12 days in Australia Itinerary

12 days in Australia Itinerary

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12 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Philadelphia
Fly:  26​h
1
Sydney
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Melbourne
— 2 nights
Fly + shuttle:  6​h 30​min
3
Port Douglas
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
4
Cape Tribulation
— 1 night
Travel:  5​h 15​min
5
Lizard Island
— 1 night
Travel:  7​h
6
Cairns
— 2 nights
Fly:  25​h
End: Philadelphia

2
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: don't miss a visit to Sydney Opera House, wander the streets of The Rocks, tour the pleasant surroundings at Manly Beach, and take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney.

To find maps, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Sydney road trip tool .

Philadelphia, USA to Sydney is an approximately 26-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train, subway, bus, and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Philadelphia to Sydney is 15 hours. Traveling from Philadelphia in April, expect Sydney to be somewhat warmer, temps between 73°F and 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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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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Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sat): learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Melbourne Zoo, take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck 88, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens. Keep things going the next day: take in nature's colorful creations at Fitzroy Gardens, brush up on your military savvy at Shrine of Remembrance, and then examine the collection at Melbourne Museum.

Planning Melbourne trip won't be overwheling when you use's Insprock itinerary maker.

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Melbourne takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Sydney in April: high temperatures in Melbourne hover around 68°F and lows are around 50°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Museums Zoos & Aquariums
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Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum

1
night
Port Douglas

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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Mon): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For maps, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read Port Douglas route maker tool .

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Melbourne to Port Douglas takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. When traveling from Melbourne in April, plan for a bit warmer days in Port Douglas, with highs around 85°F, while nights are much hotter with lows around 71°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Cape Tribulation.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Scuba & Snorkeling

1
night
Cape Tribulation

Cape Tribulation ©
A lush headland that's part of the forested Daintree Region, Cape Tribulation was so named by Lieutenant--later Captain--Cook in 1770, when his ship ran aground in the area.
On the 21st (Tue), kick back and relax at Cape Tribulation Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Myall Beach, and then admire the sheer force of Alexandra Bay Waterfall.

For photos, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Cape Tribulation trip planning app .

Traveling by car from Port Douglas to Cape Tribulation takes 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 85°F in April, and nighttime lows around 71°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Lizard Island.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Myall Beach ©
Myall Beach
Cape Tribulation Beach ©
Cape Tribulation Beach

1
night
Lizard Island

Lizard Island
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): explore the striking landscape at Cod Hole.

For ratings, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read Lizard Island itinerary planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Cape Tribulation to Lizard Island. On the 22nd (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Lizard Island

Nature Parks
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To plan Cairns vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Lizard Island to Cairns. April in Cairns sees daily highs of 85°F and lows of 72°F at night. On the 24th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Esplanade Lagoon Pool ©
Esplanade Lagoon Pool

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