12 days in Australia Itinerary

12 days in Australia Itinerary

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12 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Cairns
1
Cairns
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h
2
Sydney
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Melbourne
— 4 nights
End: Melbourne

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Cairns side-trips: Port Douglas (Safaris & Four Mile Beach) and Hartley's Crocodile Adventures (in Palm Cove). There's lots more to do: take a memorable tour with Tours, look for gifts at Annie's at the Beach, stroll through Esplanade Boardwalk, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To see traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Cairns trip planner.

If you are flying in from United States, the closest major airport is Cairns International Airport. Expect a daytime high around 85°F in October, and nighttime lows around 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Port Douglas, Palm Cove
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Safaris

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, shopping, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the landmark architecture of Sydney Opera House, examine the collection at Australian National Maritime Museum, stroll through Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, and take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney.

For where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read Sydney trip planner .

Fly from Cairns to Sydney in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In October, Sydney is slightly colder than Cairns - with highs of 76°F and lows of 59°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

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

4
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
When in Melbourne, make a side trip to see The Great Ocean Road in Torquay, approximately 1h 20 min away. There's lots more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, get your game on at Zero Latency, ponder the world of politics at Parliament House of Victoria, and admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Victoria.

For where to stay, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, use the Melbourne road trip planning app .

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 October, things will get a bit cooler in Melbourne: highs are around 69°F and lows about 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums Parks Tours

Side Trip

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

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