from Cairns to Port Douglas in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a shuttle. In April, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, Mossman Gorge
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

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.
The Rocks and Cremorne Point to Mosman Bay Walk will appeal to history buffs. There's much more to do: see a show at Sydney Opera House, enjoy the sand and surf at Manly Beach, take a stroll through Darling Harbour, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Clovelly.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read our Sydney tour planner .

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Port Douglas to Sydney takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Port Douglas in April: high temperatures in Sydney hover around 26°C and lows are around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Darling Harbour ©
Darling Harbour

4
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Visit Old Melbourne Gaol and Trinity College Chapel for their historical value. Next up on the itinerary: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, examine the collection at Melbourne Museum, brush up on your military savvy at Shrine of Remembrance, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Romanian Orthodox Church.

For ratings, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Melbourne holiday builder site .

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Melbourne takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. In April, Melbourne is slightly colder than Sydney - with highs of 23°C and lows of 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Historic Sites Tours Parks
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Old Melbourne Gaol ©
Old Melbourne Gaol
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance

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