12 days in Australia Itinerary

12 days in Australia Itinerary

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12 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: New York City
bus + Fly:  26​h
1
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Melbourne
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
3
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
4
Cairns
— 1 night
Fly + bus:  23​h 15​min
End: New York City

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.
Kids will enjoy Bondi Beach and Chinese Garden of Friendship. There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Manly Beach, trek along The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk, catch some excitement at Virtual Room Sydney - Virtual Reality Sydney Adventure, and examine the collection at Australian National Maritime Museum.

For maps, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Sydney trip itinerary planning app .

New York City, USA to Sydney is an approximately 26-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from New York City to Sydney, you'll lose 15 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect much hotter temperatures when traveling from New York City in December; daily highs in Sydney reach 81°F and lows reach 65°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Manly Beach
Manly Beach
Sea Life Sydney Aquarium ©
Sea Life Sydney Aquarium

2
nights
Melbourne

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Sat): learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Melbourne Zoo, take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck 88, and then admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Melbourne Museum, then don't miss a visit to Flinders Street Station, and then enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour.

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Getting from Sydney to Melbourne by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Sydney in December, plan for little chillier nights in Melbourne, with lows around 54°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Melbourne

Tours Parks Outdoors
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Balloon Rides
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Mon): identify plant and animal life at Kuniya Walk, explore the activities along Mutitjulu Waterhole, explore and take pictures at Uluru, then take in the exciting artwork at Walkatjara Art, and finally take an in-depth tour of Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre. On the 31st (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: head outdoors with Walpa Gorge, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Kata Tjuta, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Uluru Hiking Path.

For reviews, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Melbourne in December, things will get somewhat warmer in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park: highs are around 97°F and lows about 70°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta ©
Kata Tjuta
Kuniya Walk ©
Kuniya Walk

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 1st (Wed), see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu): take a leisurely stroll along The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk and then hike along Esplanade Boardwalk.

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Traveling by flight from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Cairns takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in January, you will find days in Cairns are a bit cooler (89°F), and nights are about the same (75°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk

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