13 days in Australia Itinerary

13 days in Australia Itinerary

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13 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Queenstown
Fly:  6​h
1
Melbourne
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
2
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + foot + bus:  9​h 15​min
3
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)
— 2 nights
+2
bus + foot + Fly:  10​h 45​min
4
Palm Cove
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h
5
Sydney
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h
End: Queenstown

2
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Get a sense of the local culture at Melbourne Museum and The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at National Gallery of Victoria and Shrine of Remembrance. There's much more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, don't miss a visit to Melbourne Star Observation Wheel, see the interesting displays at National Sports Museum, and get a sense of history and politics at Parliament House of Victoria.

To find maps, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Melbourne holiday builder tool .

Queenstown, New Zealand to Melbourne is an approximately 6-hour flight. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Queenstown to Melbourne due to the time zone difference. In July in Melbourne, expect temperatures between 15°C during the day and 6°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum
Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance
National Gallery of Victoria ©
National Gallery of Victoria

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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 11th (Thu), get outside with Walpa Gorge, then make a trip to Uluru, and then identify plant and animal life at Kuniya Walk. Here are some ideas for day two: get engrossed in the history at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, take in the dramatic natural features at Kata Tjuta, and then admire the verdant scenery at Valley of the Winds.

To find where to stay, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read our Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park attractions planner.

Fly from Melbourne to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Melbourne in July: highs in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park hover around 24°C, while lows dip to 4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to travel to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park).

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga ©
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga
Valley of the Winds ©
Valley of the Winds

2
nights
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) ©
Jabiru is a town in the Northern Territory of Australia. Maguk Gorge and Nourlangie Rock are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll explore and learn at Ubirr and Jim Jim Falls. Spend the 15th (Mon) exploring nature at Kakadu National park. It doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Warradjan Cultural Centre.

For maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) online holiday builder .

Do a combination of flight and bus from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) in 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and car. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to travel to Palm Cove.

Things to do in Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Kakadu National Park
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Maguk Gorge ©
Maguk Gorge
Ubirr ©
Ubirr
Nourlangie Rock ©
Nourlangie Rock

1
night
Palm Cove

Palm Cove ©
A small community of about 1,200 people, Palm Cove sits beside the clear blue waters of the South Pacific.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Tue): stroll through Palm Cove Beach and then explore and take pictures at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures. Here are some ideas for day two: kick back and relax at Yorkeys Knob Beach, then identify plant and animal life at Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Trinity Beach.

To find photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Palm Cove online tour itinerary maker .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) to Palm Cove takes 11 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in July, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Palm Cove

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, Yorkeys Knob Beach, Trinity Beach
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Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach

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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.
Visit The Rocks and Darling Harbour for their historical value. Get some cultural insight at Sydney Opera House and Art Gallery of New South Wales. And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Bondi Beach, stroll through Manly Beach, hike along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, and snap pictures at Sydney Harbour Bridge.

To find other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Sydney attractions planner.

You can fly from Palm Cove to Sydney in 6 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Traveling from Palm Cove in July, expect Sydney to be slightly colder, temps between 21°C and 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

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

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