8 days in Australia Itinerary

8 days in Australia Itinerary

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8 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Sydney
1
Sydney
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
2
Broadbeach
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h
3
Cairns
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h
4
Melbourne
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Sat): look for all kinds of wild species at Featherdale Wildlife Park, then trek along The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk, and then kick back and relax at Bondi Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Sun): appreciate the extensive heritage of The Rocks, then stroll through Manly Beach, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Camp Cove.

For reviews, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, use the Sydney trip planner .

If you are flying in from United States, the closest major airport is Sydney Kingsford Smith International Airport. Expect a daytime high around 70°F in May, and nighttime lows around 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to travel to Broadbeach.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Featherdale Wildlife Park
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Manly Beach
Manly Beach
Featherdale Wildlife Park ©
Featherdale Wildlife Park

2
nights
Broadbeach

Broadbeach ©
With its seemingly endless sandy beach, an abundance of things to do, and family-friendly atmosphere, Broadbeach ranks among the Gold Coast's top holiday destinations.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at Burleigh Head National Park, identify plant and animal life at David Fleay Wildlife Park, and then kick back and relax at Burleigh Heads Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Surfers Paradise Beach.

To find where to stay, photos, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Broadbeach trip app .

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Broadbeach takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In May, daytime highs in Broadbeach are 74°F, while nighttime lows are 55°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Broadbeach

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Gold Coast
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Surfers Paradise Beach ©
Surfers Paradise Beach
Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
David Fleay Wildlife Park ©
David Fleay Wildlife Park

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 15th (Wed): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read Cairns trip itinerary builder .

You can fly from Broadbeach to Cairns in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Broadbeach in May, expect Cairns to be a bit warmer, temps between 82°F and 69°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Cairns

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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Scuba & Snorkeling

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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Thu): identify plant and animal life at St Kilda beach and then admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To see maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Melbourne tour site .

You can fly from Cairns to Melbourne in 6 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. When traveling from Cairns in May, plan for a bit cooler days in Melbourne, with highs around 63°F, while nights are cooler with lows around 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
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Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Nature & Wildlife Tours
St Kilda beach ©
St Kilda beach

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