12 days in Australia Itinerary

12 days in Australia Itinerary

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12 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Queenstown
Fly:  6​h
1
Melbourne
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
2
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
3
Cairns
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h
4
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly:  17​h
End: San Francisco

3
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, shopping, parks, nightlife, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, meet the residents at Melbourne Zoo, savor the flavors at Food & Drink, and brush up on your military savvy at Shrine of Remembrance.

To see maps, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Melbourne holiday planner .

Queenstown, New Zealand to Melbourne is an approximately 6-hour flight. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Queenstown to Melbourne due to the time zone difference. In May, daily temperatures in Melbourne can reach 63°F, while at night they dip to 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Museums Tours
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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 4th (Sat): trek along Kuniya Walk, contemplate the waterfront views at Mutitjulu Waterhole, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Uluru. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: view the masterpieces at Walkatjara Art, then get engrossed in the history at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, then take in the awesome beauty at Kata Tjuta, and finally get outside with Walpa Gorge.

To find reviews, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park day trip planning app .

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Melbourne in May, expect nights in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to be about the same, around 51°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 76°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta ©
Kata Tjuta
Uluru Hiking Path ©
Uluru Hiking Path

3
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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Tue): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: identify plant and animal life at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures and then enjoy some diversion at Esplanade Lagoon Pool.

To find other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Cairns holiday maker .

Fly from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Cairns in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in May, expect Cairns to be somewhat warmer, temps between 82°F and 69°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Esplanade Lagoon Pool ©
Esplanade Lagoon Pool

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, meet the residents at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, examine the collection at Australian National Maritime Museum, and make a trip to Sydney Harbour Bridge.

To find out how to plan a trip to Sydney, use our trip itinerary maker.

Fly from Cairns to Sydney in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Cairns in May; daily highs in Sydney reach 70°F and lows reach 54°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney ©
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney

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