12 days in Australia Itinerary

12 days in Australia Itinerary

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12 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Lucknow
Fly:  19​h 45​min
1
Cairns
— 1 night
bus:  1​h 15​min
2
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
+2
shuttle + Fly + shuttle:  8​h 15​min
3
Torquay
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Melbourne
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
5
Sydney
— 4 nights
Fly:  17​h 15​min
End: Lucknow

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.
On the 21st (Tue), discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed): have fun at Esplanade Lagoon Pool, trek along Esplanade Boardwalk, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Gardens.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read our Cairns online trip builder .

Lucknow, India to Cairns is an approximately 20-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. You'll lose 4 hours traveling from Lucknow to Cairns due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Lucknow in May, plan for much colder days and a bit cooler nights in Cairns: temperatures range from 32°C by day to 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can drive to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk
Botanical Gardens ©
Botanical Gardens

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Here are some ideas for day two: identify plant and animal life at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, stroll through Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

For other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read Port Douglas travel planner .

Getting from Cairns to Port Douglas by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a shuttle. In May, daytime highs in Port Douglas are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Torquay.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Tours Outdoors

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

1
day
Torquay

Torquay ©
Set against the stark but scenic coastline of the Bass Strait--the body of water separating Victoria and Tasmania--Torquay is a prime location for surfing and beach life in general.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Sat): explore and take pictures at The Great Ocean Road.

To find photos, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read Torquay travel planning app .

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Port Douglas to Torquay takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. When traveling from Port Douglas in May, plan for little chillier days in Torquay, with highs around 20°C, while nights are cooler with lows around 8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Melbourne.

Things to do in Torquay

Outdoors Scenic Drive
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The Great Ocean Road ©
The Great Ocean Road

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 26th (Sun): examine the collection at Melbourne Museum, then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Melbourne Zoo, and then admire the natural beauty at Fitzroy Gardens. On the 27th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Victoria, then get a sense of history and politics at Parliament House of Victoria, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck 88.

To find photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Melbourne trip planner.

You can drive from Torquay to Melbourne in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can travel to Sydney.

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

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: make a trip to Sydney Opera House, explore the world behind art at Art Gallery of New South Wales, take a stroll through The Rocks, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Bondi Beach.

To see ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Sydney online trip maker .

You can fly from Melbourne to Sydney in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Melbourne in May: high temperatures in Sydney hover around 24°C and lows are around 14°C. You will leave for home on the 31st (Fri).

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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