13 days in Australia Itinerary

13 days in Australia Itinerary

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13 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Beijing
Fly:  15​h
1
Melbourne
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Lord Howe Island
— 2 nights
Fly + shuttle:  7​h 30​min
4
Port Douglas
— 1 night
5
Cairns
— 2 nights
Fly:  13​h
End: Beijing

2
nights
Melbourne

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at St. Kilda Beach and Half Moon Bay. There's lots more to do: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, learn about all things military at Shrine of Remembrance, make a trip to Flinders Street Station, and take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck 88.

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Beijing, China to Melbourne is an approximately 15-hour flight. The time zone changes from China Standard Time (CST) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Victoria) (AEST), which is usually a 2 hour difference. Expect much hotter temperatures when traveling from Beijing in January; daily highs in Melbourne reach 32°C and lows reach 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to travel to Sydney.

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
Half Moon Bay ©
Half Moon Bay

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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: Bondi Beach and Camp Cove. There's lots more to do: take a stroll through The Rocks, kick back and relax at Manly Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Coogee Beach, and take in nature's colorful creations at The Royal Botanic Garden.

For reviews, photos, and tourist information, read Sydney holiday website .

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Sydney takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Traveling from Melbourne in January, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 23°C in Sydney. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) early enough to travel to Lord Howe Island.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Manly Beach
Manly Beach
Coogee Beach ©
Coogee Beach

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nights
Lord Howe Island

Lord Howe Island ©
Bursting out of the Tasman Sea, Lord Howe Island offers stunning scenery and many sandy beaches.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Wed): get a new perspective on nature at Lord Howe Island Museum, then enjoy the sand and surf at Lagoon Beach, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Ned's Beach. On your second day here, hike along Lord Howe Island Walking Trails, take in the dramatic natural features at Ball's Pyramid, and then take in the awesome beauty at Mt Gower.

To find traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Lord Howe Island day trip planning tool .

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Lord Howe Island takes 3.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Lord Howe Island

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Ned's Beach ©
Ned's Beach
Lord Howe Island Walking Trails ©
Lord Howe Island Walking Trails
Mt Gower ©
Mt Gower

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Fri): get interesting insight from Tours. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take an exotic tour of a safari tour.

To find maps and tourist information, refer to the Port Douglas trip planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Lord Howe Island to Port Douglas takes 7.5 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Port Douglas can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to drive to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Sun): look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas.

To find maps, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read Cairns online trip builder .

Traveling by car from Port Douglas to Cairns takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. January in Cairns sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife Outdoors Adventure

Side Trip

The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk
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Scuba & Snorkeling

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