13 days in Australia Itinerary

13 days in Australia Itinerary

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13 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Dallas
Fly:  21​h 45​min
1
Cairns
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Port Douglas
— 1 night
shuttle + Fly:  5​h 45​min
3
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 45​min
4
Melbourne
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
5
Sydney
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + foot + tram:  19​h 15​min
End: Dallas

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 24th (Mon): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the natural beauty at Botanical Gardens, then stroll through Esplanade Boardwalk, and then enjoy some diversion at Esplanade Lagoon Pool.

For more things to do, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Cairns trip itinerary maker app .

Dallas, USA to Cairns is an approximately 22-hour flight. You can also do a combination of tram and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) (AEST) is 16 hours. Traveling from Dallas in December, things will get warmer in Cairns: highs are around 88°F and lows about 73°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can go by car to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Adventure Wildlife
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk
Esplanade Lagoon Pool ©
Esplanade Lagoon Pool

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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Wed): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For maps, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Port Douglas route builder .

You can drive from Cairns to Port Douglas in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 88°F in December, and nighttime lows around 73°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Adventure Wildlife Tours
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Scuba & Snorkeling

1
night
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park ©
For quintessential Outback scenery and culture, you can't beat a holiday in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, a World Heritage Site.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Thu): identify plant and animal life at Kuniya Walk, contemplate the waterfront views at Mutitjulu Waterhole, then take in the dramatic natural features at Uluru, and finally trek along Uluru Hiking Path. On the next day, take in the exciting artwork at Walkatjara Art, take an in-depth tour of Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Kata Tjuta, and finally head outdoors with Walpa Gorge.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip itinerary builder app .

Getting from Port Douglas to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park by combination of shuttle and flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive. When traveling from Port Douglas in December, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park: temperatures range from 97°F by day to 70°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Find places to stay Dec 26 — 28:
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Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta ©
Kata Tjuta
Mutitjulu Waterhole ©
Mutitjulu Waterhole

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.
Melbourne is known for museums, parks, shopping, zoos & aquariums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, meet the residents at Melbourne Zoo, don't miss a visit to Flinders Street Station, and take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck 88.

To see photos, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Melbourne online sightseeing planner .

Getting from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Melbourne by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in December; daily highs in Melbourne reach 78°F and lows reach 54°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Museums Historic Sites
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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.
Take a break from Sydney with a short trip to Shelly Beach in Manly, about 36 minutes away. The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Sydney Opera House, wander the streets of Darling Harbour, enjoy the sand and surf at Manly Beach, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk.

To find ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Sydney itinerary website .

You can fly from Melbourne to Sydney in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Sydney when traveling from Melbourne in December, with lows around 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Shelly Beach
Find places to stay Dec 31 — Jan 3:
Highlights from your plan
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
The Royal Botanic Garden ©
The Royal Botanic Garden
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©

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