12 days in Australia Itinerary

12 days in Australia Itinerary

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12 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Dehradun
Fly:  17​h 45​min
1
Perth
— 1 day
Fly:  6​h 15​min
2
Cairns
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 15​min
3
Gold Coast
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 30​min
4
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
5
Melbourne
— 3 nights
Fly:  22​h
End: Dehradun

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 24th (Mon), contemplate the waterfront views at Swan River, then steep yourself in history at The Perth Mint, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Kings Park & Botanic Garden.

To see traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Perth day trip planning tool .

Dehradun, India to Perth is an approximately 18-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Dehradun to Perth. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in December, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Perth

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

1
night
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 25th (Tue), see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On the next day, experience rural life at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures and then enjoy the sand and surf at Palm Cove Beach.

For reviews, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Cairns trip builder .

You can fly from Perth to Cairns in 6.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Perth to Cairns, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Perth in December, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 26°C in Cairns. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Adventure

Side Trip

Palm Cove
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach

1
night
Gold Coast

Gold Coast ©
A city of towering skyscrapers, sandy beaches, and tree-lined streets, Gold Coast has an unpretentious air complemented by a citywide focus on sports and the arts.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Thu): admire nature's wide array of creatures at Sea World Theme Park.

For traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Gold Coast itinerary planning website .

You can fly from Cairns to Gold Coast in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Cairns in December, expect Gold Coast to be a bit cooler, temps between 32°C and 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Zoos & Aquariums Parks Theme Parks
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Sea World Theme Park ©
Sea World Theme Park

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, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see a show at Sydney Opera House, enjoy the sand and surf at Manly Beach, take in nature's colorful creations at The Royal Botanic Garden, and take in the views from Sydney Harbour Bridge.

To find photos, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, use the Sydney day trip planning app .

You can fly from Gold Coast to Sydney in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In December, daily temperatures in Sydney can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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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

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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, parks, shopping, zoos & aquariums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, choose your vessel at Melbourne Boat Hire, learn about all things military at Shrine of Remembrance, and explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Victoria.

To see maps, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Melbourne trip app .

You can fly from Sydney to Melbourne in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Sydney in December, plan for little chillier nights in Melbourne, with lows around 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums Parks Outdoors
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Melbourne Boat Hire ©
Melbourne Boat Hire
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo

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