13 days in Australia Itinerary

13 days in Australia Itinerary

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13 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Bengaluru
Fly:  16​h 45​min
1
Cairns
— 1 night
bus:  1​h 15​min
2
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
shuttle + Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Hamilton Island
— 3 nights
ferry:  1​h
4
Airlie Beach
— 1 night
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  6​h
5
Melbourne
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 30​min
6
Yulara
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  24​h
End: Bengaluru

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.
On the 2nd (Tue), see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On the 3rd (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, stroll through Palm Cove Beach, then let little ones run wild at Muddy's Playground, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Doongal Aboriginal Art Gallery Cairns.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Cairns trip itinerary builder app .

Bengaluru, India to Cairns is an approximately 17-hour flight. Traveling from Bengaluru to Cairns, you'll lose 4 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Bengaluru in July, things will get slightly colder in Cairns: highs are around 30°C and lows about 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Palm Cove
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Spas
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Thu): don't miss a visit to St Mary’s by The Sea chapel, see the vivid underwater world at Agincourt Reef, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas. Here are some ideas for day two: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Port Douglas road trip planner.

You can drive from Cairns to Port Douglas in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a shuttle. In July, daily temperatures in Port Douglas can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Hamilton Island.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Spas
St Mary’s by The Sea chapel ©
St Mary’s by The Sea chapel

3
nights
Hamilton Island

Hamilton Island ©
A trip to Hamilton Island takes you to a car-free destination mostly covered in bushland.
Explore hidden gems such as Scuba & Snorkeling and Hamilton Island Golf Club. There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Catseye Beach, browse the exhibits of Hamilton Island Art Gallery, go for a stroll along the water at Hamilton Island Marina, and don't miss a visit to Passage Peak.

To see other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Hamilton Island route planning site .

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Port Douglas to Hamilton Island takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. When traveling from Port Douglas in July, plan for a bit cooler days in Hamilton Island, with highs around 25°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) to allow time to ride a ferry to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Hamilton Island

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Catseye Beach ©
Catseye Beach
Hamilton Island Marina ©
Hamilton Island Marina
Passage Peak ©
Passage Peak

1
night
Airlie Beach

Very much a town with an emphasis on the tropical lifestyle, Airlie Beach offers exotic surroundings with palm trees and charming, sandy beaches.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Tue): go for a walk through Bicentennial Walkway, add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and finally stop by Grotty Yachty Clothing.

For more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Airlie Beach online itinerary maker .

Traveling by ferry from Hamilton Island to Airlie Beach takes an hour. In July in Airlie Beach, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Tours Outdoors Adventure
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Kayaking & Canoeing
Spas
Bicentennial Walkway ©
Bicentennial Walkway

1
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 10th (Wed): see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Melbourne Zoo, and then take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck 88. Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to Royal Botanic Gardens, then admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Victoria, and then take a stroll through Degraves Street.

To find traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Melbourne trip itinerary planner .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Airlie Beach to Melbourne in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and flight; or drive. While traveling from Airlie Beach, expect little chillier days and colder nights in Melbourne, ranging from highs of 15°C to lows of 6°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can travel to Yulara.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Museums Zoos & Aquariums
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Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Degraves Street ©
Degraves Street
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo

1
night
Yulara

Yulara takes its name from the local Aboriginal words for "howling" and "dingoes," which conveys the town's isolated location in the Outback.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Fri): take in the dramatic natural features at Uluru, then trek along Kuniya Walk, then learn more about the world around you at Wintjiri Arts + Museum, and finally see the world from above with a helicopter tour.

To find photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Yulara travel route builder site .

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Yulara takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Melbourne in July, you will find days in Yulara are a bit warmer (24°C), and nights are about the same (4°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Yulara

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trip

Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
Find places to stay Jul 11 — 12:
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Helicopter Tours
Wintjiri Arts + Museum ©
Wintjiri Arts + Museum
Kuniya Walk ©
Kuniya Walk

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