12 days in Australia Itinerary

12 days in Australia Itinerary

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12 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Houston
Fly:  21​h 45​min
1
Cairns
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 45​min
2
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
3
Melbourne
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 30​min
4
Sydney
— 4 nights
Fly:  20​h 45​min
End: Houston

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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Mon): look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas. On the 18th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: experience rural life at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures and then stroll through Palm Cove Beach.

To find photos, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, use the Cairns day trip planning app .

Houston, USA to Cairns is an approximately 22-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) (AEST) is 16 hours. In June, Cairns is slightly colder than Houston - with highs of 79°F and lows of 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Palm Cove
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach

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 19th (Wed): stroll through Kuniya Walk, contemplate the waterfront views at Mutitjulu Waterhole, then explore and take pictures at Uluru, and finally stroll through Uluru Hiking Path. Keep things going the next day: take in the exciting artwork at Walkatjara Art, get all the information you need at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, then take in the awesome beauty at Kata Tjuta, and finally get outside with Walpa Gorge.

To see maps, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park tour itinerary tool .

Getting from Cairns to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive. Traveling from Cairns in June, expect nights in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to be much colder, around 44°F, while days are little chillier, around 67°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga ©
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga
Kuniya Walk ©
Kuniya Walk

1
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 21st (Fri), brush up on your military savvy at Shrine of Remembrance, examine the collection at National Sports Museum, then examine the collection at Melbourne Museum, and finally admire the masterpieces at The Johnston Collection. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia, explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Victoria, and then take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck 88.

To find photos, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Melbourne trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Melbourne takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. While traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Melbourne, ranging from highs of 57°F to lows of 42°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

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

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.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Bondi Beach and Manly Beach. Do some cultural sightseeing at The Rocks and Australian National Maritime Museum. Explore Sydney's surroundings by going to Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum (in Faulconbridge) and Wentworth Falls (in Katoomba). There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Sydney Opera House, meet the residents at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, look and learn at Sydney Observatory, and admire the masterpieces at White Rabbit Gallery.

For reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Sydney trip maker website .

You can fly from Melbourne to Sydney in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Melbourne in June: high temperatures in Sydney hover around 65°F and lows are around 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Museums Beaches

Side Trips

Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum, Wentworth Falls
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Manly Beach
Manly Beach

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