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
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Sydney
— 4 nights
3
Cairns
— 1 night
Fly:  22​h
End: Chicago

5
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Bring the kids along to Melbourne Zoo and Melbourne Museum. Change things up with a short trip to Werribee Open Range Zoo in Werribee (about 42 minutes away). There's lots more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, see the interesting displays at National Sports Museum, enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck 88, and explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Victoria.

To see traveler tips and tourist information, you can read our Melbourne online trip builder .

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. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Victoria), which is usually a 16 hour difference. Traveling from Chicago in March, things will get warmer in Melbourne: highs are around 78°F and lows about 56°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trip

Werribee Open Range Zoo
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Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo
Werribee Open Range Zoo ©
Werribee Open Range Zoo

4
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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Bondi Beach and Australian National Maritime Museum. And it doesn't end there: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, kick back and relax at Coogee Beach, stroll through Manly Beach, and wander the streets of The Rocks.

For more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Sydney tour itinerary maker tool .

Fly from Melbourne to Sydney in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Sydney when traveling from Melbourne in March, with lows around 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Mon) to allow time for travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Sea Life Sydney Aquarium ©
Sea Life Sydney Aquarium

1
night
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 2nd (Tue), identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas.

To find reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Cairns journey tool .

You can fly from Sydney to Cairns in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. In April, Cairns is a bit warmer than Sydney - with highs of 85°F and lows of 72°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife Adventure Tours
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Scuba & Snorkeling

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