10 days in Australia Itinerary

10 days in Australia Itinerary

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10 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
Fly:  23​h 15​min
1
Cairns
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h 15​min
2
Lord Howe Island
— 1 day
Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Sydney
— 5 nights
Fly:  25​h
End: Washington DC

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 (Sun): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Mon): relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, enjoy the sand and surf at Palm Cove Beach, and then kick back and relax at Trinity Beach.

For other places to visit, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read our Cairns road trip planning site .

Washington DC, USA to Cairns is an approximately 23.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of subway, bus, and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 15 hours traveling from Washington DC to Cairns. While traveling from Washington DC, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Cairns, ranging from highs of 79°F to lows of 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to travel to Lord Howe Island.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

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

1
day
Lord Howe Island

Lord Howe Island ©
Bursting out of the Tasman Sea, Lord Howe Island offers stunning scenery and many sandy beaches.
On the 18th (Tue), stroll through Lagoon Beach and then enjoy the sand and surf at Ned's Beach.

To find more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Lord Howe Island travel route planning app .

Traveling by flight from Cairns to Lord Howe Island takes 6.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Lord Howe Island

Beaches Parks Outdoors
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Ned's Beach ©
Ned's Beach
Lagoon Beach ©
Lagoon Beach

5
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.
You'll get in some beach time at Bondi Beach and Sydney Opera House. Next up on the itinerary: take a stroll through The Rocks, take in the views from Sydney Harbour Bridge, examine the collection at Australian National Maritime Museum, and enjoy the sand and surf at Manly Beach.

For traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Sydney trip planning site .

Traveling by flight from Lord Howe Island to Sydney takes 3.5 hours. In June, daytime highs in Sydney are 65°F, while nighttime lows are 50°F. On the 23rd (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Manly Beach
Manly Beach

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