12 days in Australia Itinerary

12 days in Australia Itinerary

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12 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Manila, Luzon
Fly:  10​h 30​min
1
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Melbourne
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
3
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 3 nights
Fly + shuttle:  5​h 45​min
4
Port Douglas
— 1 night
bus:  1​h 15​min
5
Cairns
— 2 nights
Fly:  10​h
End: Manila, Luzon

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.
Sydney is known for nightlife, trails, beaches, shopping, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, take a stroll through The Rocks, take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, and hunt for treasures at Sydney Fish Market.

For traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Sydney trip itinerary planner.

Manila, Philippines to Sydney is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Manila to Sydney due to the time zone difference. Expect colder temperatures when traveling from Manila in August; daily highs in Sydney reach 22°C and lows reach 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Neighborhoods Outdoors
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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

2
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
On the 26th (Mon), 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. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get to know the resident critters at Melbourne Zoo, admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Victoria, and then enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck.

To find ratings, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, use the Melbourne driving holiday planner.

Fly from Sydney to Melbourne in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Sydney in August, with highs in Melbourne at 16°C and lows at 6°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) so you can travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

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

3
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.
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is known for nature, museums, outdoors, trails, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire all the interesting features of Uluru, take in the pleasant sights at Lungkata Walk, trek along Kuniya Walk, and browse the exhibits of Walkatjara Art.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park day trip planning site .

You can fly from Melbourne to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Melbourne in August, you will find days in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park are a bit warmer (27°C), and nights are about the same (6°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) so you can travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

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Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga ©
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga
Lungkata Walk ©
Lungkata Walk

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.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Sat): look for gifts at With Sugar, take an exotic tour of a safari tour, then head outdoors with Horses in Port, and finally take a memorable tour with Tours.

For ratings, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read our Port Douglas tour itinerary maker tool .

Getting from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Port Douglas by combination of flight and shuttle takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in August; daily highs in Port Douglas reach 31°C and lows reach 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sat) so you can catcht the bus to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Horses in Port ©
Horses in Port

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 1st (Sun), learn about all things military at The Australian Armour & Artillery Museum and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Here are some ideas for day two: take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Gardens and then trek along Esplanade Boardwalk.

Make your Cairns itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Take a bus from Port Douglas to Cairns in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In August, daytime highs in Cairns are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk
Botanical Gardens ©
Botanical Gardens

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