13 days in Australia Itinerary

13 days in Australia Itinerary

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13 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg
Fly:  14​h 45​min
1
Sydney
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
2
Brisbane
— 2 nights
Fly + shuttle:  6​h
3
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
4
Cairns
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 45​min
5
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 2 nights
Fly:  9​h 15​min
6
Perth
— 1 night
Fly:  12​h 45​min
End: Johannesburg

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.
Sydney is known for nightlife, trails, beaches, shopping, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: listen to music at Sydney Opera House, browse the eclectic array of goods at Sydney Fish Market, get to know the fascinating history of The Rocks, and admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney.

To see other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Sydney trip planner .

Johannesburg, South Africa to Sydney is an approximately 15-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Johannesburg to Sydney is 8 hours. Traveling from Johannesburg in September, expect nights in Sydney to be about the same, around 14°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Neighborhoods Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge

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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Thu): take in nature's colorful creations at Roma Street Parkland and then walk around South Bank Parklands. Here are some ideas for day two: take some stellar pictures from Mount Coot-tha Lookout and then identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary.

For photos, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Brisbane road trip planner .

Getting from Sydney to Brisbane by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In September, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Mount Coot-tha Lookout ©
Mount Coot-tha Lookout

2
nights
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 14th (Sat), look for all kinds of wild species at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On the next day, see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, and then look for gifts at With Sugar.

For maps, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read Port Douglas road trip website .

You can do a combination of flight and shuttle from Brisbane to Port Douglas in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Brisbane in September, things will get somewhat warmer in Port Douglas: highs are around 33°C and lows about 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) to allow time to take a bus to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Safaris

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 16th (Mon): trek along Esplanade Boardwalk and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Cairns travel planner.

You can take a bus from Port Douglas to Cairns in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in September, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk

2
nights
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.
On the 17th (Tue), tour the pleasant surroundings at Kuniya Walk, explore the striking landscape at Uluru, then take an in-depth tour of Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, and finally take in the pleasant sights at Lungkata Walk. Here are some ideas for day two: browse the exhibits of Walkatjara Art, take in the dramatic natural features at Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga, and then appreciate the views at Valley of the Winds.

For more things to do, photos, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip website .

Getting from Cairns to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park when traveling from Cairns in September, with lows around 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Perth.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Museums
Highlights from your plan
Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga ©
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga
Valley of the Winds ©
Valley of the Winds

1
night
Perth

Perth ©
A modern metropolis of glassy skyscrapers, waterside boulevards, and lush residential neighborhoods, Perth sits on the edge of the Swan Coastal Plain.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Thu): take in nature's colorful creations at Kings Park and Botanic Garden and then contemplate the long history of The Perth Mint.

To find more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Perth trip itinerary builder .

Fly from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Perth in 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Perth is minus 1 hour. When traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in September, plan for little chillier days in Perth, with highs around 24°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 9°C. You will leave for home on the 20th (Fri).

Things to do in Perth

Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Kings Park and Botanic Garden ©
Kings Park and Botanic Garden
The Perth Mint ©
The Perth Mint

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