30 days in Pakistan & Australia Itinerary

30 days in Pakistan & Australia Itinerary

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Lahore, Pakistan
— 1 night
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Skardu, Pakistan
— 1 night
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Hunza, Pakistan
— 1 night
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Islamabad, Pakistan
— 3 nights
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Karachi, Pakistan
— 1 night
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Perth, Australia
— 2 nights
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Melbourne, Australia
— 5 nights
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Sydney, Australia
— 5 nights
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Brisbane, Australia
— 4 nights
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Cairns, Australia
— 4 nights
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Lahore, Pakistan — 1 night

Seen by many to be the most forward-thinking, culturally important, and artistic of the country's metropolises, Lahore has plenty of charms, plenty of history, and plenty of people.
On the 20th (Thu), enjoy the scholastic atmosphere at Convent of Jesus and Mary, Lahore, stroll through Jehangir's Tomb & Kamran's Baradari Pavilion, ponder the design of Tomb of Hafiz Jalandhri, then admire the striking features of Gurudwara Dera Sahib, and finally admire the natural beauty at Shalimar Bagh (Shalimar Gardens). Keep things going the next day: appreciate the history behind Zamzama Gun, then contemplate the long history of Badshahi Mosque, then step into the grandiose world of Lahore Fort, and finally walk around Bagh-e-Jinnah.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Lahore trip planner.

If you are flying in from Pakistan, the closest major aiport is Alama Iqbal International Airport. In October, daily temperatures in Lahore can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to fly to Skardu.
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Historic Sites · Parks
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Skardu, Pakistan — 1 night

Little Tibet

The notable peaks that surround Skardu may be rugged, daunting, and otherworldly, but the imposing reputation of its most famous natural attractions belies the more fertile, diverse, and homely aspects of the town.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): contemplate the waterfront views at Upper Kachura Lake and then take in the dramatic scenery at Manthokha Waterfall.

To see reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Skardu travel planner.

Traveling by flight from Lahore to Skardu takes 3.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to go by car to Hunza.
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Parks · Nature
Find places to stay Oct 21 — 22:

Hunza, Pakistan — 1 night

A tour of Hunza lets you discover a mountainous valley surrounded by massive snowcapped Himalayan peaks.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): admire the verdant scenery at Hunza Valley, step into the grandiose world of Baltit Fort, and then explore the activities along Hunza River.

To see maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read Hunza trip builder.

Traveling by car from Skardu to Hunza takes 4.5 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to Islamabad.
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Parks · Nature · Historic Sites
Side Trip
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Islamabad, Pakistan — 3 nights

The country's capital since 1963, Islamabad has the look and feel of a planned administrative city because, by and large, that's exactly what it is.
Islamabad is known for sightseeing, historic sites, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take some stellar pictures from Margalla Hills, examine the collection at Pakistan Monument Museum, appreciate the history behind Pakistan monument, and get outside with Trail 3.

For photos, maps, and other tourist information, read our Islamabad online travel route planner.

Fly from Hunza to Islamabad in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Hunza in October, things will get a bit warmer in Islamabad: highs are around 36°C and lows about 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight to Karachi.
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Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors
Find places to stay Oct 23 — 26:

Karachi, Pakistan — 1 night

City of Lights

Sprawling, busy, and central to the nation's economy, Karachi stands as one of the biggest and most populous cities in the world.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Thu): get a sense of history and politics at High Court Building, then contemplate the long history of TDF Ghar, and then get engrossed in the history at Mohatta Palace Museum.

For maps, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Karachi itinerary app.

Traveling by flight from Islamabad to Karachi takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and train. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Islamabad in October: high temperatures in Karachi hover around 41°C and lows are around 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to travel to Perth.
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Historic Sites · Museums
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Perth, Australia — 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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sat): contemplate the long history of The Perth Mint, take in nature's colorful creations at Kings Park and Botanic Garden, and then appreciate the history behind State War Memorial. Here are some ideas for day two: steep yourself in history at Fremantle Prison.

For where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Perth road trip planning tool.

Explore your travel options from Karachi to Perth with the Route module. The time zone difference when traveling from Karachi to Perth is 3 hours. Traveling from Karachi in October, things will get colder in Perth: highs are around 28°C and lows about 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Sun) to allow time for the flight to Melbourne.
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Historic Sites · Parks · Museums
Side Trip
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Melbourne, Australia — 5 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.
Dedicate the 2nd (Wed) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. And it doesn't end there: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, and pause for some photo ops at Shrine of Remembrance.

To see where to stay and other tourist information, refer to the Melbourne trip planning website.

Traveling by flight from Perth to Melbourne takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Perth to Melbourne, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Perth in October, you will find days in Melbourne are slightly colder (24°C), and nights are about the same (9°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can catch the flight to Sydney.
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Tours · Parks · Wineries · Museums
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Sydney, Australia — 5 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.
Get out of town with these interesting Sydney side-trips: Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum (in Faulconbridge), The Three Sisters (in Katoomba) and Everglades House & Gardens (in Leura). There's much more to do: see a show at Sydney Opera House, snap pictures at Sydney Harbour Bridge, take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, and observe the fascinating underwater world at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium.

For other places to visit, photos, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Sydney attractions planner.

You can fly from Melbourne to Sydney in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Traveling from Melbourne in November, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Sydney, with lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to fly to Brisbane.
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Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Neighborhoods
Side Trips
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Brisbane, Australia — 4 nights

Australia's New World City

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Sea World Theme Park (in Main Beach), Mooloolaba (Boat Tours & Water Sports & Mooloolaba Beach) and Atrium Gallery at Buderim Craft Cottage (in Buderim). There's lots more to do: walk around South Bank Parklands, get great views at Mount Coot-Tha Summit Lookout, visit a coastal fixture at Caloundra Lighthouses, and identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Brisbane trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Brisbane takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 31°C, and evening lows to 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to Cairns.
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Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Theme Parks · Outdoors
Side Trips
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Cairns, Australia — 4 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.
Get out of town with these interesting Cairns side-trips: Spas (in Palm Cove) and Port Douglas (Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas & Safaris). Spend the 15th (Tue) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 16th (Wed) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's more to do: trek along Esplanade Boardwalk and take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Gardens.

To find ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Cairns road trip app.

Traveling by flight from Brisbane to Cairns takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In November, Cairns is a bit warmer than Brisbane - with highs of 36°C and lows of 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.
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Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks
Side Trips
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Pakistan travel guide

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Landmarks · Shopping Malls · Historic Sites
Occupying territory inhabited since prehistoric times, Pakistan saw more than its share of ancient invaders, from the Bronze Age civilizations that thrived in the Indus Valley to the armies of Alexander of Macedonia. Each culture left a deep mark on the country's cultural heritage, shaping its religious traditions, art, and cuisine. Because of continued political instability in the region, few casual travelers consider a trip to Pakistan for pleasure, yet the intrepid explorers who do will discover a land blessed with numerous natural and cultural treasures. While thriving cities lie in the country's south, the remote and rarely visited north remains a wild frontier of soaring mountain ranges, which include K2, the world's second-highest mountain.
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Australia travel guide

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Beaches · Wildlife Areas · Gardens
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.
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