12 days in Australia Itinerary

12 days in Australia Itinerary

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12 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Newark
Fly:  30​h
1
Sydney
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Melbourne
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 15​min
3
Brisbane
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 15​min
4
Cairns
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
5
Brisbane
— 1 night
Fly:  23​h
End: Newark


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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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Maroubra Beach, steep yourself in history at Vaucluse House, and then identify plant and animal life at North Head Sanctuary.

To see traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Sydney trip planner .

Newark, USA to Sydney is an approximately 30-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Newark to Sydney is 15 hours. Expect warmer temperatures when traveling from Newark in March; daily highs in Sydney reach 79°F and lows reach 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Wildlife Beaches

Side Trips

Maroubra Beach, North Head Sanctuary
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North Head Sanctuary ©
North Head Sanctuary
Maroubra Beach ©
Maroubra Beach
Vaucluse House ©
Vaucluse House

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night
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
On the 11th (Mon), learn about winemaking at Yileena Park, then learn about winemaking at Maddens Rise, then get to know the fascinating history of Lilydale to Warburton Rail Trail, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Elwood Beach. On the 12th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to St Peter's Catholic Church Toorak, then head outdoors with Cheap AZ Travel, then grab your bike and head to Catani Gardens, and finally glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area.

To find ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Melbourne online attractions planner .

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Melbourne takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Sydney in March, expect a bit cooler with lows of 56°F in Melbourne. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Melbourne

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

St Kilda, Maddens Rise, Elwood Beach, Lilydale to Warburton Rail Trail, St Peter's Catholic Church Toorak
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Elwood Beach ©
Elwood Beach
Catani Gardens ©
Catani Gardens
Maddens Rise ©
Maddens Rise

1
night
Brisbane

Brisbane
Queensland’s biggest town and state capital, Brisbane has an attractive, manicured image based around its riverside aesthetic as well as the contrast between its high-rise center and extensive urban greenery.
To see more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read our Brisbane trip itinerary planner .

You can fly from Melbourne to Brisbane in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from Melbourne in March, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Brisbane, with lows of 68°F. On the 13th (Wed), you'll travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Brisbane

Tours Outdoors Parks
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3
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Atherton Tablelands and Birdworld Kuranda. Historic Village Herberton and Artistree Gallery are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's lots more to do: have unforgettable encounters with a shark diving experience, step off the mainland to explore Michaelmas Cay, admire the striking features of Freshwater Station, and take the plunge with a skydiving experience.

For photos, maps, and other tourist information, use the Cairns trip itinerary planning website .

Getting from Brisbane to Cairns by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Brisbane in March, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Cairns, with lows around 74°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife Parks Tours

Side Trips

Historic Village Herberton, Birdworld Kuranda, Artistree Gallery
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Historic Village Herberton ©
Historic Village Herberton
Atherton Tablelands ©
Atherton Tablelands
Shark Diving

1
night
Brisbane

On the 16th (Sat), get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour. Keep things going the next day: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find maps, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Brisbane itinerary planning app .

You can fly from Cairns to Brisbane in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Cairns in March: high temperatures in Brisbane hover around 82°F and lows are around 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Brisbane

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Scuba & Snorkeling

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