12 days in Australia Itinerary

12 days in Australia Itinerary

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12 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Fly:  16​h 45​min
Sydney
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
Canberra
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 45​min
Melbourne
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 30​min
Cairns
— 1 night
Fly:  18​h 15​min
End: San Francisco

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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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Sydney Opera House and Art Gallery of New South Wales. We've included these beaches for you: Bondi Beach and Coogee Beach. There's lots more to do: take a stroll through The Rocks, trek along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, admire the masterpieces at Australian Centre for Photography, and snap pictures at Sydney Harbour Bridge.

To see ratings, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Sydney itinerary planning app .

San Francisco, USA to Sydney is an approximately 17-hour flight. You can also do a combination of subway and flight; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 18 hours traveling from San Francisco to Sydney. In July, Sydney is little chillier than San Francisco - with highs of 65°F and lows of 47°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can go by car to Canberra.

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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
The Rocks ©
The Rocks
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Bondi Beach

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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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Fri): take an in-depth tour of Australian War Memorial, then don't miss a visit to Mount Ainslie Lookout, then explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Australia, and finally get a sense of history and politics at Parliament of Australia.

To find more things to do, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Canberra travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Sydney to Canberra takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Sydney in July; daily highs in Canberra reach 53°F and lows reach 31°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Melbourne.

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#Museums
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Australian War Memorial ©
Australian War Memorial
National Gallery of Australia ©
National Gallery of Australia
Parliament of Australia ©
Parliament of Australia

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Melbourne

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Melbourne Museum and Old Melbourne Gaol. On the 10th (Tue), give your taste buds a day to remember with a local gastronomic tour. Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Victoria, make a trip to Shrine of Remembrance, stroll through Melbourne Zoo, and take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens.

To see ratings, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Melbourne trip itinerary maker tool .

You can fly from Canberra to Melbourne in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Canberra in July, Melbourne is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 42°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Melbourne

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St. Kilda Beach
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Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance
National Gallery of Victoria ©
National Gallery of Victoria

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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.
On the 11th (Wed), make a trip to Uluru, get your bearings at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, and then take in the awesome beauty at Kata Tjuta.

For traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park attractions planner .

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Melbourne in July, you will find days in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park are somewhat warmer (69°F), and nights are about the same (39°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to travel to Cairns.

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Kata Tjuta ©
Kata Tjuta
Uluru ©
Uluru
Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre
Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre

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Cairns

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 12th (Thu), take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Monica's Cathedral, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Trinity Beach, and then view the masterpieces at Bones and Jones.

To see maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Cairns trip planner .

Fly from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Cairns in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. When traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in July, plan for somewhat warmer days and much hotter nights in Cairns: temperatures range from 79°F by day to 64°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Beaches

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Trinity Beach
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Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
St Monica's Cathedral ©
St Monica's Cathedral

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