9 days in Australia Itinerary

9 days in Australia Itinerary

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9 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Chennai
Fly:  13​h 15​min
1
Perth
— 1 day
Fly:  6​h 15​min
2
Melbourne
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Sydney
— 2 nights
Fly + shuttle:  6​h 45​min
4
Port Douglas
— 1 day
bus:  1​h 15​min
5
Cairns
— 2 nights
Fly:  13​h 15​min
End: Chennai

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day
Perth

Perth ©
A modern metropolis of glassy skyscrapers, waterside boulevards, and lush residential neighborhoods, Perth sits on the edge of the Swan Coastal Plain.
On the 19th (Sun), explore the activities along Swan River, contemplate the long history of The Perth Mint, and then stroll around Kings Park & Botanic Garden.

To see reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Perth trip itinerary maker tool .

Chennai, India to Perth is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from India Standard Time to Australian Western Standard Time, which is usually a 2 hour difference. Traveling from Chennai in May, things will get much colder in Perth: highs are around 25°C and lows about 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Perth

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Kings Park and Botanic Garden ©
Kings Park and Botanic Garden
Swan River ©
Swan River
The Perth Mint ©
The Perth Mint

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night
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Mon): get to know the resident critters at Melbourne Zoo, then take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Fitzroy Gardens. On the 21st (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Victoria, enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck 88, then see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum, and finally make a trip to Flinders Street Station.

To see maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Melbourne trip builder site .

Traveling by flight from Perth to Melbourne takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Perth to Melbourne is 2 hours. While traveling from Perth, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Melbourne, ranging from highs of 20°C to lows of 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (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

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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 22nd (Wed): wander the streets of The Rocks, then take in the views from Sydney Harbour Bridge, then see a show at Sydney Opera House, and finally admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney. Keep things going the next day: kick back and relax at Bondi Beach, then observe the fascinating underwater world at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, and then wander the streets of Darling Harbour.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, use the Sydney trip planner.

You can fly from Melbourne to Sydney in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Melbourne in May; daily highs in Sydney reach 24°C and lows reach 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can travel to Port Douglas.

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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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 24th (Fri): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Port Douglas trip planning website .

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Sydney to Port Douglas takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In May, Port Douglas is somewhat warmer than Sydney - with highs of 32°C and lows of 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a bus to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
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Scuba & Snorkeling

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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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Sat): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Sun): pause for some serene contemplation at St Monica's Cathedral and then hike along Esplanade Boardwalk.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, go to the Cairns trip builder website .

Traveling by bus from Port Douglas to Cairns takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In May, daily temperatures in Cairns can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. On the 26th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk
St Monica's Cathedral ©
St Monica's Cathedral

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