12 days in Australia Itinerary

12 days in Australia Itinerary

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12 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Fly:  17​h
1
Sydney
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Melbourne
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
3
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
4
Cairns
— 1 night
Fly:  16​h 30​min
End: Dhaka City

2
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, appreciate the history behind Mrs Macquarie's Chair, explore the world behind art at Art Gallery of New South Wales, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Dudley Page Reserve.

To find where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Sydney trip site .

New York City, USA to Sydney is an approximately 26-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, and train. You'll lose 15 hours traveling from New York City to Sydney due to the time zone difference. May in Sydney sees daily highs of 70°F and lows of 54°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sat): meet the residents at Melbourne Zoo and then take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens. Keep things going the next day: brush up on your military savvy at Shrine of Remembrance, take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck 88, then see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Royal Exhibition Building.

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You can fly from Sydney to Melbourne in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Sydney in May, expect Melbourne to be slightly colder, temps between 63°F and 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Museums Zoos & Aquariums
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Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo
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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Mon): trek along Uluru Hiking Path, explore the galleries of Walkatjara Art, then admire all the interesting features of Uluru, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Kuniya Walk. On your second day here, go for a walk through Lungkata Walk and then get outside with Walpa Gorge.

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Fly from Melbourne to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Melbourne in May, you will find days in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park are a bit warmer (76°F), and nights are about the same (51°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Outdoors Parks Nature
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Walpa Gorge ©
Walpa Gorge
Uluru ©
Uluru
Lungkata Walk ©
Lungkata Walk

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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Wed): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On the next day, pause for some serene contemplation at St Monica's Cathedral and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Esplanade Boardwalk.

To see reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Cairns holiday planning tool .

Traveling by flight from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Cairns takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in May: high temperatures in Cairns hover around 82°F and lows are around 69°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk
St Monica's Cathedral ©
St Monica's Cathedral

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