12 days in Australia Itinerary

12 days in Australia Itinerary

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12 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Naha
Fly:  16​h
1
Cairns
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
2
Adelaide
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
3
Kangaroo Island
— 1 day
Fly:  5​h 30​min
4
Sydney
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Katoomba
— 2 nights
train + Fly:  17​h 30​min
End: Naha


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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 27th (Sat): take the plunge with a skydiving experience and then have unforgettable encounters with a shark diving experience. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Sun): step off the mainland to explore Michaelmas Cay, hike along Esplanade Boardwalk, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Josephine Falls.

To see other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Cairns travel planner .

Naha, Japan to Cairns is an approximately 16-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Naha to Cairns is 1 hour. When traveling from Naha in April, plan for a bit warmer days in Cairns, with highs around 85°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 72°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) so you can travel to Adelaide.

Things to do in Cairns

Parks Tours Wildlife
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Shark Diving
Josephine Falls ©
Josephine Falls
Michaelmas Cay ©
Michaelmas Cay

2
nights
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 29th (Mon): kick back and relax at Aldinga Beach, learn about winemaking at Fox Creek Wines, and then take a stroll through North Terrace. On the 30th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll through Glenelg Beach and then learn about winemaking at Rockford Winery.

For ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Adelaide route planner.

You can fly from Cairns to Adelaide in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Cairns in April, with highs in Adelaide at 72°F and lows at 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can travel to Kangaroo Island.

Things to do in Adelaide

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Glenelg Beach, Rockford Winery, Fox Creek Wines, Aldinga Beach
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Aldinga Beach ©
Aldinga Beach
Glenelg Beach ©
Glenelg Beach
Fox Creek Wines ©
Fox Creek Wines

1
day
Kangaroo Island

Kangaroo Island ©
Abandoned by Aborigines a few thousand years ago, Kangaroo Island attracts over 140,000 visitors each year.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Wed): look for all kinds of wild species at Raptor Domain, kick back and relax at Stokes Beach, and then identify plant and animal life at Will's Rare Breeds Farm.

To see where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Kangaroo Island day trip planning app .

You can fly from Adelaide to Kangaroo Island in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Kangaroo Island

Parks Wildlife Outdoors
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Raptor Domain ©
Raptor Domain
Stokes Beach ©
Stokes Beach

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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): look for all kinds of wild species at North Head Sanctuary, take in the exciting artwork at ATTY Gallery, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of The Rocks. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: savor the flavors at The Rocks Markets, see a show at Sydney Opera House, hike along The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk, then kick back and relax at Bondi Beach, and finally look for gifts at Belle Fleur Fine Chocolates.

To find reviews, photos, ratings, and tourist information, use the Sydney online driving holiday planner .

Fly from Kangaroo Island to Sydney in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of taxi, ferry, bus, and train. In May, daily temperatures in Sydney can reach 70°F, while at night they dip to 54°F. You'll have a few hours on the 4th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling to Katoomba.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Shopping Outdoors

Side Trip

North Head Sanctuary
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The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House

2
nights
Katoomba

Located off of the Great Western Highway, Katoomba is the main hub of the City of Blue Mountains.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sat): hike along The National Pass, take in the dramatic scenery at Wentworth Falls, and then look for gifts at Moontree. Keep things going the next day: take in nature's colorful creations at Everglades Historic House and Gardens, explore the world behind art at Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum, then skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, and finally take some stellar pictures from Eagle Hawk Lookout.

For maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Katoomba trip itinerary planning site .

You can drive from Sydney to Katoomba in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. Traveling from Sydney in May, plan for a bit cooler nights in Katoomba, with lows around 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Katoomba

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Leura, The National Pass, Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum
Find places to stay May 4 — 6:
Highlights from your plan
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
Wentworth Falls ©
Wentworth Falls
The National Pass ©
The National Pass

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