8 days in Australia Itinerary

8 days in Australia Itinerary

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8 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Fly:  18​h 45​min
1
Cairns
— 1 day
bus:  1​h 15​min
2
Port Douglas
— 1 night
shuttle + Fly:  6​h 30​min
3
Melbourne
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 30​min
4
Sydney
— 2 nights
Fly:  17​h
End: San Francisco

1
day
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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sat): look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas.

For photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Cairns vacation builder app .

San Francisco, USA to Cairns is an approximately 19-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) (AEST), which is usually a 18 hour difference. Traveling from San Francisco in June, expect Cairns to be a bit warmer, temps between 79°F and 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can take a bus to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
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Scuba & Snorkeling

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see photos, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Port Douglas online attractions planner .

You can take a bus from Cairns to Port Douglas in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a shuttle. In June in Port Douglas, expect temperatures between 79°F during the day and 65°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
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Scuba & Snorkeling

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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): take in nature's colorful creations at Melbourne Zoo, take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, and then admire the natural beauty at Fitzroy Gardens. On the next day, explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Victoria, take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck 88, then examine the collection at Melbourne Museum, and finally don't miss a visit to Flinders Street Station.

To see maps, ratings, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Melbourne sightseeing planner.

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Port Douglas to Melbourne in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Plan for much colder temperatures traveling from Port Douglas in June, with highs in Melbourne at 57°F and lows at 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Museums Zoos & Aquariums
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Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum

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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Wed): take a stroll through The Rocks, then don't miss a visit to Sydney Harbour Bridge, then see a show at Sydney Opera House, and finally admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through Bondi Beach, then observe the fascinating underwater world at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, and then take a stroll through Darling Harbour.

Plan my day in Sydney using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Sydney takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. In June, Sydney is a bit warmer than Melbourne - with highs of 65°F and lows of 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Neighborhoods Parks Historic Sites
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney ©
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney

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