12 days in Australia Itinerary

12 days in Australia Itinerary

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12 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Vancouver
Fly:  18​h
1
Sydney
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 30​min
2
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 2 nights
Fly + taxi:  2​h
3
Alice Springs
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
4
Darwin
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 15​min
5
Cairns
— 2 nights
Fly:  17​h 45​min
End: Vancouver

1
night
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 21st (Wed), enjoy the sand and surf at Bondi Beach, trek along The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk, then see a show at Sydney Opera House, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of The Rocks. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Manly Beach and then wander the streets of Darling Harbour.

To see photos, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Sydney attractions planner.

Vancouver, Canada to Sydney is an approximately 18-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Vancouver to Sydney is 18 hours. Traveling from Vancouver in August, expect Sydney to be slightly colder, temps between 22°C and 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Sydney

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

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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): stroll through Kuniya Walk, then contemplate the waterfront views at Mutitjulu Waterhole, then explore the striking landscape at Uluru, and finally stroll through Uluru Hiking Path. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Sat): appreciate the views at Valley of the Winds, then take in the awesome beauty at Kata Tjuta, and then take an in-depth tour of Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park attractions planning app .

You can fly from Sydney to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 5.5 hours. Another option is to drive. Traveling from Sydney in August, expect nights in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to be little chillier, around 6°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 27°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can travel to Alice Springs.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

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

2
nights
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.
On the 25th (Sun), look for all kinds of wild species at The Emily and Jessie Gaps Nature Park, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Emily Gap, then look for all kinds of wild species at Alice Springs Reptile Centre, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Alice Springs Desert Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Mon): take an in-depth tour of Alice Springs School of the Air Visitor Centre, then steep yourself in history at Alice Springs Telegraph Station Historical Reserve, then get great views at Anzac Hill, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at The Kangaroo Sanctuary.

For photos, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Alice Springs travel route planning app .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Alice Springs takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In August in Alice Springs, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 5°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) so you can travel to Darwin.

Things to do in Alice Springs

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites
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Alice Springs Reptile Centre ©
Alice Springs Reptile Centre
The Kangaroo Sanctuary ©
The Kangaroo Sanctuary
Alice Springs Desert Park ©
Alice Springs Desert Park

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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Tue): take a memorable tour with Tours, then take an in-depth tour of Darwin Aviation Museum, and then see the interesting displays at Defence of Darwin Experience. On your second day here, take a memorable tour with Tours.

To see ratings, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Darwin attractions planner.

Traveling by flight from Alice Springs to Darwin takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Alice Springs in August, plan for a bit warmer days in Darwin, with highs around 37°C, while nights are much hotter with lows around 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Darwin

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Defence of Darwin Experience ©
Defence of Darwin Experience
Fishing Charters & Tours
Darwin Aviation Museum ©
Darwin Aviation Museum

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 29th (Thu): get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Fri): identify plant and animal life at Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, then enjoy the sand and surf at Trinity Beach, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Palm Cove Beach.

For where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Cairns day trip planning site .

You can fly from Darwin to Cairns in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Darwin in August: highs in Cairns hover around 31°C, while lows dip to 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Trinity Beach, Palm Cove Beach, Australian Butterfly Sanctuary
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach

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