13 days in Australia Itinerary

13 days in Australia Itinerary

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13 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Doha
Fly:  18​h 45​min
1
Cairns
— 1 day
bus:  1​h 15​min
2
Port Douglas
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Cape Tribulation
— 1 night
Travel:  4​h
4
Green Island
— 1 night
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  7​h 30​min
5
Fraser Island
— 1 day
+4
Drive + ferry + Drive + Fly + train:  10​h 30​min
6
Katoomba
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h 30​min
7
Sydney
— 1 night
train:  4​h 15​min
8
Jervis Bay
— 1 night
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  7​h 45​min
9
Fish Creek
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h 30​min
10
Healesville
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
11
Torquay
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
12
Melbourne
— 1 night
Fly:  16​h 30​min
End: Doha

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day
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 4th (Thu): take a memorable tour with Tours.

To see maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Cairns online visit planner .

Doha, Qatar to Cairns is an approximately 19-hour flight. You'll lose 7 hours traveling from Doha to Cairns due to the time zone difference. Expect colder temperatures when traveling from Doha in July; daily highs in Cairns reach 30°C and lows reach 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can go by car to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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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.
On the 5th (Fri), discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find other places to visit and tourist information, you can read our Port Douglas trip planner .

You can drive from Cairns to Port Douglas in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. In July, daily temperatures in Port Douglas can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can travel to Cape Tribulation.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Scuba & Snorkeling

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night
Cape Tribulation

Cape Tribulation ©
A lush headland that's part of the forested Daintree Region, Cape Tribulation was so named by Lieutenant--later Captain--Cook in 1770, when his ship ran aground in the area.
On the 6th (Sat), relax in the rural setting at Cape Trib Farm, explore and take pictures at Marrdja Botanical Walk, and then delve into the lush surroundings at Daintree Rainforest - Cooper Creek Wilderness.

For reviews, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Cape Tribulation day trip tool .

Do a combination of car and ferry from Port Douglas to Cape Tribulation in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Cape Tribulation are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Green Island.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

Parks
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Marrdja Botanical Walk ©
Marrdja Botanical Walk
Cape Trib Farm ©
Cape Trib Farm

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Green Island

Green Island
To find photos, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Green Island road trip site .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Cape Tribulation to Green Island. In July, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 20°C. You will leave for Fraser Island on the 7th (Sun).

Things to do in Green Island

Outdoors Tours Parks
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Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
On the 8th (Mon), delve into the lush surroundings at Central Station Rainforest and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake McKenzie.

To find maps, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, go to the Fraser Island sightseeing app .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Green Island to Fraser Island. Traveling from Green Island in July, expect Fraser Island to be slightly colder, temps between 26°C and 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can travel to Katoomba.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Nature Parks
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Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie
Central Station Rainforest ©
Central Station Rainforest

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Katoomba

Katoomba ©
Located off of the Great Western Highway, Katoomba is the main hub of the City of Blue Mountains.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Tue): take in nature's colorful creations at Everglades Historic House and Gardens, don't miss a visit to Gallery Blackheath, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Grand Canyon track, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Wentworth Falls.

To find maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Katoomba trip site .

Do a combination of car, ferry, flight, and train from Fraser Island to Katoomba in 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of car, ferry, and train. Traveling from Fraser Island in July, expect Katoomba to be slightly colder, temps between 20°C and 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Sydney.

Things to do in Katoomba

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Grand Canyon track, Everglades Historic House and Gardens, Gallery Blackheath
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Wentworth Falls ©
Wentworth Falls
Grand Canyon track ©
Grand Canyon track
Everglades Historic House and Gardens ©

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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 10th (Wed): take in nature's colorful creations at The Royal Botanic Garden, catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, then snap pictures at Sydney Harbour Bridge, and finally take a stroll through The Rocks.

To find maps, reviews, and tourist information, read our Sydney online tour planner .

Drive from Katoomba to Sydney in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Traveling from Katoomba in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Sydney, with lows of 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to take a train to Jervis Bay.

Things to do in Sydney

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Nightlife
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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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Jervis Bay

Jervis Bay ©
A trip to Jervis Bay will take you to the southern coast of New South Wales, known for allegedly boasting some of the whitest sands in the world.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Thu): hike along White Sands Walk.

To find other places to visit, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Jervis Bay trip itinerary site .

Take a train from Sydney to Jervis Bay in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in July, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Thu) to allow time for travel to Fish Creek.

Things to do in Jervis Bay

Outdoors Trails Parks
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White Sands Walk ©
White Sands Walk

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day
Fish Creek

Fish Creek
Fish Creek is a small township in Victoria, Australia. Take the guesswork out of planning a Fish Creek vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Jervis Bay to Fish Creek by car takes about 10 hours. Other options: fly. On the 12th (Fri), you'll travel to Healesville.

Things to do in Fish Creek

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Healesville

Healesville ©
Healesville's population of over 6,500 thrives on horticulture, tourism, and viticulture (the study of grapes).
On the 13th (Sat), meet the residents at Healesville Sanctuary.

For more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Healesville trip maker .

You can drive from Fish Creek to Healesville in 2.5 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 15°C, and evening lows to 4°C. On the 13th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Torquay.

Things to do in Healesville

Zoos & Aquariums Nature Parks
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Healesville Sanctuary ©
Healesville Sanctuary

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Torquay

Torquay ©
Set against the stark but scenic coastline of the Bass Strait--the body of water separating Victoria and Tasmania--Torquay is a prime location for surfing and beach life in general.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Sun): grab your bike and head to Anglesea Bike Park and then cruise along The Great Ocean Road.

For maps, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read Torquay online sightseeing planner .

Traveling by car from Healesville to Torquay takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Torquay are 16°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can drive to Melbourne.

Things to do in Torquay

Outdoors Scenic Drive Trails

Side Trip

Anglesea Bike Park
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The Great Ocean Road ©
The Great Ocean Road
Anglesea Bike Park ©
Anglesea Bike Park

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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 15th (Mon): enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck 88 and then admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens.

To see ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Melbourne day trip planning site .

You can drive from Torquay to Melbourne in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July in Melbourne, expect temperatures between 15°C during the day and 6°C at night. On the 15th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks
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Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Eureka Skydeck ©
Eureka Skydeck

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