13 days in Australia Itinerary

13 days in Australia Itinerary

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13 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Fort Lauderdale
Fly:  29​h
1
Hobart
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
2
Gold Coast
— 2 nights
Fly + shuttle:  6​h
3
Port Douglas
— 1 night
bus:  1​h 15​min
4
Cairns
— 3 nights
Fly:  29​h
End: Fort Lauderdale

2
nights
Hobart

Hobart ©
Snaking up the side of a rounded, tree-dotted hill, Hobart sits between Tasmania’s sprawling mountains and the vast estuary of the River Derwent.
Take a break from the city and head to Tasmanian Devil Unzoo and Opossum Bay Beach. Popular historic sites such as Battery Point Sculpture Trail and Constitution Dock are in your itinerary. Venture out of the city with trips to Waterfall Bay (in Eaglehawk Neck) and Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary (in Brighton). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Cascades Female Factory Historic Site, tour the pleasant surroundings at Seven Mile Beach, take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens, and sample the tasty concoctions at Cascade Brewery.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Hobart driving holiday planning website .

Fort Lauderdale, USA to Hobart is an approximately 29-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. You'll lose 15 hours traveling from Fort Lauderdale to Hobart due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Fort Lauderdale in March, things will get little chillier in Hobart: highs are around 71°F and lows about 52°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Hobart

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Seven Mile Beach, Opossum Bay Beach, Waterfall Bay, Richmond Bridge, Tasmanian Devil Unzoo
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Seven Mile Beach ©
Seven Mile Beach
Tasmanian Devil Unzoo ©
Tasmanian Devil Unzoo
Battery Point Sculpture Trail ©
Battery Point Sculpture Trail

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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 25th (Mon), enjoy the sand and surf at Burleigh Heads Beach and then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll through Burleigh Head National Park, then enjoy the sand and surf at Coolangatta Beach, and then kick back and relax at Kirra Beach.

For photos, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Gold Coast travel planner .

Traveling by flight from Hobart to Gold Coast takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of car and ferry. In March, Gold Coast is somewhat warmer than Hobart - with highs of 81°F and lows of 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Coolangatta Beach ©
Coolangatta Beach
Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park

1
night
Port Douglas

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.
On the 27th (Wed), trot along with a tour on horseback, identify plant and animal life at Mossman Gorge, and then get to know the resident critters at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas. Keep things going the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Daintree National Park.

To see reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Port Douglas route maker .

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Gold Coast to Port Douglas takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, flight, and shuttle; or drive. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Gold Coast in March; daily highs in Port Douglas reach 87°F and lows reach 74°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) so you can go by car to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Daintree National Park, Mossman Gorge Centre
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Daintree National Park ©
Daintree National Park
Horseback Riding Tours
Mossman Gorge Centre ©
Mossman Gorge Centre

3
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Trinity Beach and Palm Cove Beach. Explore hidden gems such as Balloon Rides and Muddy's Playground. Step out of Cairns with an excursion to Australian Butterfly Sanctuary in Kuranda--about 36 minutes away. Spend the 30th (Sat) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

For ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Cairns trip planner .

Traveling by car from Port Douglas to Cairns takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. In March in Cairns, expect temperatures between 87°F during the day and 74°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Palm Cove Beach, Trinity Beach, Australian Butterfly Sanctuary
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Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
Balloon Rides
Australian Butterfly Sanctuary ©
Australian Butterfly Sanctuary

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