12 days in Australia Itinerary

12 days in Australia Itinerary

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12 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Bengaluru
Fly:  14​h 30​min
1
Perth
— 1 day
Fly:  6​h 15​min
2
Melbourne
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 45​min
3
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 30​min
4
Cairns
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
5
Port Douglas
— 1 night
shuttle + Fly:  7​h 30​min
6
Lord Howe Island
— 1 day
Fly:  3​h 30​min
7
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly:  16​h 30​min
End: Bengaluru

1
day
Perth

Perth ©
A modern metropolis of glassy skyscrapers, waterside boulevards, and lush residential neighborhoods, Perth sits on the edge of the Swan Coastal Plain.
On the 25th (Tue), contemplate the waterfront views at Swan River, then steep yourself in history at The Perth Mint, then pause for some photo ops at Kings Park War Memorial, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Kings Park & Botanic Garden.

To find other places to visit, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Perth journey tool .

Bengaluru, India to Perth is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from India Standard Time to Australian Western Standard Time, which is usually a 2 hour difference. In December, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Perth

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Kings Park and Botanic Garden ©
Kings Park and Botanic Garden
Swan River ©
Swan River
The Perth Mint ©
The Perth Mint

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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Wed): see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum, meet the residents at Melbourne Zoo, and then admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens. On the next day, steep yourself in history at Old Melbourne Gaol, then explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Victoria, then brush up on your military savvy at Shrine of Remembrance, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck 88.

To see maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Melbourne day trip planning app .

You can fly from Perth to Melbourne in 6.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. The time zone changes from Australian Western Standard Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Victoria), which is usually a 2 hour difference. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Perth in December; daily highs in Melbourne reach 30°C and lows reach 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums Parks Historic Sites
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Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo

1
night
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 28th (Fri), hike 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 take in the dramatic natural features at Uluru.

To see maps, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park attractions planner.

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Melbourne in December, expect Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to be a bit warmer, temps between 42°C and 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Uluru ©
Uluru
Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre ©
Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre
Walkatjara Art ©
Walkatjara Art

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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Sat): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, trek along Esplanade Boardwalk, and then view the masterpieces at Bones and Jones.

For where to stay, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Cairns journey planner.

Fly from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Cairns in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. When traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in December, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Cairns: temperatures range from 36°C by day to 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk

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 (Mon): take a memorable tour with Tours.

To find photos, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Port Douglas trip planner .

Drive from Cairns to Port Douglas in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. December in Port Douglas sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) so you can travel to Lord Howe Island.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
Find places to stay Dec 30 — 31:
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Scuba & Snorkeling

1
day
Lord Howe Island

Lord Howe Island ©
Bursting out of the Tasman Sea, Lord Howe Island offers stunning scenery and many sandy beaches.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Tue): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt Gower, enjoy the sand and surf at Lagoon Beach, and then kick back and relax at Ned's Beach.

To find other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Lord Howe Island trip planner.

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Port Douglas to Lord Howe Island takes 7.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Lord Howe Island

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Ned's Beach ©
Ned's Beach
Lagoon Beach ©
Lagoon Beach
Mt Gower ©
Mt Gower

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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): see a show at Sydney Opera House, tour the pleasant surroundings at Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, tour the pleasant surroundings at Bondi Beach, then take in nature's colorful creations at The Royal Botanic Garden, and finally snap pictures at Sydney Harbour Bridge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu): wander the streets of Darling Harbour, kick back and relax at Coogee Beach, then stroll through Clovelly, and finally get to know the fascinating history of The Rocks.

For ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Sydney online sightseeing planner .

You can fly from Lord Howe Island to Sydney in 3.5 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 23°C. On the 4th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can 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 ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge

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