12 days in Australia Itinerary

12 days in Australia Itinerary

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12 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: New York City
bus + Fly:  26​h
1
Sydney
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Melbourne
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
3
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 2 nights
Fly + shuttle:  6​h
4
Port Douglas
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Cairns
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:  23​h 15​min
End: New York City

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: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, wander the streets of The Rocks, stroll through Bondi Beach, and admire the natural beauty at The Royal Botanic Garden.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Sydney route planner .

New York City, USA to Sydney is an approximately 26-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of bus, flight, and train. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales), which is usually a 15 hour difference. In December, Sydney is much hotter than New York City - with highs of 81°F and lows of 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Dec 25 — 27:
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
The Royal Botanic Garden ©
The Royal Botanic Garden
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk

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 28th (Fri), admire nature's wide array of creatures at Melbourne Zoo, take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Fitzroy Gardens. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum, then make a trip to Flinders Street Station, then admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Victoria, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck 88.

To find where to stay, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read our Melbourne day trip planning app .

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Melbourne takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Sydney in December, plan for a bit cooler nights in Melbourne, with lows around 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Melbourne

#Parks, #Museums, #Outdoors
Find places to stay Dec 27 — 29:
Highlights from your plan
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Sun): trek along Uluru Hiking Path, take an in-depth tour of Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, view the masterpieces at Walkatjara Art, then hike along Kuniya Walk, and finally explore the striking landscape at Uluru. On the 31st (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the waterfront views at Mutitjulu Waterhole, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Kata Tjuta, and then go for a walk through Field of Light.

To find photos, ratings, and tourist information, use the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Melbourne in December, things will get somewhat warmer in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park: highs are around 97°F and lows about 70°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) so you can travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors
Find places to stay Dec 29 — 31:
Highlights from your plan
Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta ©
Kata Tjuta
Mutitjulu Waterhole ©
Mutitjulu Waterhole

1
day
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 1st (Tue): get interesting insight from Tours.

For more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Port Douglas trip itinerary planner .

You can do a combination of flight and shuttle from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Port Douglas in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in January, you will find days in Port Douglas are little chillier (89°F), and nights are about the same (75°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) to allow time to drive to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

#Outdoors, #Adventure, #Tours
Find places to stay Dec 31 — Jan 1:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling

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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu): take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Monica's Cathedral and then stroll through Esplanade Boardwalk.

To see reviews, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read Cairns online trip maker .

You can drive from Port Douglas to Cairns in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. In January in Cairns, expect temperatures between 89°F during the day and 75°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Thu) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

#Outdoors, #Adventure, #Tours
Find places to stay Jan 1 — 3:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk
St Monica's Cathedral ©
St Monica's Cathedral

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