12 days in Australia Itinerary

12 days in Australia Itinerary

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12 days in Australia Itinerary

Melbourne
Fly:  3​h 30​min
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
Brisbane
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
Gold Coast
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
Cairns
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h
Melbourne

3
days
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.
You'll get in some beach time at Bondi Beach and Clovelly. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Sydney Opera House and The Rocks. Spend the 31st (Tue) exploring nature at Sydney Harbour National Park. It doesn't end there: trek along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk and take in the views from Sydney Harbour Bridge.

To see ratings, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Sydney trip planner.

Melbourne to Sydney is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. When traveling from Melbourne in July, plan for somewhat warmer days in Sydney, with highs around 21°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to travel to Brisbane.

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

1
day
Brisbane

Brisbane ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Wed): identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary.

To see photos, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Brisbane day trip planning site .

You can fly from Sydney to Brisbane in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In August, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can travel to Gold Coast.

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Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
GOMA ©
GOMA
Roma Street Parkland ©
Roma Street Parkland

2
days
Gold Coast

Gold Coast ©
A city of towering skyscrapers, sandy beaches, and tree-lined streets, Gold Coast has an unpretentious air complemented by a citywide focus on sports and the arts.
On the 3rd (Fri), tour the pleasant surroundings at Coolangatta Beach, stroll through Burleigh Head National Park, and then kick back and relax at Burleigh Heads Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: kick back and relax at Kirra Beach, then meet the residents at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, and then tee off at Surfers Paradise Golf Club.

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Traveling by car from Brisbane to Gold Coast takes 1.5 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Gold Coast can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can travel to Cairns.

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Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Coolangatta Beach ©
Coolangatta Beach
Kirra Beach ©
Kirra Beach

4
days
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.
Visiting Trinity Beach and Palm Cove Beach will get you outdoors. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Mossman Gorge and Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas. Explore Cairns' surroundings by going to Australian Butterfly Sanctuary (in Kuranda) and Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery (in Mossman). Spend the 6th (Mon) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Next up on the itinerary: take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Gardens, look for gifts at Australian Leather Company, see the world from above with a helicopter tour, and identify plant and animal life at Tablelands, Waterfalls, and Spanish Castle.

To see ratings, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Cairns trip itinerary planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Gold Coast to Cairns. Traveling from Gold Coast in August, expect Cairns to be a bit warmer, temps between 31°C and 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, Trinity Beach, Palm Cove Beach, Mossman Gorge, Australian Butterfly Sanctuary
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Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach

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