8 days in Australia Itinerary

8 days in Australia Itinerary

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8 days in Australia Itinerary

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

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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Wed): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Cairns route site .

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Cairns is an approximately 10-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Kuala Lumpur to Cairns, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in December, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can catcht the bus to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Tours Wildlife Outdoors
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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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Thu): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see maps, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Port Douglas online travel route planner .

Getting from Cairns to Port Douglas by bus takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a shuttle. In December in Port Douglas, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Tours Wildlife Outdoors
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Scuba & Snorkeling

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Fri): get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Sea World Theme Park.

To see maps, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Gold Coast trip planner .

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. Traveling from Port Douglas in December, things will get a bit cooler in Gold Coast: highs are around 32°C and lows about 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Zoos & Aquariums Theme Parks Parks
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Sea World Theme Park ©
Sea World Theme Park

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 28th (Sat): admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, stroll through Bondi Beach, then stroll through Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, and finally catch some excitement at Virtual Reality Rooms Sydney - VR Escape Rooms Sydney. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Manly Beach, then admire the striking features of Sydney Opera House, and then take in the views from Sydney Harbour Bridge.

To find other places to visit, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, use the Sydney trip itinerary builder tool .

Traveling by flight from Gold Coast to Sydney takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In December, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Manly Beach
Manly 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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Mon): learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Melbourne Zoo, then take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck 88, and then admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens. On your second day here, get your game on at Zero Latency and then examine the collection at Melbourne Museum.

To see reviews, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Melbourne trip itinerary maker .

Fly from Sydney to Melbourne in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Sydney in December since evenings lows in Melbourne dip to 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Museums
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Zero Latency ©
Zero Latency
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum

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