10 days in Australia Itinerary

10 days in Australia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Australia travel route planner

Make it your trip
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Sydney
— 3 nights
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Melbourne
— 3 nights
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Port Douglas
— 2 nights
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Cairns
— 1 night
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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, shopping, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: see a show at Sydney Opera House, take a stroll through Darling Harbour, examine the collection at Australian National Maritime Museum, and visit The Rocks.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read Sydney trip website.

Brisbane to Sydney is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Sydney can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks · Outdoors · Neighborhoods · Beaches

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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.
Melbourne is known for museums, shopping, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, examine the collection at Melbourne Museum, don't miss a visit to Block Arcade, and take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck.

To find ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read Melbourne trip planner.

Getting from Sydney to Melbourne by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Traveling from Sydney in January, expect slightly colder with lows of 17°C in Melbourne. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Wed): indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at The Deep Retreat : Deep Yoga Studio : Deep Pilates Studio, then get to know the resident critters at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, and then trot along with a tour on horseback. Here are some ideas for day two: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find photos, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Port Douglas trip planning app.

You can fly from Melbourne to Port Douglas in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Melbourne in January, with highs in Port Douglas at 37°C and lows at 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Spas
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Cairns

— 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Fri): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read our Cairns route planner.

Traveling by car from Port Douglas to Cairns takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In January in Cairns, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Cairns

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Highlights from your trip

Australia travel guide

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Beaches · Nature & Parks · Specialty Museums
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.