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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.
Step out of Port Douglas to go to Palm Cove and see Spas, which is approximately 48 minutes away. Spend the 3rd (Mon) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's lots more to do: take an exotic tour of a safari tour, see the vivid underwater world at Opal Reef, and learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas.

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London, UK to Port Douglas is an approximately 24-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from London to Port Douglas is 10 hours. Traveling from London in April, expect Port Douglas to be much warmer, temps between 34°C and 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Cairns.
Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors · Parks
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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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Wed): take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Cairns trip itinerary app.

Traveling by car from Port Douglas to Cairns takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) to allow time to fly to Sydney.
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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, sightseeing, and beaches. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, kick back and relax at Bondi Beach, admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, and trek along Bondi to Coogee Walk.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Sydney tour planner.

You can fly from Cairns to Sydney in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Cairns in April, expect Sydney to be slightly colder, temps between 26°C and 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Melbourne.
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Melbourne — 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Sun): examine the collection at Melbourne Museum, then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Melbourne Zoo, and then take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck. On your second day here, walk around Fitzroy Gardens, then admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, then pause for some photo ops at Shrine of Remembrance, and finally make a trip to Block Arcade.

To see ratings, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Melbourne tour itinerary site.

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Melbourne takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In April, Melbourne is a bit cooler than Sydney - with highs of 23°C and lows of 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Perth.
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Perth — 2 nights

City of Light

A modern metropolis of glassy skyscrapers, waterside boulevards, and lush residential neighborhoods, Perth sits on the edge of the Swan Coastal Plain.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Tue): contemplate the long history of Fremantle Prison, then have some family-friendly fun at The Nostalgia Box Museum, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Kings Park and Botanic Garden.

For traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Perth holiday planner.

Getting from Melbourne to Perth by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) to Australian Western Standard Time (AWST) is minus 2 hours. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Melbourne in April; daily highs in Perth reach 31°C and lows reach 15°C. You will leave for home on the 12th (Wed).
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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.