12 days in Australia Itinerary

12 days in Australia Itinerary

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12 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
Fly:  25​h
1
Sydney
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Melbourne
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
3
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 2 nights
Fly + shuttle:  5​h 45​min
4
Port Douglas
— 1 night
bus:  1​h 15​min
5
Cairns
— 2 nights
Fly:  23​h 15​min
End: Washington DC

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Thu): make a trip to Sydney Harbour Bridge, see a show at Sydney Opera House, then admire the natural beauty at The Royal Botanic Garden, and finally get to know the fascinating history of The Rocks. On the 5th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: meet the residents at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, then enjoy the sand and surf at Bondi Beach, and then take a stroll through Darling Harbour.

To see photos, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Sydney sightseeing planner .

Washington DC, USA to Sydney is an approximately 25-hour flight. You can also do a combination of subway, bus, and flight; or do a combination of subway, bus, and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 15 hours traveling from Washington DC to Sydney. Traveling from Washington DC in July, expect Sydney to be much colder, temps between 65°F and 47°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Neighborhoods Parks Historic Sites
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney ©
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney

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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Sat): admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Victoria, learn about all things military at Shrine of Remembrance, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens. On the 7th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Melbourne Museum, then stroll through Melbourne Zoo, and then have some family-friendly fun at Zero Latency.

For photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Melbourne road trip planning app .

You can fly from Sydney to Melbourne in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Sydney in July: high temperatures in Melbourne hover around 56°F and lows are around 42°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums Parks Zoos & Aquariums
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Zero Latency ©
Zero Latency
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
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.
On the 8th (Mon), hike along Kuniya Walk, explore the activities along Mutitjulu Waterhole, then take in the dramatic natural features at Uluru, and finally trek along Uluru Hiking Path. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: head outdoors with Walpa Gorge, explore the striking landscape at Kata Tjuta, and then take an in-depth tour of Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre.

To find traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park itinerary planning website .

Getting from Melbourne to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive. While traveling from Melbourne, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, ranging from highs of 69°F to lows of 39°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga ©
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga
Uluru Hiking Path ©
Uluru Hiking Path

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.
On the 10th (Wed), look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas. Here are some ideas for day two: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, relax in the rural setting at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, and then don't miss a visit to St Mary’s by The Sea chapel.

For reviews, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Port Douglas travel route builder website .

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 July, expect nights in Port Douglas to be warmer, around 64°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 78°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas ©
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas

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 12th (Fri): look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas.

For where to stay, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Cairns road trip tool .

Getting from Port Douglas to Cairns by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a shuttle. In July in Cairns, expect temperatures between 79°F during the day and 64°F at night. On the 13th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk

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