12 days in Australia Itinerary

12 days in Australia Itinerary

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12 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Mumbai
Fly:  16​h 45​min
1
Melbourne
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Gold Coast
— 2 nights
Fly + shuttle:  6​h
4
Port Douglas
— 1 night
bus:  1​h 15​min
5
Cairns
— 2 nights
Fly:  15​h 30​min
End: Mumbai

1
night
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 4th (Wed): learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Melbourne Zoo, then take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck, and then admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens. On the next day, see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum and then indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour.

For traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Melbourne itinerary planner .

Mumbai, India to Melbourne is an approximately 17-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Mumbai to Melbourne is 4 hours. Traveling from Mumbai in September, expect Melbourne to be colder, temps between 20°C and 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Tours Zoos & Aquariums
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Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo

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, shopping, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see a show at Sydney Opera House, enjoy the sand and surf at Bondi Beach, hike along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, and take in the dramatic natural features at Mrs Macquarie's Chair.

To see reviews, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read our Sydney route planning site .

You can fly from Melbourne to Sydney in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Traveling from Melbourne in September, things will get a bit warmer in Sydney: highs are around 25°C and lows about 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to travel to Gold Coast.

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

2
nights
Gold Coast

Gold Coast ©
A city of towering skyscrapers, sandy beaches, and tree-lined streets, Gold Coast has an unpretentious air complemented by a citywide focus on sports and the arts.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Mon): take in panoramic vistas at SkyPoint Climb, enjoy breathtaking views from SkyPoint Observation Deck, and then find something for the whole family at Sea World Theme Park. Keep things going the next day: take in nature's colorful creations at City Botanic Gardens and then get in on the family fun at Warner Bros. Movie World.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Gold Coast tour itinerary maker app .

You can fly from Sydney to Gold Coast in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In September, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Theme Parks Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

City Botanic Gardens
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Sea World Theme Park ©
Sea World Theme Park
Warner Bros. Movie World
Warner Bros. Movie World
City Botanic Gardens ©
City Botanic Gardens

1
night
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 11th (Wed): do a tasting at Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery, then identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, then identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, and finally stop by With Sugar.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Port Douglas trip planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Gold Coast to Port Douglas takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, flight, and shuttle; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Gold Coast in September; daily highs in Port Douglas reach 33°C and lows reach 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) to allow time to take a bus to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery ©
Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Thu): stop by Village Gallery and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Cairns route maker .

Getting from Port Douglas to Cairns by bus takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a shuttle. September in Cairns sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

Village Gallery
Find places to stay Sep 11 — 13:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Botanical Gardens ©
Botanical Gardens

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