12 days in Australia Itinerary

12 days in Australia Itinerary

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12 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Chicago
Fly:  22​h 30​min
1
Melbourne
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
2
Queenstown
— 1 day
Fly:  8​h 30​min
3
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h
4
Cairns
— 2 nights
Fly:  22​h
End: Chicago


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.
Melbourne is known for museums, parks, shopping, zoos & aquariums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Victoria, see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Melbourne Zoo.

Find out how to plan Melbourne trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.

Chicago, USA to Melbourne is an approximately 22.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Victoria), which is usually a 16 hour difference. Traveling from Chicago in December, things will get much warmer in Melbourne: highs are around 78°F and lows about 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to travel to Queenstown.

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

1
day
Queenstown

Queenstown ©
The pink and grey hue of the mountains surrounding Queenstown is due to unique mineral deposits in the sediment.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Thu): admire the sheer force of Hogarth Falls, examine the collection at Eric Thomas Galley Museum, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Nelson Falls.

To find reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Queenstown visit planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Melbourne to Queenstown. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Queenstown

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

Hogarth Falls
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Nelson Falls ©
Nelson Falls
Hogarth Falls ©
Hogarth Falls

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, take a stroll through Darling Harbour, meet the residents at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, and kick back and relax at Coogee Beach.

To see photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Sydney travel itinerary planner .

Explore your travel options from Queenstown to Sydney with the Route module. In December, daily temperatures in Sydney can reach 81°F, while at night they dip to 65°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough 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 ©
The Royal Botanic Garden ©
The Royal Botanic Garden

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 11th (Tue): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Keep things going the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Monica's Cathedral and then relax in the rural setting at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures.

For traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read Cairns tour itinerary maker tool .

Getting from Sydney to Cairns by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. In December, Cairns is somewhat warmer than Sydney - with highs of 88°F and lows of 73°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife Outdoors Adventure

Side Trip

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
St Monica's Cathedral ©
St Monica's Cathedral

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