9 days in Australia Itinerary

9 days in Australia Itinerary

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9 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Christchurch
Fly:  6​h 30​min
1
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Melbourne
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
3
Cairns
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 15​min
4
Gold Coast
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 30​min
5
Sydney
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h 15​min
End: Christchurch

3
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Sydney Fish Market, Opal Minded and Queen Victoria Building (QVB). Do some cultural sightseeing at The Rocks and Australian National Maritime Museum. We've also included these beaches for you: Bondi Beach and Clovelly. There's much more to do: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, admire the masterpieces at Australian Centre for Photography, take a stroll through Darling Harbour, and hike along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk.

To find more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Sydney trip itinerary tool .

Christchurch, New Zealand to Sydney is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Christchurch to Sydney is minus 2 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Christchurch in November, with highs in Sydney at 29°C and lows at 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Parks Neighborhoods
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Darling Harbour ©
Darling Harbour
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
The Rocks ©
The Rocks

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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Mon): take in nature's colorful creations at Melbourne Zoo, brush up on your military savvy at Shrine of Remembrance, then enjoy the sand and surf at St. Kilda Beach, and finally wander the streets of Melbourne Central. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Victoria, take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck 88, then see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum, then kick back and relax at Sandridge Beach, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Scots Church.

For traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Melbourne sightseeing planning app .

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Melbourne takes 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 November since evenings lows in Melbourne dip to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Melbourne

Outdoors Parks Museums

Side Trip

St. Kilda Beach
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Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum
Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance
National Gallery of Victoria ©
National Gallery of Victoria

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.
On the 14th (Wed), discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For maps, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Cairns trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Cairns takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Melbourne in November: highs in Cairns hover around 36°C, while lows dip to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Scuba & Snorkeling
St Monica's Cathedral ©
St Monica's Cathedral
Samurai Gallery Australia ©
Samurai Gallery Australia

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.
To find where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Gold Coast trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Cairns to Gold Coast takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In November, Gold Coast is little chillier than Cairns - with highs of 30°C and lows of 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Surfers Paradise Beach ©
Surfers Paradise Beach
Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach

1
night
Sydney

Sydney ©
To see reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Sydney online trip itinerary maker .

You can fly from Gold Coast to Sydney in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. On the 17th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Museums Historic Sites
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Justice & Police Museum ©
Justice & Police Museum

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