13 days in Australia Itinerary

13 days in Australia Itinerary

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13 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Sydney
1
Sydney
— 2 nights
2
Wollongong
— 2 nights
train + Fly:  6​h 15​min
3
Cairns
— 3 nights
4
Melbourne
— 2 nights
car:  9​h
5
Jervis Bay
— 1 night
car:  5​h
6
Sydney
— 2 nights
End: Sydney

2
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.
Sydney Fish Market has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sat): hunt for treasures at Sydney Fish Market, trek along The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk, then see a show at Sydney Opera House, then take in nature's colorful creations at The Royal Botanic Garden, and finally step off the mainland to explore Fort Denison Island. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Sun): kick back and relax at Shark Island, tour the pleasant surroundings at Camp Cove, and then wander the streets of Darling Harbour.

For where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Sydney sightseeing planner.

If you are flying in from United States, the closest major airport is Sydney Kingsford Smith International Airport. In February in Sydney, expect temperatures between 80°F during the day and 68°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to drive to Wollongong.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Neighborhoods Outdoors
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Darling Harbour
Darling Harbour

2
nights
Wollongong

Wollongong ©
Wollongong, informally referred to as "The Gong", is a seaside city located in the Illawarra region of New South Wales, Australia. Start off your visit on the 25th (Mon): admire nature's wide array of creatures at Symbio Wildlife Park and then enjoy the sand and surf at Werrong Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the dramatic scenery at Minnamurra Falls and then take an in-depth tour of Historical Aircraft Restoration Society.

To see ratings, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Wollongong travel route builder app .

You can drive from Sydney to Wollongong in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Sydney in February, Wollongong is slightly colder at night with lows of 62°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Wollongong

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Minnamurra Falls, Symbio Wildlife Park, Werrong Beach, Historical Aircraft Restoration Society
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Werrong Beach ©
Werrong Beach
Symbio Wildlife Park ©
Symbio Wildlife Park

3
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.
Visiting Scuba & Snorkeling and Four Mile Beach will get you outdoors. Get out of town with these interesting Cairns side-trips: Daintree Discovery Centre (in Cow Bay), Hartley's Crocodile Adventures (in Palm Cove) and Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas (in Port Douglas).

To see traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Cairns trip itinerary planning website .

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Wollongong to Cairns takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Wollongong in February: high temperatures in Cairns hover around 88°F and lows are around 75°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Port Douglas, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, Daintree Discovery Centre
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Four Mile Beach ©
Four Mile Beach

2
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
On the 3rd (Sun), take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, brush up on your military savvy at Shrine of Remembrance, then tour the pleasant surroundings at St. Kilda Beach, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck 88.

To see photos, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Melbourne day trip planning app .

Getting from Cairns to Melbourne by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. In March, Melbourne is little chillier than Cairns - with highs of 78°F and lows of 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can travel to Jervis Bay.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

St. Kilda Beach
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St. Kilda Beach ©
St. Kilda Beach
Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens

1
night
Jervis Bay

Jervis Bay ©
A trip to Jervis Bay will take you to the southern coast of New South Wales, known for allegedly boasting some of the whitest sands in the world.
Keep things going the next day: kick back and relax at Hyams Beach.

To find reviews, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read Jervis Bay visit planner .

Traveling by combination of flight, train, and bus from Melbourne to Jervis Bay takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a train. In March in Jervis Bay, expect temperatures between 77°F during the day and 60°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to take a train to Sydney.

Things to do in Jervis Bay

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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Hyams Beach ©
Hyams Beach

2
nights
Sydney

Sydney ©
On the 6th (Wed), get to know the fascinating history of The Rocks, then snap pictures at Sydney Harbour Bridge, and then push the limits with an extreme tour.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Sydney trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Jervis Bay to Sydney by train takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Jervis Bay in March, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Sydney, with lows of 66°F. On the 7th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Outdoors
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The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Art Gallery of New South Wales ©
Art Gallery of New South Wales

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