12 days in Australia Itinerary

12 days in Australia Itinerary

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12 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Cardiff
Fly:  26​h
1
Cairns
— 1 day
bus:  1​h 15​min
2
Port Douglas
— 1 night
shuttle + Fly:  5​h 45​min
3
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 1 day
Fly:  5​h 30​min
4
Sydney
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
5
Melbourne
— 3 nights
Fly:  26​h
End: Cardiff

1
day
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 30th (Mon): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Cairns sightseeing site .

Cardiff, UK to Cairns is an approximately 26-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 10 hours traveling from Cardiff to Cairns. In December, Cairns is much warmer than Cardiff - with highs of 36°C and lows of 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can drive to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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Scuba & Snorkeling

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 31st (Tue): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see more things to do, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read Port Douglas trip planner .

Traveling by car from Cairns to Port Douglas takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. In December in Port Douglas, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
Find places to stay Dec 30 — 31:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling

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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Wed): hike along Kuniya Walk, explore the activities along Mutitjulu Waterhole, take in the dramatic natural features at Uluru, then take in the exciting artwork at Walkatjara Art, and finally take an in-depth tour of Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre.

For more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park online travel planner .

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Port Douglas to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 6 hours. Another option is to drive. Traveling from Port Douglas in January, expect nights in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to be about the same, around 26°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 43°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Museums
Find places to stay Dec 31 — Jan 1:
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Uluru ©
Uluru
Mutitjulu Waterhole ©
Mutitjulu Waterhole
Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre ©

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: admire the striking features of Sydney Opera House, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, take a stroll through Darling Harbour, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Bondi Beach.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Sydney trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Sydney takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in January, expect Sydney to be slightly colder, temps between 32°C and 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Beaches Outdoors
Find places to stay Jan 1 — 4:
Highlights from your plan
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney ©
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney

3
nights
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, zoos & aquariums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, make a trip to Flinders Street Station, enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, and admire the landmark architecture of Royal Exhibition Building.

To see photos, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Melbourne trip itinerary site .

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Melbourne takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Sydney in January since evenings lows in Melbourne dip to 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Museums Tours
Find places to stay Jan 4 — 7:
Highlights from your plan
Balloon Rides
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo

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