13 days in Australia Itinerary

13 days in Australia Itinerary

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13 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Bengaluru
Fly:  16​h 30​min
1
Melbourne
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Sydney
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
3
Brisbane
— 2 nights
Drive + ferry:  5​h 15​min
4
Magnetic Island
— 1 day
ferry:  30​min
5
Townsville
— 1 night
Fly + shuttle:  4​h 30​min
6
Port Douglas
— 3 nights
shuttle + Fly:  15​h 45​min
End: Bengaluru

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Eastern Beach Reserve and St. Kilda Beach. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Old Melbourne Gaol and Federation Square. Venture out of the city with trips to Ocean Beach (in Nelson), Portsea Back Beach (in Portsea) and 13th Beach (in Barwon Heads). There's still lots to do: get engrossed in the history at Immigration Museum.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read our Melbourne trip planning tool .

Bengaluru, India to Melbourne is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Bengaluru to Melbourne is 4 hours. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Melbourne when traveling from Bengaluru in December, with lows around 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Ocean Beach, 13th Beach, Portsea Back Beach, St. Kilda Beach, Eastern Beach Reserve
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Eastern Beach Reserve ©
Eastern Beach Reserve
St. Kilda Beach ©
St. Kilda Beach
13th Beach ©
13th Beach

2
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 27th (Thu): examine the collection at Hyde Park Barracks Museum, see the interesting displays at Australian National Maritime Museum, enjoy the sand and surf at Balmoral Beach, Mosman, then enjoy the sand and surf at Shelly Beach, and finally kick back and relax at Clovelly. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Fri): admire the masterpieces at Art Gallery of New South Wales, then enjoy the sand and surf at Camp Cove, then explore the activities along Watson's Bay, and finally kick back and relax at Bronte Beach.

For more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Sydney tour itinerary planner .

Getting from Melbourne to Sydney by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Melbourne in December, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Sydney, with lows around 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Balmoral Beach, Mosman, Bronte Beach, Shelly Beach
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Shelly Beach ©
Shelly Beach
Balmoral Beach, Mosman ©
Balmoral Beach, Mosman
Watson's Bay ©
Watson's Bay

2
nights
Brisbane

Brisbane ©
Queensland’s biggest town and state capital, Brisbane has an attractive, manicured image based around its riverside aesthetic as well as the contrast between its high-rise center and extensive urban greenery.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sat): examine the collection at Museum of Brisbane, make a trip to City Hall, and then kick back and relax at Dicky Beach. On the 30th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the world behind art at Queensland Art Gallery, then examine the collection at Queensland Museum & Sciencentre, and then explore the world behind art at GOMA.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Brisbane trip tool .

Getting from Sydney to Brisbane by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in December, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to travel to Magnetic Island.

Things to do in Brisbane

Museums Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Dicky Beach
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Museum of Brisbane ©
Museum of Brisbane
Queensland Museum & Sciencentre ©
Queensland Museum & Sciencentre
Queensland Art Gallery ©
Queensland Art Gallery

1
day
Magnetic Island

Magnetic Island ©
Start off your visit on the 31st (Mon): tour the water at your own pace with Big Mama Sailing, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Geoffrey Bay, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Magnetic Island Forts Walk.

To find ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Magnetic Island day trip site .

Getting from Brisbane to Magnetic Island by combination of flight and ferry takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Brisbane in December: high temperatures in Magnetic Island hover around 37°C and lows are around 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) so you can catch the ferry to Townsville.

Things to do in Magnetic Island

Outdoors Adventure Wildlife
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Geoffrey Bay ©
Geoffrey Bay

1
night
Townsville

Townsville ©
Tucked snugly beneath a steep, craggy mount--known as Castle Hill--the vibrant city of Townsville is as picturesque as its backdrop.
On the 1st (Tue), step off the mainland to explore Museum of Tropical Queensland, tour the pleasant surroundings at The Strand, and then go for a walk through Castle Hill.

For more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, use the Townsville sightseeing planner.

Townsville is very close to Magnetic Island. December in Townsville sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Townsville

Parks Outdoors Museums
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The Strand ©
The Strand
Castle Hill
Castle Hill
Museum of Tropical Queensland ©
Museum of Tropical Queensland

3
nights
Port Douglas

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 2nd (Wed): look for gifts at Coffee Works, look for all kinds of wild species at Mossman Gorge, then view the masterpieces at Janbal Gallery, and finally meet the residents at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the gorgeous colors at Agincourt Reef and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Palm Cove Beach.

To see traveler tips, ratings, maps, and tourist information, use the Port Douglas trip itinerary planning site .

Do a combination of flight and shuttle from Townsville to Port Douglas in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. January in Port Douglas sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 28°C at night. On the 4th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Mossman Gorge, Palm Cove Beach, Janbal Gallery
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Mossman Gorge ©
Mossman Gorge
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach
Agincourt Reef ©
Agincourt Reef

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