12 days in Australia Itinerary

12 days in Australia Itinerary

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12 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Chicago
Fly:  22​h 30​min
1
Melbourne
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  5​h
2
Angaston
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  5​h 30​min
3
Sydney
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
4
Lord Howe Island
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 15​min
5
Cairns
— 2 nights
Fly:  21​h 30​min
End: Chicago

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.
Do your shopping at Melbourne Central and Collins St/Swanston St. Get some historical perspective at Shrine of Remembrance and Old Melbourne Gaol. And it doesn't end there: wander the streets of Degraves Street, stop by Ambiance Gifts, admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Victoria, and admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Melbourne travel itinerary planner.

Chicago, USA to Melbourne is an approximately 22.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Chicago to Melbourne, you'll lose 16 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for warmer weather when traveling from Chicago in December: high temperatures in Melbourne hover around 78°F and lows are around 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Angaston.

Things to do in Melbourne

Shopping Neighborhoods Museums
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Melbourne Central ©
Melbourne Central
Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance
Old Melbourne Gaol ©
Old Melbourne Gaol

1
night
Angaston

Angaston ©
Angaston is a town on the eastern side of the Barossa Valley in South Australia, 77 km northeast of Adelaide. Kick off your visit on the 5th (Wed): stop by Barossa Valley Cheese Company, stop by Maggie Beer's Farm Shop, learn about winemaking at Murray Street Vineyards, then learn about winemaking at Thorn-Clarke Wines, and finally stop by Doddridge Blacksmith Shop.

To find photos, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Angaston travel planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Melbourne to Angaston. Expect a daytime high around 83°F in December, and nighttime lows around 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Angaston

Shopping Wineries

Side Trips

Maggie Beer's Farm Shop, Murray Street Vineyards
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Thorn-Clarke Wines ©
Thorn-Clarke Wines
Murray Street Vineyards ©
Murray Street Vineyards
Barossa Valley Cheese Company ©
Barossa Valley Cheese Company

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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. Visit Bondi Beach and Coogee Beach for some beach relaxation. The adventure continues: hunt for treasures at Sydney Fish Market, view the masterpieces at Brett Whiteley Studio, kick back and relax at Manly Beach, and admire the striking features of Sydney Opera House.

For maps, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Sydney online trip itinerary planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Angaston to Sydney. Traveling from Angaston in December, Sydney is a bit warmer at night with lows of 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Lord Howe Island.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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Darling Harbour ©
Darling Harbour
The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach

1
night
Lord Howe Island

Lord Howe Island ©
Bursting out of the Tasman Sea, Lord Howe Island offers stunning scenery and many sandy beaches.
On the 9th (Sun), enjoy the sand and surf at Lagoon Beach and then stroll through Ned's Beach.

To find reviews, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Lord Howe Island trip maker site .

You can fly from Sydney to Lord Howe Island in 3.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Lord Howe Island

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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Ned's Beach ©
Ned's Beach
Lagoon Beach ©
Lagoon Beach

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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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Mon): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On your second day here, stroll through Trinity Beach and then look for all kinds of wild species at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures.

Planning Cairns trip won't be overwheling when you use's Insprock itinerary maker.

You can fly from Lord Howe Island to Cairns in 5.5 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Cairns can reach 88°F, while at night they dip to 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Trinity Beach, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach

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