12 days in Australia Itinerary

12 days in Australia Itinerary

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12 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Kolkata (Calcutta)
Fly:  15​h 30​min
1
Cairns
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
2
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
3
Melbourne
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
4
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly:  16​h 15​min
End: Kolkata (Calcutta)

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Safaris and Esplanade Boardwalk. Venture out of the city with trips to Palm Cove (Hartley's Crocodile Adventures & Village Gallery) and Four Mile Beach (in Port Douglas). Spend the 1st (Tue) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. It doesn't end there: capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Cairns trip builder website .

Kolkata (Calcutta), India to Cairns is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from India Standard Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland), which is usually a 4 hour difference. Traveling from Kolkata (Calcutta) in October, expect Cairns to be slightly colder, temps between 34°C and 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

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

2
nights
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park ©
For quintessential Outback scenery and culture, you can't beat a holiday in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, a World Heritage Site.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sat): explore the striking landscape at Kata Tjuta, then admire the verdant scenery at Valley of the Winds, and then get great views at Uluru. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Sun): hike along Kuniya Walk, take in the dramatic natural features at Uluru, then take an in-depth tour of Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, and finally explore the galleries of Walkatjara Art.

To see reviews, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read our Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park sightseeing planner.

Getting from Cairns to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive. Traveling from Cairns in October, expect nights in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to be slightly colder, around 18°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 38°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Museums
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Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga ©
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga
Uluru ©
Uluru
Valley of the Winds ©
Valley of the Winds

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 7th (Mon): see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum, then stroll around Royal Botanic Gardens, and then enjoy the sand and surf at St. Kilda Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: look for gifts at Ambiance Gifts, then explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Victoria, and then wander the streets of Melbourne Central.

To see maps, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Melbourne trip builder site .

Traveling by flight from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Melbourne takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect much colder weather when traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in October: highs in Melbourne hover around 24°C, while lows dip to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums Parks Shopping

Side Trip

St. Kilda Beach
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Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum
National Gallery of Victoria ©
National Gallery of Victoria
St. Kilda Beach ©
St. Kilda Beach

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.
On the 9th (Wed), explore the world behind art at Art Gallery of New South Wales, then see a show at Sydney Opera House, then hike along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Bondi Beach. On the next day, hunt for treasures at Sydney Fish Market, see the interesting displays at Australian National Maritime Museum, and then wander the streets of The Rocks.

For where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Sydney sightseeing planner .

You can fly from Melbourne to Sydney in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Traveling from Melbourne in October, expect Sydney to be a bit warmer, temps between 28°C and 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Museums Parks Outdoors
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Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
The Rocks ©
The Rocks

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