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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.
On the 25th (Sun), spend a fun day on foot with Walking tours. There's lots more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, indulge in some personalized pampering at Elite Male Massage, see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum, and make a trip to Flinders Street Station.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read Melbourne trip planner.

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Melbourne is an approximately 11-hour flight. Traveling from Kuala Lumpur to Melbourne, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Kuala Lumpur in December, expect nights in Melbourne to be colder, around 14°C, while days are slightly colder, around 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Port Douglas.
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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.
On the 26th (Mon), discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Keep things going the next day: learn about winemaking at Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery, meet the residents at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, then take an exotic tour of a safari tour, and finally take some stellar pictures from Flagstaff Hill Lookout.

To see reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read Port Douglas trip itinerary planning website.

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Port Douglas takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Melbourne in December, with highs in Port Douglas at 36°C and lows at 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) early enough to drive to Cairns.
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Cairns — 3 nights

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.
Spend the 28th (Wed) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 29th (Thu) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's still lots to do: hike along Esplanade Boardwalk, stop by Pure Synergie Skin Store, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Cairns journey planner.

Drive from Port Douglas to Cairns in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) so you can catch the flight to Sydney.
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Sydney — 4 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: don't miss a visit to Sydney Opera House, admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, appreciate the extensive heritage of The Rocks, and take a stroll through Darling Harbour.

To find photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Sydney tour itinerary planner.

Fly from Cairns to Sydney in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Cairns in December: high temperatures in Sydney hover around 32°C and lows are around 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to drive to Katoomba.
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Katoomba — 3 nights

Located off of the Great Western Highway, Katoomba is the main hub of the City of Blue Mountains.
Change things up with a short trip to Jenolan Caves in Jenolan Caves (about 1h 15 min away). And it doesn't end there: scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, take some stellar pictures from Elysian Rock Lookout, browse the different shops at Leura Mall, and don't miss a visit to Echo Point Lookout.

For traveler tips and tourist information, go to the Katoomba online vacation planner.

Getting from Sydney to Katoomba by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in January, and nighttime lows around 20°C.
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Australia travel guide

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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.