12 days in Australia Itinerary

12 days in Australia Itinerary

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12 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Chandigarh
Fly:  18​h 30​min
1
Melbourne
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly + shuttle:  6​h 45​min
3
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
4
Cairns
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + subway + train:  21​h
End: Chandigarh

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.
Go for a jaunt from Melbourne to Torquay to see The Great Ocean Road about 1h 20 min away. There's much more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, examine the collection at Melbourne Museum, enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck, and admire the striking features of Royal Exhibition Building.

For ratings and more tourist information, read Melbourne visit planner .

Chandigarh, India to Melbourne is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Chandigarh to Melbourne is 4 hours. October in Melbourne sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 9°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Outdoors Scenic Drive

Side Trip

The Great Ocean Road
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Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum

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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, shopping, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see a show at Sydney Opera House, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, snap pictures at Sydney Harbour Bridge, and admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney.

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You can fly from Melbourne to Sydney in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Melbourne in October; daily highs in Sydney reach 28°C and lows reach 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Neighborhoods Outdoors
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge

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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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): see the vivid underwater world at Opal Reef, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then stop by With Sugar. On the next day, relax in the rural setting at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, and then meet the residents at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas.

For reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Port Douglas trip planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Sydney to Port Douglas takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Sydney in October: high temperatures in Port Douglas hover around 34°C and lows are around 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can take a bus to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Safaris

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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 24th (Thu): take in the exciting artwork at Village Gallery and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Here are some ideas for day two: get interesting insight from Tours and then trek along Esplanade Boardwalk.

For photos, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Cairns vacation planner .

Traveling by bus from Port Douglas to Cairns takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In October, daily temperatures in Cairns can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Village Gallery
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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