6 days in Australia Itinerary

6 days in Australia Itinerary

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6 days in Australia Itinerary

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

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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Bondi Beach and Camp Cove. There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Sydney Opera House, admire the natural beauty at The Royal Botanic Garden, tour the pleasant surroundings at Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, and meet the residents at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium.

To see photos, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Sydney trip itinerary builder .

The Route module shows you all the different ways you can get to Sydney. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in December, and nighttime lows around 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Sea Life Sydney Aquarium ©
Sea Life Sydney Aquarium

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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Thu): stroll through Melbourne Zoo, then enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck 88, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens.

To see ratings, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Melbourne trip app .

Getting from Sydney to Melbourne by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Sydney in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Melbourne, with lows of 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Melbourne

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Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo
Eureka Skydeck 88 ©
Eureka Skydeck 88
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens

1
day
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 21st (Fri), discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For photos, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Port Douglas trip itinerary builder tool .

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Melbourne to Port Douglas takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Melbourne in December, things will get a bit warmer in Port Douglas: highs are around 36°C and lows about 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) to allow time to drive to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Adventure Outdoors Wildlife
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Scuba & Snorkeling

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 22nd (Sat): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Cairns trip builder app .

Drive from Port Douglas to Cairns in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in December, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Adventure Outdoors Wildlife
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