12 days in Australia Itinerary

12 days in Australia Itinerary

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12 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Frankfurt
Fly:  23​h
1
Cairns
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Port Douglas
— 1 night
shuttle + Fly:  5​h 15​min
3
Alice Springs
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:  9​h 30​min
4
Margaret River
— 1 night
bus + Fly:  8​h 45​min
5
Broome
— 1 night
Fly:  26​h
End: Frankfurt

2
nights
Cairns

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 9th (Mon), relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers. Keep things going the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, tour the pleasant surroundings at Trinity Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Palm Cove Beach.

To see photos, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, use the Cairns trip planner .

Frankfurt, Germany to Cairns is an approximately 23-hour flight. You'll lose 9 hours traveling from Frankfurt to Cairns due to the time zone difference. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Frankfurt in September: high temperatures in Cairns hover around 33°C and lows are around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can drive to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Palm Cove Beach, Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, Trinity Beach
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Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
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Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Thu): soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Mossman Gorge.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Port Douglas trip planner.

Traveling by car from Cairns to Port Douglas takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. In September, daytime highs in Port Douglas are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Alice Springs.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Mossman Gorge
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Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas ©
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas

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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Fri): look for all kinds of wild species at Alice Springs Desert Park, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, and then explore the striking landscape of Emily Gap. Here are some ideas for day two: identify plant and animal life at Alice Springs Reptile Centre, then look for all kinds of wild species at The Kangaroo Sanctuary, and then get great views at Anzac Hill.

To see maps, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Alice Springs trip planner .

Do a combination of shuttle and flight from Port Douglas to Alice Springs in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Port Douglas in September, plan for little chillier nights in Alice Springs, with lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Margaret River.

Things to do in Alice Springs

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

1
night
Margaret River

A low-rise, laid-back town of approximately 4,500 inhabitants, Margaret River serves as an ideal local base to explore the surrounding wine region.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Sun): explore the fascinating underground world of Mammoth Cave, kick back and relax at Cowaramup Bay, and then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour. On the 16th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: Head underground at Lake Cave, explore the fascinating underground world of Jewel Cave, then visit a coastal fixture at Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse, and finally kick back and relax at Surfers Point.

To see photos, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Margaret River holiday builder website .

Do a combination of flight and bus from Alice Springs to Margaret River in 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone difference moving from Australian Central Standard Time (Northern Territory) (ACST) to Australian Western Standard Time (AWST) is minus 1 hour. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can travel to Broome.

Things to do in Margaret River

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Boranup, Augusta, Cowaramup Bay, Dolphin & Whale Watching, Surfers Point
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Surfers Point ©
Surfers Point
Lake Cave ©
Lake Cave

1
night
Broome

Broome ©
A relaxed town of tree-shaded streets and scenic coastal stretches, Broome gained renown as a center of the pearling industry in the late 19th century.
On the 17th (Tue), look for all kinds of wild species at Malcolm Douglas Crocodile Park and Animal Refuge and then stroll through Cable Beach. On the next day, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To see more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Broome trip itinerary website .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Margaret River to Broome in 9 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in September, and nighttime lows around 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Broome

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
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Cable Beach ©
Cable Beach

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