12 days in Australia Itinerary

12 days in Australia Itinerary

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12 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Sydney
1
Sydney
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
2
Brisbane
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
3
Cairns
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Port Douglas
— 3 nights
shuttle + Fly:  6​h 45​min
End: Sydney


4
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, hike along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, wander the streets of Darling Harbour, and appreciate the extensive heritage of The Rocks.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read Sydney trip planner .

If you are flying in from United States, the closest major airport is Sydney Kingsford Smith International Airport. In March in Sydney, expect temperatures between 79°F during the day and 66°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Brisbane.

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
Brisbane

Brisbane ©
Queensland’s biggest town and state capital, Brisbane has an attractive, manicured image based around its riverside aesthetic as well as the contrast between its high-rise center and extensive urban greenery.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Wed): admire the natural beauty at Roma Street Parkland and then let little ones run wild at South Bank Parklands. On the 21st (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take some stellar pictures from Mount Coot-tha Lookout and then identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary.

To find other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Brisbane trip maker .

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Brisbane takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In March, daytime highs in Brisbane are 82°F, while nighttime lows are 68°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Fun & Games Wildlife
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South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Mount Coot-tha Lookout ©
Mount Coot-tha Lookout

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 22nd (Fri): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On the 23rd (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Gardens, then stroll through Esplanade Boardwalk, and then have fun at Esplanade Lagoon Pool.

Plan trip to Cairns with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Traveling by flight from Brisbane to Cairns takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Brisbane in March, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Cairns, with lows of 74°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can go by car to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Adventure
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk
Esplanade Lagoon Pool ©
Esplanade Lagoon Pool

3
nights
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 24th (Sun), get interesting insight from Tours. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Mon): see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour.

To find photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Port Douglas road trip planner .

You can drive from Cairns to Port Douglas in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a shuttle. In March in Port Douglas, expect temperatures between 87°F during the day and 74°F at night. On the 26th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas ©
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas

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