12 days in Australia Itinerary

12 days in Australia Itinerary

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12 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: New Delhi
Fly:  14​h
1
Cairns
— 1 day
bus:  1​h 15​min
2
Port Douglas
— 1 night
shuttle + Fly:  6​h
3
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 1 day
Fly:  4​h 45​min
4
Melbourne
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h
5
Broome
— 1 night
+2
Fly + foot + train:  8​h 30​min
6
Gold Coast
— 1 day
Fly:  4​h 30​min
7
Canberra
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
8
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly:  15​h 15​min
End: New Delhi

1
day
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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): let the kids burn off some steam at Muddy's Playground, then see the world from above with a helicopter tour, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Gardens.

For maps, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Cairns trip itinerary planner.

New Delhi, India to Cairns is an approximately 14-hour flight. You'll lose 4 hours traveling from New Delhi to Cairns due to the time zone difference. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from New Delhi in August: high temperatures in Cairns hover around 31°C and lows are around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) to allow time to drive to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Parks Tours Fun & Games
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Botanical Gardens ©
Botanical Gardens
Helicopter Tours

1
night
Port Douglas

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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): look for all kinds of wild species at Mossman Gorge, meet the residents at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, and then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

For where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Port Douglas trip planner .

Getting from Cairns to Port Douglas by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. In August, daily temperatures in Port Douglas can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Parks Wildlife Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Mossman Gorge Centre
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Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas ©
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas
Mossman Gorge Centre ©
Mossman Gorge Centre

1
day
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 24th (Fri), see the world from above with a helicopter tour, explore the striking landscape at Kata Tjuta, and then get outside with Walpa Gorge.

For where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park tour itinerary planning app .

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Port Douglas to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Port Douglas in August, expect nights in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to be colder, around 6°C, while days are slightly colder, around 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Outdoors Nature Parks

Side Trip

Helicopter Tours
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Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga ©
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga
Helicopter Tours
Walpa Gorge ©
Walpa Gorge

1
night
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 25th (Sat): see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum, brush up on your military savvy at Shrine of Remembrance, and then admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens. Here are some ideas for day two: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Melbourne Zoo, admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Victoria, and then enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck 88.

For maps, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Melbourne visit site .

Traveling by flight from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Melbourne takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in August, you will find days in Melbourne are a bit cooler (16°C), and nights are about the same (6°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can travel to Broome.

Things to do in Melbourne

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

1
night
Broome

Broome ©
A relaxed town of tree-shaded streets and scenic coastal stretches, Broome gained renown as a center of the pearling industry in the late 19th century.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Mon): take an in-depth tour of Broome Historical Museum, then explore the striking landscape at Gantheaume Point, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Cable Beach.

Start your trip to Broome by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

Getting from Melbourne to Broome by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (Victoria) (AEST) to Australian Western Standard Time (AWST), which is usually a -2 hour difference. Traveling from Melbourne in August, expect nights in Broome to be somewhat warmer, around 17°C, while days are much hotter, around 36°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Broome

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Cable Beach ©
Cable Beach
Broome Historical Museum ©
Broome Historical Museum
Gantheaume Point ©
Gantheaume Point

1
day
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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Tue): admire nature's wide array of creatures at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, then enjoy the sand and surf at Burleigh Heads Beach, and then find something for the whole family at Infinity Attraction.

To find photos, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, use the Gold Coast tour itinerary website .

Getting from Broome to Gold Coast by combination of flight and train takes about 8.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Broome to Gold Coast due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Broome in August, expect Gold Coast to be slightly colder, temps between 25°C and 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Canberra.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Outdoors
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Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary
Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Infinity Attraction ©
Infinity Attraction

1
night
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.
On the 29th (Wed), engage your brain at Questacon, then take an in-depth tour of Australian War Memorial, and then don't miss a visit to Mount Ainslie Lookout.

To find where to stay, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Canberra trip itinerary maker tool .

You can fly from Gold Coast to Canberra in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Gold Coast in August, things will get a bit cooler in Canberra: highs are around 15°C and lows about 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Sydney.

Things to do in Canberra

Museums Childrens Museums
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Australian War Memorial ©
Australian War Memorial
Mount Ainslie Lookout ©
Mount Ainslie Lookout
Questacon ©
Questacon

3
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.
On the 30th (Thu), enjoy the sand and surf at Bondi Beach, then trek along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, then see a show at Sydney Opera House, and finally pause for some photo ops at Mrs Macquarie's Chair. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 31st (Fri): admire the masterpieces at Brett Whiteley Studio, then admire the natural beauty at The Royal Botanic Garden, then wander the streets of The Rocks, and finally make a trip to Sydney Harbour Bridge.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Sydney tour site .

Traveling by car from Canberra to Sydney takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In August, Sydney is somewhat warmer than Canberra - with highs of 22°C and lows of 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Neighborhoods
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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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