12 days in Australia Itinerary

12 days in Australia Itinerary

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12 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Denver
Fly:  22​h 15​min
1
Melbourne
— 1 day
Fly:  4​h 45​min
2
Alice Springs
— 1 night
Fly + shuttle:  5​h 30​min
3
Port Douglas
— 1 day
bus:  1​h 15​min
4
Cairns
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + foot + ferry:  3​h 30​min
5
Airlie Beach
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h 45​min
6
Gold Coast
— 1 day
Fly:  3​h 30​min
7
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly:  21​h 15​min
End: Denver

1
day
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Tue): examine the collection at Melbourne Museum, brush up on your military savvy at Shrine of Remembrance, then admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at St. Kilda Beach.

For traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, use the Melbourne road trip app .

Denver, USA to Melbourne is an approximately 22.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Victoria), which is usually a 17 hour difference. Traveling from Denver in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Melbourne, with lows of 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Alice Springs.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trip

St. Kilda Beach
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St. Kilda Beach ©
St. Kilda Beach
Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum

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.
On the 10th (Wed), contemplate the long history of Alice Springs Telegraph Station Historical Reserve, identify plant and animal life at Alice Springs Reptile Centre, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Alice Springs Desert Park.

For where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Alice Springs tour itinerary planner.

Fly from Melbourne to Alice Springs in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Melbourne in October, plan for warmer days in Alice Springs, with highs around 90°F, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 57°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Alice Springs

Wildlife Parks Historic Sites
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Alice Springs Reptile Centre ©
Alice Springs Reptile Centre
Alice Springs Desert Park ©
Alice Springs Desert Park

1
day
Port Douglas

Port Douglas ©
A holiday in Port Douglas balances an activity-filled getaway with plenty of opportunities to relax, thanks to its proximity to the Great Barrier Reef and bustling beach life.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Thu): see the vivid underwater world at Agincourt Reef, then meet the residents at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, and then identify plant and animal life at Mossman Gorge.

To find reviews, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read Port Douglas itinerary planning app .

You can do a combination of flight and shuttle from Alice Springs to Port Douglas in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. When traveling from Alice Springs in October, plan for slightly colder days in Port Douglas, with highs around 85°F, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Parks Wildlife Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Mossman Gorge Centre
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Agincourt Reef ©
Agincourt Reef
Mossman Gorge Centre ©
Mossman Gorge Centre
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas ©
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas

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.
On the 12th (Fri), get interesting insight from Tours. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: identify plant and animal life at Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, then kick back and relax at Trinity Beach, and then kick back and relax at Palm Cove Beach.

To find ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Cairns online trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by car from Port Douglas to Cairns takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. Expect a daytime high around 85°F in October, and nighttime lows around 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to travel to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, Trinity Beach, Palm Cove Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach

1
night
Airlie Beach

Very much a town with an emphasis on the tropical lifestyle, Airlie Beach offers exotic surroundings with palm trees and charming, sandy beaches.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sun): get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Boathaven Beach, and then kick back and relax at Airlie Beach Lagoon.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read Airlie Beach route builder app .

Traveling by combination of flight and ferry from Cairns to Airlie Beach takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Cairns in October: highs in Airlie Beach hover around 79°F, while lows dip to 70°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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Kayaking & Canoeing
Airlie Beach Lagoon ©
Airlie Beach Lagoon

1
day
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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Mon): kick back and relax at Coolangatta Beach, stroll through Burleigh Heads Beach, and then explore the striking landscape of Burleigh Head National Park.

To find reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Gold Coast tour builder .

Getting from Airlie Beach to Gold Coast by combination of bus, flight, and train takes about 7 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry, flight, and train; or drive. Traveling from Airlie Beach in October, Gold Coast is slightly colder at night with lows of 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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Coolangatta Beach ©
Coolangatta Beach
Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park

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.
The Rocks and Darling Harbour are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Bondi Beach and Manly Beach. The adventure continues: see a show at Sydney Opera House, kick back and relax at Freshwater Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Coogee Beach, and snap pictures at Sydney Harbour Bridge.

To see traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Sydney planner .

You can fly from Gold Coast to Sydney in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or drive. October in Sydney sees daily highs of 76°F and lows of 59°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Congwong Beach
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Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
The Rocks ©
The Rocks

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