12 days in Australia Itinerary

12 days in Australia Itinerary

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12 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Melbourne
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h
Cairns
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
Sydney
— 4 nights
End: Sydney

3
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Melbourne is known for museums, parks, shopping, zoos & aquariums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, don't miss a visit to Block Arcade, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Melbourne Zoo.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Melbourne online trip maker .

If you are flying in from United States, the closest major airport is Melbourne International Airport. In September, daytime highs in Melbourne are 63°F, while nighttime lows are 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can travel to Cairns.

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National Gallery of Victoria ©
National Gallery of Victoria
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo

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.
On the 7th (Fri), admire the natural beauty at Botanical Gardens and then relax in the rural setting at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures. Keep things going the next day: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find photos, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Cairns online tour planner .

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Cairns takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. When traveling from Melbourne in September, plan for somewhat warmer days in Cairns, with highs around 83°F, while nights are much warmer with lows around 66°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Cairns

#Wildlife, #Outdoors, #Adventure

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Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Botanical Gardens ©
Botanical Gardens

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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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Sun): head outdoors with Walpa Gorge, take in the awesome beauty at Kata Tjuta, and then get engrossed in the history at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre. On the 10th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: appreciate the views at Valley of the Winds and then take in the dramatic natural features at Uluru.

To find where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park online tour itinerary planner .

Traveling by flight from Cairns to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Cairns in September, Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is little chillier at night with lows of 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Tue) to allow time for travel to Sydney.

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Kata Tjuta ©
Kata Tjuta
Uluru ©
Uluru
Walpa Gorge ©
Walpa Gorge

4
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.
Sydney is known for nightlife, trails, beaches, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, take in the views from Sydney Harbour Bridge, get to know the fascinating history of The Rocks, and admire the natural beauty at The Royal Botanic Garden.

To find ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Sydney vacation builder tool .

Traveling by flight from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Sydney takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. While traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Sydney, ranging from highs of 71°F to lows of 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge

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