10 days in Australia Itinerary

10 days in Australia Itinerary

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10 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Drive:  9​h
1
Sydney
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
2
Canberra
— 1 night
Drive:  12​h 45​min
3
Brisbane
— 2 nights
Drive:  21​h 45​min
4
Cairns
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
End: Melbourne

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): browse the eclectic array of goods at Sydney Fish Market, wander the streets of Darling Harbour, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of The Rocks. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Australian National Maritime Museum, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Clovelly, and then kick back and relax at Manly Beach.

For photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Sydney itinerary builder.

Melbourne to Sydney is an approximately 3.5-hour combination of bus, flight, and train. You can also drive; or take a train. Traveling from Melbourne in March, expect a bit warmer with lows of 22°C in Sydney. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can drive to Canberra.

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Darling Harbour ©
Darling Harbour
The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Manly Beach
Manly Beach

1
night
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.
On the 5th (Sun), engage your brain at Questacon, take an in-depth tour of Australian War Memorial, and then don't miss a visit to Mount Ainslie Lookout. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: pause for some photo ops at Australian Vietnam Forces National Memorial, admire the masterpieces at National Portrait Gallery, then explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Australia, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Burley Griffin.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Canberra travel itinerary planner.

Drive from Sydney to Canberra in 5 hours. Traveling from Sydney in March, expect slightly colder with lows of 12°C in Canberra. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can go by car to Brisbane.

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Australian War Memorial ©
Australian War Memorial
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National Gallery of Australia
Questacon ©
Questacon

2
nights
Brisbane

Brisbane ©
Queensland’s biggest town and state capital, Brisbane has an attractive, manicured image based around its riverside aesthetic as well as the contrast between its high-rise center and extensive urban greenery.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Tue): admire the masterpieces at Queensland Art Gallery, examine the collection at Queensland Museum & Sciencentre, and then explore and take pictures at Suncorp Stadium. Keep things going the next day: admire the masterpieces at Gallery of Modern Art, then explore the world behind art at Queensland Performing Arts Centre, and then kick back and relax at Shorncliffe Beach.

For where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Brisbane online itinerary creator.

You can do a combination of train and flight from Sydney to Brisbane in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in March, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to travel to Cairns.

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Gallery of Modern Art ©
Gallery of Modern Art
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Queensland Art Gallery
Queensland Museum & Sciencentre ©
Queensland Museum & Sciencentre

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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Fri): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the different monuments and memorials at McLeod Street Pioneer Cemetery, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Monica's Cathedral, hunt for treasures at Cairns Night Markets, then shop like a local with Underart Gallery, and finally explore the world behind art at Samurai Gallery Australia.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Cairns custom trip planner.

Traveling by combination of train, flight, and taxi from Brisbane to Cairns takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Cairns when traveling from Brisbane in March, with lows around 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

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St Monica's Cathedral ©
St Monica's Cathedral
Samurai Gallery Australia ©
Samurai Gallery Australia

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