12 days in Australia Itinerary

12 days in Australia Itinerary

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12 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
1
Melbourne
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
2
Sydney
— 5 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
3
Cairns
— 3 nights
Fly:  7​h
End: Melbourne


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3
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Melbourne is known for museums, shopping, parks, nightlife, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Victoria, kick back and relax at St. Kilda Beach, and brush up on your military savvy at Shrine of Remembrance.

To find maps, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Melbourne travel route tool .

If you are flying in from India, the closest major airport is Melbourne International Airport. In December, daily temperatures in Melbourne can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

St. Kilda Beach
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Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum

5
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: see a show at Sydney Opera House, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, and see the interesting displays at Australian National Maritime Museum.

To see reviews, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Sydney trip maker app .

Getting from Melbourne to Sydney by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Traveling from Melbourne in December, plan for a bit warmer nights in Sydney, with lows around 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge

3
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Hartley's Crocodile Adventures (in Palm Cove) and Port Douglas (Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas & Safaris). Spend the 29th (Sun) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's lots more to do: hike along Esplanade Boardwalk, enjoy some diversion at Esplanade Lagoon Pool, and admire the natural beauty at Botanical Gardens.

To see ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Cairns trip builder app .

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Cairns takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Sydney in December; daily highs in Cairns reach 36°C and lows reach 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Port Douglas, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Safaris

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