13 days in Australia Itinerary

13 days in Australia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Australia holiday planner

Make it your trip
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Melbourne
— 3 nights
Fly
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Sydney
— 3 nights
Drive
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Katoomba
— 2 nights
Train to Sydney, Fly to Port Douglas
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Port Douglas
— 2 nights
Drive
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Cairns
— 2 nights
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Melbourne

— 3 nights

Australia's Garden City

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Dedicate the 3rd (Wed) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's still lots to do: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, examine the collection at Melbourne Museum, meet the residents at Melbourne Zoo, and pause for some photo ops at Shrine of Remembrance.

To find where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Melbourne driving holiday planner.

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Melbourne is an approximately 11-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Kuala Lumpur to Melbourne. When traveling from Kuala Lumpur in November, plan for a bit cooler days in Melbourne, with highs around 26°C, while nights are cooler with lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) to allow time to fly to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Tours · Wineries · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

Sydney

— 3 nights

The Harbour City

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, beaches, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, trek along Bondi to Coogee Walk, and snap pictures at Sydney Harbour Bridge.

To find maps, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Sydney holiday maker site.

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Sydney takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Sydney when traveling from Melbourne in November, with lows around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Katoomba.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks · Neighborhoods · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Katoomba

— 2 nights
Located off of the Great Western Highway, Katoomba is the main hub of the City of Blue Mountains.
On the 9th (Tue), admire the natural beauty at The Campbell Rhododendron Gardens, then make a trip to Gallery Blackheath, then admire the sheer force of Wentworth Falls Lookout, and finally get to know the fascinating history of The National Pass. Here are some ideas for day two: scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, then pause for some photo ops at The Road Builders Memorial, and then get great views at The Three Sisters.

For more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Katoomba day trip planner.

You can drive from Sydney to Katoomba in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In November in Katoomba, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Katoomba

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Nature

Side Trips

Port Douglas

— 2 nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Thu): get great views at Flagstaff Hill Lookout, don't miss a visit to St Mary’s by The Sea chapel, and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Opal Reef, then get to know the resident critters at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, and then take an exotic tour of a safari tour.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, use the Port Douglas online trip itinerary maker.

Do a combination of train and flight from Katoomba to Port Douglas in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Katoomba in November since evenings lows in Port Douglas dip to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can drive to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Parks

Cairns

— 2 nights

The Gateway to the Great Barrier Reef

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.
On the 13th (Sat), discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Cairns trip planning site.

You can drive from Port Douglas to Cairns in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. November in Cairns sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 26°C at night. On the 14th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Trails

Australia travel guide

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Beaches · Gardens · Wildlife Areas
Australia is a country of breathtaking beauty and unforgettable adventure. From coast to coast you’ll find ancient rainforests, towering cities, stunning outback landscapes and white sand beaches. It’s not only the scenery that varies here, but also the lifestyle. Lay back and relax within a coastal paradise, explore the bustling laneways of a lively metropolis, or feed your sense of adventure in the most remote and remarkable pockets of the country. Whether you’re connecting with Aboriginal culture, tasting seafood straight from the ocean, or diving with gentle whale sharks, you’ll discover why there’s nothing like Australia.