8 days in Australia Itinerary

8 days in Australia Itinerary

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8 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Chicago
Fly:  22​h 45​min
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Brisbane
— 1 night
+2
Fly + train + ferry:  4​h
2
Manly
— 1 night
+2
ferry + train + Fly:  4​h 45​min
3
Werribee
— 1 night
Fly + shuttle:  7​h
4
Port Douglas
— 1 day
bus:  1​h 15​min
5
Cairns
— 1 night
Fly:  21​h 30​min
End: Chicago

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Brisbane

Brisbane ©
Queensland’s biggest town and state capital, Brisbane has an attractive, manicured image based around its riverside aesthetic as well as the contrast between its high-rise center and extensive urban greenery.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Tue): look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, get great views at Mount Coot-tha Lookout, and then find something for the whole family at Wheel of Brisbane. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the natural beauty at Roma Street Parkland and then have fun at South Bank Parklands.

To find photos, maps, reviews, and tourist information, use the Brisbane trip itinerary planner.

Chicago, USA to Brisbane is an approximately 23-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight, bus, and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Chicago to Brisbane is 16 hours. In March, Brisbane is much warmer than Chicago - with highs of 82°F and lows of 68°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to travel to Manly.

Things to do in Brisbane

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South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Mount Coot-tha Lookout ©
Mount Coot-tha Lookout

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Manly

Manly ©
Located 11 km (7 mi) across the harbor from Sydney, a holiday in Manly combines quiet neighborhood charm and coastal attractions, all the while placing you within easy access to the big city.
On the 14th (Thu), kick back and relax at Shelly Beach, then steep yourself in history at Vaucluse House, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Taronga Zoo, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Nielsen Park.

To find where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Manly trip builder .

You can do a combination of flight and ferry from Brisbane to Manly in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and ferry; or drive. In March, daily temperatures in Manly can reach 78°F, while at night they dip to 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Werribee.

Things to do in Manly

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Sydney, Taronga Zoo
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Taronga Zoo ©
Taronga Zoo
Shelly Beach ©
Shelly Beach
Vaucluse House ©
Vaucluse House

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Werribee

Werribee ©
Werribee is a suburb of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 32 km south-west of Melbourne's Central Business District, located within the City of Wyndham local government area. Kick off your visit on the 15th (Fri): see the interesting displays at Scienceworks and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Werribee Open Range Zoo.

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Traveling by combination of ferry, flight, and train from Manly to Werribee takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, flight, and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Manly in March, Werribee is a bit cooler at night with lows of 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Werribee

Museums Zoos & Aquariums Parks

Side Trip

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Scienceworks ©
Scienceworks
Werribee Open Range Zoo ©
Werribee Open Range Zoo

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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.
On the 16th (Sat), see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For ratings, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Port Douglas road trip tool .

Traveling by combination of train, flight, and shuttle from Werribee to Port Douglas takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Traveling from Werribee in March, expect Port Douglas to be somewhat warmer, temps between 87°F and 74°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can drive to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Tours Wildlife Outdoors
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Scuba & Snorkeling

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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 17th (Sun), get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Cairns journey planner.

Getting from Port Douglas to Cairns by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 87°F in March, and nighttime lows around 74°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Tours Wildlife Outdoors
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Scuba & Snorkeling

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