13 days in Australia Itinerary

13 days in Australia Itinerary

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13 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
1
Melbourne
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Canberra
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Sydney
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
4
Gold Coast
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
5
Cairns
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
End: Melbourne

1
night
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 15th (Sat): soar above the sights with a balloon tour, then enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck, and then admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Sun): see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum, get to know the resident critters at Melbourne Zoo, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Fitzroy Gardens.

To see ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read Melbourne trip site .

The Route module shows you all the different ways you can get to Melbourne. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in February, and nighttime lows around 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can travel to Canberra.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Outdoors Tours
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Balloon Rides
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum

2
nights
Canberra

Canberra ©
A planned city with streets laid out in elaborate, geometric patterns and founded specifically to serve as the capital of the emerging Australian state, Canberra has a self-sufficient atmosphere.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Mon): contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Burley Griffin, then explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Australia, and then engage your brain at Questacon. On the next day, have some family-friendly fun at Breakr, then don't miss a visit to Mount Ainslie Lookout, then get engrossed in the history at Australian War Memorial, and finally ponder the world of politics at Parliament of Australia.

To see other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read Canberra day trip tool .

Getting from Melbourne to Canberra by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. February in Canberra sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 15°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can go by car to Sydney.

Things to do in Canberra

Museums Childrens Museums Nature
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Questacon ©
Questacon
Lake Burley Griffin ©
Lake Burley Griffin
Australian War Memorial ©
Australian War Memorial

4
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.
Family-friendly places like Bondi Beach and Sea Life Sydney Aquarium will thrill your kids. The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, take a stroll through Darling Harbour, admire the landmark architecture of Sydney Opera House, and snap pictures at Sydney Harbour Bridge.

To see maps, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Sydney tour planner.

You can drive from Canberra to Sydney in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Canberra in February, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Sydney, with lows around 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk
Manly Beach
Manly Beach

2
nights
Gold Coast

Gold Coast ©
A city of towering skyscrapers, sandy beaches, and tree-lined streets, Gold Coast has an unpretentious air complemented by a citywide focus on sports and the arts.
On the 23rd (Sun), get in on the family fun at Warner Bros. Movie World and then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Sea World Theme Park. Here are some ideas for day two: kick back and relax at Burleigh Heads Beach, stroll through Surfers Paradise Beach, and then get in on the family fun at Infinity Attraction.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Gold Coast trip itinerary planning website .

You can fly from Sydney to Gold Coast in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in February, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Theme Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Sea World Theme Park ©
Sea World Theme Park
Warner Bros. Movie World
Warner Bros. Movie World
Surfers Paradise Beach ©
Surfers Paradise Beach

2
nights
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 25th (Tue): take a memorable tour with Tours, take a leisurely stroll along The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk, and then stroll through Esplanade Boardwalk. Here are some ideas for day two: kick back and relax at Palm Cove Beach and then relax in the rural setting at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures.

For other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Cairns trip builder tool .

You can fly from Gold Coast to Cairns in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Gold Coast in February, expect Cairns to be a bit warmer, temps between 36°C and 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Palm Cove, The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk

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