12 days in Australia Itinerary

12 days in Australia Itinerary

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12 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Phoenix
Fly:  20​h 30​min
1
Sydney
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 15​min
2
Adelaide
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 45​min
3
Coober Pedy
— 1 night
Drive:  7​h
4
Alice Springs
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 15​min
5
Katherine
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
6
Darwin
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 15​min
7
Cairns
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
8
Penrith
— 2 nights
Fly:  22​h 45​min
End: Phoenix

1
night
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 2nd (Wed), admire the masterpieces at Manly Art Gallery and Museum and then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: visit a coastal fixture at Barrenjoey Lighthouse, look for all kinds of wild species at The Crommelin Native Arboretum, and then identify plant and animal life at North Head Sanctuary.

To see ratings, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Sydney road trip app .

Phoenix, USA to Sydney is an approximately 20.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Phoenix to Sydney is 17 hours. Traveling from Phoenix in October, things will get slightly colder in Sydney: highs are around 76°F and lows about 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can travel to Adelaide.

Things to do in Sydney

Wildlife Parks Tours

Side Trips

Manly, The Crommelin Native Arboretum, Barrenjoey Lighthouse
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
North Head Sanctuary ©
North Head Sanctuary
Barrenjoey Lighthouse ©
Barrenjoey Lighthouse

1
night
Adelaide

Adelaide ©
Adelaide exists contentedly as a cultured, diverse, and attractive city with a laid-back center, leafy residential districts, and an underlying cosmopolitan atmosphere.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Fri): get engrossed in the history at Glenelg Visitor Centre, examine the collection at Bay Discovery Centre, then let little ones run wild at Thorndon Park, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of St Francis Xavier Cathedral.

For ratings, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Adelaide holiday app .

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Adelaide takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Sydney in October, Adelaide is little chillier at night with lows of 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can travel to Coober Pedy.

Things to do in Adelaide

Museums Fun & Games Wildlife

Side Trips

Glenelg, Thorndon Park
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Bay Discovery Centre ©
Bay Discovery Centre
Thorndon Park ©
Thorndon Park
St Francis Xavier Cathedral ©
St Francis Xavier Cathedral

1
night
Coober Pedy

Coober Pedy
The population of Coober Pedy exploded after the discovery of opals in 1915.
To see where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Coober Pedy visit site .

Getting from Adelaide to Coober Pedy by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Adelaide in October: high temperatures in Coober Pedy hover around 88°F and lows are around 60°F. You will leave for Alice Springs on the 5th (Sat).

Things to do in Coober Pedy

Tours Outdoors Parks
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1
night
Alice Springs

Alice Springs ©
Situated right in the heart of Australia, Alice Springs serves as an urban oasis deep within the country’s parched, desert-like Red Center.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sat): explore the world behind art at Araluen Cultural Precinct, then get engrossed in the history at National Pioneer Women's Hall of Fame & Old Alice Springs Gaol, then explore the striking landscape at The Emily and Jessie Gaps Nature Park, and finally get outside with Simpsons Gap.

To see more things to do, photos, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Alice Springs trip planner .

Drive from Coober Pedy to Alice Springs in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 90°F in October, and nighttime lows around 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can travel to Katherine.

Things to do in Alice Springs

Museums Outdoors Nature
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Araluen Cultural Precinct ©
Araluen Cultural Precinct
Simpsons Gap ©
Simpsons Gap

1
night
Katherine

Katherine ©
Katherine is a town in Northern Territory, Australia. Start off your visit on the 6th (Sun): browse the exhibits of Top Didj Cultural Experience & Art Gallery, then examine the collection at Katherine Museum, then take in the natural beauty of Katherine Hot Springs, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Low Level Nature Reserve.

To find more things to do, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Katherine vacation planning site .

You can fly from Alice Springs to Katherine in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Alice Springs in October: high temperatures in Katherine hover around 100°F and lows are around 73°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can drive to Darwin.

Things to do in Katherine

Museums Shopping Parks
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Katherine Museum ©
Katherine Museum
Low Level Nature Reserve ©
Low Level Nature Reserve

1
night
Darwin

Darwin ©
The smallest of Australia’s state capitals, Darwin has nevertheless become an attractive and important urban center, being simultaneously one of the country’s most modernized cities and a gateway to both the Top End region and South East Asia.
On the 7th (Mon), pause for some serene contemplation at Christ Church Cathedral Darwin, take a tour by water with Spirit of Darwin, then explore the activities along Lake Alexander, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Cathedral.

For ratings, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Darwin trip planner .

Drive from Katherine to Darwin in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Traveling from Katherine in October, expect nights in Darwin to be about the same, around 75°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 92°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Darwin

Tours Outdoors Transportation
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Spirit of Darwin ©
Spirit of Darwin
Christ Church Cathedral Darwin ©
Christ Church Cathedral Darwin

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Kayaking & Canoeing and Birdworld Kuranda. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Shark Diving and Samurai Gallery Australia. Get out of town with these interesting Cairns side-trips: Historic Village Herberton (in Herberton) and Artistree Gallery (in Yungaburra). Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Atherton Tablelands.

For maps, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Cairns vacation tool .

Traveling by flight from Darwin to Cairns takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Darwin in October, expect Cairns to be little chillier, temps between 85°F and 69°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can travel to Penrith.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife Parks Tours

Side Trips

Historic Village Herberton, Artistree Gallery, Birdworld Kuranda
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Atherton Tablelands ©
Atherton Tablelands
Historic Village Herberton ©
Historic Village Herberton
Birdworld Kuranda ©
Birdworld Kuranda

2
nights
Penrith

Penrith ©
Penrith is a suburb and major centre in the metropolitan area of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. Kick off your visit on the 11th (Fri): identify plant and animal life at Pulpit Rock Lookout, look for all kinds of wild species at Logan Brae Orchard, then stroll through Coachwood Glen Nature Trail, and finally hike along The National Pass. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to Sublime Point Lookout, then admire the natural beauty at Everglades Historic House and Gardens, then trek along Prince Henry Cliff Walk, and finally hike along Yarramundi Reseve.

To see ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Penrith online route planner .

Explore your travel options from Cairns to Penrith with the Route module. Traveling from Cairns in October, things will get slightly colder in Penrith: highs are around 79°F and lows about 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Penrith

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trips

Blue Mountains National Park, Leura, Coachwood Glen Nature Trail, Prince Henry Cliff Walk, Logan Brae Orchard
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Pulpit Rock Lookout ©
Pulpit Rock Lookout
The National Pass ©
The National Pass
Prince Henry Cliff Walk ©
Prince Henry Cliff Walk

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