10 days in Australia Itinerary

10 days in Australia Itinerary

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10 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Kuala Lumpur
Fly:  11​h 15​min
1
Melbourne
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly + Shuttle:  6​h 45​min
3
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
Bus:  1​h 15​min
4
Cairns
— 2 nights
Fly:  9​h 45​min
End: Kuala Lumpur

2
nights
Melbourne

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
On the 23rd (Mon), enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck, and then admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens. On the 24th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get to know the resident critters at Melbourne Zoo, pause for some photo ops at Shrine of Remembrance, and then stroll through St. Kilda Beach.

To see traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Melbourne sightseeing planning tool .

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Melbourne is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone changes from Malaysia Time (MYT) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Victoria) (AEST), which is usually a 2 hour difference. When traveling from Kuala Lumpur in December, plan for a bit cooler days and colder nights in Melbourne: temperatures range from 30°C by day to 14°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

St. Kilda Beach
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Balloon Rides
St. Kilda Beach ©
St. Kilda Beach
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens

3
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, shopping, beaches, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, kick back and relax at Bondi Beach, take a stroll through Darling Harbour, and appreciate the extensive heritage of The Rocks.

For traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read our Sydney visit planner .

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Sydney takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Sydney when traveling from Melbourne in December, with lows around 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Featherdale Wildlife Park
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Manly Beach
Manly Beach
The Rocks ©
The Rocks

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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sat): admire nature's wide array of creatures at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then stop by With Sugar. On the 29th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: identify plant and animal life at Mossman Gorge Centre and then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas.

To find where to stay, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read our Port Douglas journey site .

You can do a combination of flight and shuttle from Sydney to Port Douglas in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In December, Port Douglas is a bit warmer than Sydney - with highs of 36°C and lows of 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to catcht the bus to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Mossman Gorge Centre
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Mossman Gorge Centre ©
Mossman Gorge Centre

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.
On the 30th (Mon), indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Trinity Beach and then kick back and relax at Palm Cove Beach.

To see traveler tips, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read our Cairns visit planner .

Getting from Port Douglas to Cairns by bus takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a shuttle. In December, daytime highs in Cairns are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Palm Cove Beach, Trinity Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach

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