13 days in Australia Itinerary

13 days in Australia Itinerary

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13 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Beijing
Fly:  13​h
1
Cairns
— 1 night
2
Port Douglas
— 3 nights
shuttle + Fly:  5​h 45​min
3
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 45​min
4
Melbourne
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 30​min
5
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly:  15​h
End: Beijing

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 17th (Thu): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On your second day here, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

For ratings, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Cairns trip itinerary planning app .

Beijing, China to Cairns is an approximately 13-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train, taxi, and flight. The time zone difference moving from China Standard Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) is 2 hours. Traveling from Beijing in January, things will get warmer in Cairns: highs are around 37°C and lows about 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) so you can go by car to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours 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 19th (Sat) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 20th (Sun) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. The adventure continues: experience rural life at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, look for gifts at With Sugar, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, and look for all kinds of wild species at Mossman Gorge.

To see photos, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Port Douglas day trip planner.

You can drive from Cairns to Port Douglas in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in January, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

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

1
night
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 22nd (Tue): look for all kinds of wild species at Kuniya Walk, explore the activities along Mutitjulu Waterhole, explore the striking landscape at Uluru, then browse the exhibits of Walkatjara Art, and finally hike along Uluru Hiking Path. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get engrossed in the history at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, take in the pleasant sights at Field of Light, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Kata Tjuta, and finally head outdoors with Walpa Gorge.

To find other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip builder app .

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Port Douglas to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Port Douglas in January, you will find days in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park are a bit warmer (43°C), and nights are about the same (26°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Uluru ©
Uluru
Kuniya Walk ©
Kuniya Walk
Kata Tjuta ©
Kata Tjuta

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night
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Thu): examine the collection at Melbourne Museum, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Melbourne Zoo, and then choose your vessel at Melbourne Boat Hire. On the next day, take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, learn about all things military at Shrine of Remembrance, then admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Victoria, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck 88.

To find traveler tips, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Melbourne trip itinerary builder website .

Traveling by flight from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Melbourne takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in January: high temperatures in Melbourne hover around 32°C and lows are around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums Parks Outdoors
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Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo

3
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.
On the 26th (Sat), trek along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, stroll through Bondi Beach, take in nature's colorful creations at The Royal Botanic Garden, then don't miss a visit to Mrs Macquarie's Chair, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of The Rocks. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Sun): admire nature's wide array of creatures at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, wander the streets of Darling Harbour, then snap pictures at Sydney Harbour Bridge, and finally see a show at Sydney Opera House.

For more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Sydney journey site .

Getting from Melbourne to Sydney by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Traveling from Melbourne in January, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 23°C in Sydney. You'll have a few hours on the 28th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Neighborhoods Outdoors
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
The Royal Botanic Garden ©
The Royal Botanic Garden
The Rocks ©
The Rocks

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