19 days in Australia Itinerary

19 days in Australia Itinerary

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19 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Kuala Lumpur
Fly:  9​h 45​min
1
Cairns
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
2
Port Douglas
— 3 nights
shuttle + Fly:  6​h
3
Gold Coast
— 2 nights
+2
train + foot + Fly:  5​h 15​min
4
Lord Howe Island
— 1 day
Fly:  3​h 30​min
5
Sydney
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
6
Melbourne
— 4 nights
Fly:  10​h 45​min
End: Kuala Lumpur

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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Palm Cove Beach and Cairns Aquarium. Spend the 14th (Mon) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Trinity Beach, let little ones run wild at Muddy's Playground, tour the pleasant surroundings at Esplanade Boardwalk, and have fun at Figtree Playground.

To see reviews, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Cairns road trip site .

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Cairns is an approximately 10-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Kuala Lumpur to Cairns due to the time zone difference. In October, Cairns is a bit cooler than Kuala Lumpur - with highs of 34°C and lows of 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can drive to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Palm Cove Beach, Trinity Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach

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.
Attractions like Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas and Thornton Beach make great kid-friendly stops. Change things up with these side-trips from Port Douglas: Myall Beach (in Cape Tribulation) and Walu Wugirriga Lookout (in Cow Bay). Spend the 17th (Thu) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Four Mile Beach and make a trip to St Mary’s by The Sea chapel.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Port Douglas tour builder .

Traveling by car from Cairns to Port Douglas takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. October in Port Douglas sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 23°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Cape Tribulation, Walu Wugirriga Lookout
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas ©
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas
Thornton Beach ©
Thornton Beach

2
nights
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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Sea World Theme Park and Dreamworld. There's much more to do: get in on the family fun at Warner Bros. Movie World, get outside with Pelican Feeding, and kick back and relax at Surfers Paradise Beach.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Gold Coast travel route planning site .

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Port Douglas to Gold Coast takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and train; or drive. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Port Douglas in October, with highs in Gold Coast at 29°C and lows at 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Lord Howe Island.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Theme Parks Parks Zoos & Aquariums
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Sea World Theme Park ©
Sea World Theme Park
Warner Bros. Movie World
Warner Bros. Movie World
Dreamworld ©
Dreamworld

1
day
Lord Howe Island

Lord Howe Island ©
Bursting out of the Tasman Sea, Lord Howe Island offers stunning scenery and many sandy beaches.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Wed): learn more about the world around you at Lord Howe Island Museum, stroll through Lagoon Beach, and then kick back and relax at Ned's Beach.

To find where to stay, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Lord Howe Island trip planner .

You can do a combination of train and flight from Gold Coast to Lord Howe Island in 5.5 hours. Another option is to fly. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Lord Howe Island

Beaches Outdoors Parks
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Ned's Beach ©
Ned's Beach
Lagoon Beach ©
Lagoon Beach
Lord Howe Island Museum ©
Lord Howe Island Museum

4
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.
Kids will enjoy Bondi Beach and Sea Life Sydney Aquarium. And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Manly Beach, take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, see the interesting displays at Australian National Maritime Museum, and engage your brain at Powerhouse Museum.

To see reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Sydney trip itinerary tool .

Getting from Lord Howe Island to Sydney by flight takes about 3.5 hours. October in Sydney sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 17°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Sea Life Sydney Aquarium ©
Sea Life Sydney Aquarium
Manly Beach
Manly Beach

4
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Bring the kids along to Melbourne Zoo and Eureka Skydeck 88. Step out of Melbourne with an excursion to Werribee Open Range Zoo in Werribee--about 42 minutes away. The adventure continues: examine the collection at Melbourne Museum, admire the natural beauty at Fitzroy Gardens, make a trip to Royal Exhibition Building, and get the lay of the land with Royal Botanic Gardens.

To find where to stay, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read Melbourne online vacation planner .

You can fly from Sydney to Melbourne in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Sydney in October, expect Melbourne to be slightly colder, temps between 24°C and 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Historic Sites

Side Trips

St. Kilda Beach, Werribee Open Range Zoo
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Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo
Werribee Open Range Zoo ©
Werribee Open Range Zoo
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum

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