9 days in Australia Itinerary

9 days in Australia Itinerary

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9 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Pune
Fly:  16​h 15​min
1
Melbourne
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly + shuttle:  6​h 45​min
3
Port Douglas
— 1 night
bus:  1​h 15​min
4
Cairns
— 2 nights
Fly:  16​h
End: Pune

1
night
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
On the 26th (Thu), see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum and then admire the natural beauty at Fitzroy Gardens. Keep things going the next day: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Melbourne Zoo, take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck, and then admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens.

To find ratings, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Melbourne visit planner .

Pune, India to Melbourne is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 4 hours traveling from Pune to Melbourne. In December in Melbourne, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 14°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Museums
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Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum

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.
Sydney is known for nightlife, trails, beaches, shopping, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: hike along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, see a show at Sydney Opera House, enjoy the sand and surf at Manly Beach, and get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Sydney sightseeing tool .

You can fly from Melbourne to Sydney in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Traveling from Melbourne in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Sydney, with lows of 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to travel to Port Douglas.

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

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.
On the 31st (Tue), see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see more things to do, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Port Douglas day trip planning app .

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. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Sydney in December; daily highs in Port Douglas reach 36°C and lows reach 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can take a bus to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Wed): take in the waterfront at The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Cairns online trip maker .

Getting from Port Douglas to Cairns by bus takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a shuttle. December in Cairns sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Thu) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk, Earl Hill
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Earl Hill ©
Earl Hill

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