12 days in Australia Itinerary

12 days in Australia Itinerary

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12 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Guadalajara
Fly:  25​h
1
Cairns
— 1 night
+2
Fly + foot + bus:  9​h
2
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)
— 1 night
+2
bus + foot + Fly:  14​h 30​min
3
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 45​min
4
Melbourne
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 30​min
5
Sydney
— 2 nights
Fly:  20​h 15​min
End: Guadalajara

1
night
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 17th (Thu): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Fri): relax in the rural setting at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, then take a memorable tour with Shaolin Junk Cruises, and then kick back and relax at Trinity Beach.

To see maps, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Cairns driving holiday planner .

Guadalajara, Mexico to Cairns is an approximately 25-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 16 hours traveling from Guadalajara to Cairns. Traveling from Guadalajara in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Cairns, with lows of 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) so you can travel to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park).

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, Trinity Beach, Shaolin Junk Cruises
Find places to stay Oct 17 — 18:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Shaolin Junk Cruises ©
Shaolin Junk Cruises

1
night
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) ©
Jabiru is a town in the Northern Territory of Australia. Start off your visit on the 19th (Sat): contemplate the long history of Nourlangie Rock, explore the striking landscape at Maguk Gorge, and then delve into the distant past at Ubirr. Here are some ideas for day two: look for all kinds of wild species at Yellow Water, then look for all kinds of wild species at Anbangbang Billabong, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Mamukala Wetlands.

To find more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) itinerary planner .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Cairns to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) so you can travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trip

Kakadu National Park
Find places to stay Oct 18 — 20:
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Maguk Gorge ©
Maguk Gorge
Ubirr ©
Ubirr
Nourlangie Rock ©
Nourlangie Rock

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Mon): stroll through Kuniya Walk, explore the activities along Mutitjulu Waterhole, then don't miss a visit to Uluru, then get answers to all your questions at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, and finally make a trip to Field of Light. Here are some ideas for day two: appreciate the views at Valley of the Winds, then take in the dramatic natural features at Kata Tjuta, then take in the exciting artwork at Walkatjara Art, and finally trek along Uluru Hiking Path.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park road trip tool .

Do a combination of bus and flight from Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 14.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and flight. In October in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 18°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

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

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.
On the 23rd (Wed), see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum, then brush up on your military savvy at Shrine of Remembrance, then admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Victoria, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St Paul's Cathedral. On the 24th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at Old Melbourne Gaol, then take a tour by water with Melbourne Boat Hire, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens.

To find maps, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Melbourne sightseeing planner.

You can fly from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Melbourne in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in October, expect nights in Melbourne to be little chillier, around 9°C, while days are much colder, around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums Historic Sites Outdoors
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Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance
Old Melbourne Gaol ©
Old Melbourne Gaol
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum

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 25th (Fri): take a stroll through The Rocks, don't miss a visit to Sydney Harbour Bridge, tour the pleasant surroundings at Bondi Beach, then hike along The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Sydney Opera House. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Sat): take in nature's colorful creations at The Royal Botanic Garden, then steep yourself in history at Justice & Police Museum, then examine the collection at Australian National Maritime Museum, and finally take a stroll through Darling Harbour.

For where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Sydney online visit 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. In October, Sydney is a bit warmer than Melbourne - with highs of 28°C and lows of 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Neighborhoods Parks Historic Sites
Find places to stay Oct 24 — 26:
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The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Darling Harbour ©
Darling Harbour

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