12 days in Australia Itinerary

12 days in Australia Itinerary

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12 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Durban
Fly:  17​h 15​min
1
Melbourne
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Canberra
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Sydney
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
4
Gold Coast
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
5
Brisbane
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 30​min
6
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 2 nights
Fly:  9​h 15​min
7
Perth
— 1 day
Fly:  12​h 15​min
End: Durban

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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Melbourne Museum and Eureka Skydeck 88. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Melbourne Central and The Junk Company. The adventure continues: brush up on your military savvy at Shrine of Remembrance, explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Victoria, get engrossed in the history at Immigration Museum, and take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens.

To find reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Melbourne trip builder app .

Durban, South Africa to Melbourne is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 8 hours traveling from Durban to Melbourne. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Durban in June: high temperatures in Melbourne hover around 16°C and lows are around 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to travel to Canberra.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
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Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum
Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance
National Gallery of Victoria ©
National Gallery of Victoria

1
night
Canberra

Canberra ©
A planned city with streets laid out in elaborate, geometric patterns and founded specifically to serve as the capital of the emerging Australian state, Canberra has a self-sufficient atmosphere.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Thu): admire the masterpieces at Drill Hall Gallery, then view the masterpieces at Scott Leggo Gallery, then get engrossed in the history at Australian War Memorial, and finally get curious at Questacon.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Canberra trip app .

Fly from Melbourne to Canberra in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Melbourne in June, Canberra is slightly colder at night with lows of 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can drive to Sydney.

Things to do in Canberra

Museums Childrens Museums Shopping
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Australian War Memorial ©
Australian War Memorial
Questacon ©
Questacon
Scott Leggo Gallery ©
Scott Leggo Gallery

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Fri): stroll through Bondi Beach, then stroll through The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk, then make a trip to Sydney Opera House, and finally wander the streets of The Rocks. On your second day here, admire the masterpieces at Brett Whiteley Studio, see the interesting displays at Australian National Maritime Museum, then browse the eclectic array of goods at Sydney Fish Market, and finally don't miss a visit to Sydney Harbour Bridge.

To find reviews, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Sydney journey site .

Drive from Canberra to Sydney in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Canberra in June, expect Sydney to be somewhat warmer, temps between 21°C and 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Sydney

Museums Outdoors Parks
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Australian National Maritime Museum ©

1
night
Gold Coast

Gold Coast ©
A city of towering skyscrapers, sandy beaches, and tree-lined streets, Gold Coast has an unpretentious air complemented by a citywide focus on sports and the arts.
On the 16th (Sun), get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Sea World Theme Park.

To find traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, use the Gold Coast trip itinerary site .

Getting from Sydney to Gold Coast by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in June, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Brisbane.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Zoos & Aquariums Theme Parks Parks
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Sea World Theme Park ©
Sea World Theme Park

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.
On the 17th (Mon), explore the world behind art at Queensland Art Gallery and then let little ones run wild at South Bank Parklands.

For ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read Brisbane vacation planning app .

Getting from Gold Coast to Brisbane by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In June, daily temperatures in Brisbane can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Fun & Games Museums
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South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Queensland Art Gallery ©
Queensland Art Gallery

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 18th (Tue): identify plant and animal life at Kuniya Walk, explore the activities along Mutitjulu Waterhole, then explore the striking landscape at Uluru, and finally trek along Uluru Hiking Path. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Wed): view the masterpieces at Walkatjara Art, take an in-depth tour of Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, then take in the awesome beauty at Kata Tjuta, and finally get outside with Walpa Gorge.

For traveler tips, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park road trip planning site .

You can fly from Brisbane to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 5.5 hours. Another option is to drive. Traveling from Brisbane in June, expect a bit cooler with lows of 7°C in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can travel to Perth.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta ©
Kata Tjuta
Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre ©
Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre

1
day
Perth

Perth ©
A modern metropolis of glassy skyscrapers, waterside boulevards, and lush residential neighborhoods, Perth sits on the edge of the Swan Coastal Plain.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Thu): steep yourself in history at The Perth Mint, stroll around Kings Park & Botanic Garden, and then get engrossed in the history at The Nostalgia Box Museum.

For reviews, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Perth trip builder tool .

Traveling by flight from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Perth takes 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. The time zone difference moving from Australian Central Standard Time (Northern Territory) to Australian Western Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in June, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Perth

Parks Museums Fun & Games
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Kings Park & Botanic Garden ©
Kings Park & Botanic Garden
The Perth Mint ©
The Perth Mint
The Nostalgia Box Museum ©
The Nostalgia Box Museum

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