13 days in Australia Itinerary

13 days in Australia Itinerary

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13 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Luxembourg City
Fly:  24​h
1
Cairns
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 15​min
2
Lord Howe Island
— 1 day
Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Sydney
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
4
Melbourne
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + train + bus:  27​h
End: Luxembourg City

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.
To see maps, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, use the Cairns day trip planning website .

Luxembourg City, Luxembourg to Cairns is an approximately 24-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Luxembourg City to Cairns is 9 hours. In December, Cairns is much warmer than Luxembourg City - with highs of 36°C and lows of 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to travel to Lord Howe Island.

Things to do in Cairns

Tours Wildlife Outdoors
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Scuba & Snorkeling

1
day
Lord Howe Island

Lord Howe Island ©
Bursting out of the Tasman Sea, Lord Howe Island offers stunning scenery and many sandy beaches.
On the 25th (Wed), learn more about the world around you at Lord Howe Island Museum, stroll through Lagoon Beach, and then kick back and relax at Ned's Beach.

To find maps, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Lord Howe Island sightseeing planning tool .

Getting from Cairns to Lord Howe Island by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Lord Howe Island

Beaches Parks Outdoors
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Ned's Beach ©
Ned's Beach
Lagoon Beach ©
Lagoon Beach
Lord Howe Island Museum ©
Lord Howe Island Museum

5
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.
Visit Bondi Beach and Maroubra Beach Rocky Climb for some beach relaxation. Go for a jaunt from Sydney to Manly to see Shelly Beach about 36 minutes away. The adventure continues: make a trip to Sydney Opera House, take a stroll through Darling Harbour, snap pictures at Sydney Harbour Bridge, and admire the natural beauty at The Royal Botanic Garden.

To see ratings, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Sydney trip planning tool .

Getting from Lord Howe Island to Sydney by flight takes about 3.5 hours. In December in Sydney, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 21°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Shelly Beach
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi 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.
We've included these beaches for you: Half Moon Bay and St. Kilda Beach. There's lots more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, don't miss a visit to Flinders Street Station, learn about all things military at Shrine of Remembrance, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Melbourne Zoo.

To see more things to do, maps, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Melbourne trip planner .

You can fly from Sydney to Melbourne in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Sydney in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Melbourne, with lows of 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

St. Kilda Beach
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Balloon Rides
St. Kilda Beach ©
St. Kilda Beach
Half Moon Bay ©
Half Moon Bay

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