12 days in Australia Itinerary

12 days in Australia Itinerary

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12 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Birmingham
Drive + Fly:  27​h
1
Cairns
— 1 day
bus:  1​h 15​min
2
Port Douglas
— 1 night
shuttle + Fly:  5​h 45​min
3
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 45​min
4
Melbourne
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
5
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly + Drive:  23​h 45​min
End: Birmingham

1
day
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 9th (Mon): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see where to stay, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, use the Cairns trip planner .

Birmingham, USA to Cairns is an approximately 27-hour combination of car and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of bus and flight. You'll lose 16 hours traveling from Birmingham to Cairns due to the time zone difference. In December, Cairns is warmer than Birmingham - with highs of 88°F and lows of 73°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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Scuba & Snorkeling

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Tue): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Port Douglas travel route planning tool .

Drive from Cairns to Port Douglas in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. In December in Port Douglas, expect temperatures between 88°F during the day and 73°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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Scuba & Snorkeling

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 11th (Wed): take in the dramatic natural features at Uluru, explore the activities along Mutitjulu Waterhole, then stroll through Kuniya Walk, and finally take an in-depth tour of Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Thu): take in the exciting artwork at Walkatjara Art, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Kata Tjuta, and then head outdoors with Walpa Gorge.

To find other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read our Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park tour builder tool .

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Port Douglas to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. When traveling from Port Douglas in December, plan for a bit warmer days in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, with highs around 97°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 70°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) 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
Kuniya Walk ©
Kuniya Walk

2
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Melbourne Museum and The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia. Do some cultural sightseeing at Shrine of Remembrance and Immigration Museum. Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Victoria, examine the collection at Federation Square, admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, and browse the exhibits of The Johnston Collection.

To find other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Melbourne trip planner .

You can fly from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Melbourne in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In December, Melbourne is little chillier than Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park - with highs of 78°F and lows of 54°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum
Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance
National Gallery of Victoria ©
National Gallery of Victoria

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Bondi Beach and Manly Beach. Get a sense of the local culture at Sydney Opera House and Darling Harbour. And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Australian National Maritime Museum, take a stroll through The Rocks, take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, and stroll through The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk.

Make your Sydney itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Fly from Melbourne to Sydney in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Traveling from Melbourne in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Sydney, with lows of 65°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

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

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