12 days in Australia Itinerary

12 days in Australia Itinerary

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12 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Bengaluru
Fly:  16​h 45​min
1
Cairns
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
2
Gold Coast
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Sydney
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
4
Melbourne
— 4 nights
Fly:  16​h 30​min
End: Bengaluru

2
nights
Cairns

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.
Relax by the water at Palm Cove Beach and Trinity Beach. Get a sense of the local culture at Historic Village Herberton and Rainforest Gems Gallery & Studio. Spend the 15th (Mon) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Mossman Gorge.

For traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Cairns trip builder tool .

Bengaluru, India to Cairns is an approximately 17-hour flight. The time zone changes from India Standard Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland), which is usually a 4 hour difference. In October, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Palm Cove Beach, Mossman Gorge, Rainforest Gems Gallery & Studio, Historic Village Herberton, Trinity Beach
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Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach
Mossman Gorge ©
Mossman Gorge
Scuba & Snorkeling

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.
On the 16th (Tue), stroll through Burleigh Head National Park, then enjoy the sand and surf at Burleigh Heads Beach, and then buy something for everyone on your list at Pacific Fair Shopping Centre. On the next day, browse the different shops at Robina Town Shopping Centre, enjoy the sand and surf at Coolangatta Beach, and then revel in the low prices at Harbour Town Outlet Shopping Centre.

To see other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Gold Coast road trip app .

You can fly from Cairns to Gold Coast in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Cairns in October: high temperatures in Gold Coast hover around 29°C and lows are around 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Pacific Fair Shopping Centre ©
Pacific Fair Shopping Centre
Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Coolangatta Beach ©
Coolangatta Beach

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Thu): take a stroll through Darling Harbour, then catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, and then wander the streets of The Rocks. Keep things going the next day: browse the eclectic array of goods at Sydney Fish Market, then stop by Belle Fleur Fine Chocolates, then enjoy the sand and surf at Coogee Beach, and finally stroll through Bondi Beach.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Sydney holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Gold Coast to Sydney takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In October in Sydney, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 17°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Neighborhoods Parks Beaches
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach

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.
Get some cultural insight at Art Gallery of Ballarat and Old Melbourne Gaol. Explore hidden gems such as Portal 108 and Yarra Valley Chocolaterie & Ice Creamery. Take a break from Melbourne with a short trip to JulsIndulgence in Hepburn Springs, about 1h 50 min away. There's still lots to do: take a stroll through Melbourne Central, look for gifts at Lightning Ridge Opal Mines, see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum, and learn about all things military at Shrine of Remembrance.

For reviews, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Melbourne tour itinerary planner.

You can fly from Sydney to Melbourne in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Sydney in October, things will get little chillier in Melbourne: highs are around 24°C and lows about 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Tue) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Shopping Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Hepburn Springs, Yarra Valley Chocolaterie & Ice Creamery, Art Gallery of Ballarat, in. cube8r Gallery
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Art Gallery of Ballarat ©
Art Gallery of Ballarat
Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance
Old Melbourne Gaol ©
Old Melbourne Gaol

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