12 days in Australia Itinerary

12 days in Australia Itinerary

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12 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Pune
Fly:  16​h
1
Cairns
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
3
Sydney
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
4
Lord Howe Island
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 30​min
5
Melbourne
— 1 night
Fly:  16​h 15​min
End: Pune

1
night
Cairns

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 24th (Mon), take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Monica's Cathedral.

For traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Cairns trip planner .

Pune, India to Cairns is an approximately 16-hour flight. Traveling from Pune to Cairns, you'll lose 4 hours due to the time zone difference. December in Cairns sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Cairns

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Tanks Arts Centre
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Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk
Tanks Arts Centre ©
Tanks Arts Centre
St Monica's Cathedral ©
St Monica's Cathedral

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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Wed): identify plant and animal life at Red Desert Reptiles, then trek along Kuniya Walk, then explore the striking landscape at Uluru, and finally stroll through Uluru Hiking Path. On your second day here, view the masterpieces at Walkatjara Art, take an in-depth tour of Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, and then take in the awesome beauty at Kata Tjuta.

For where to stay, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip itinerary site .

Fly from Cairns to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Cairns in December, you will find days in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park are somewhat warmer (42°C), and nights are about the same (24°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Red Desert Reptiles
Find places to stay Dec 25 — 27:
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Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga ©
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga
Kuniya Walk ©
Kuniya Walk

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 Coogee Beach and Bondi Beach. Attractions like Manly Beach and Clovelly make great kid-friendly stops. And it doesn't end there: hike along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, make a trip to Queen Victoria Building (QVB), take a stroll through The Rocks, and stroll through The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk.

Before you visit Sydney, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

You can fly from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Sydney in 5.5 hours. Another option is to drive. Traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in December, things will get slightly colder in Sydney: highs are around 32°C and lows about 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) to allow time to travel to Lord Howe Island.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Manly Beach
Manly 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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Tue): learn more about the world around you at Lord Howe Island Museum, then enjoy the sand and surf at Lagoon Beach, and then stroll through Ned's Beach.

For more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Lord Howe Island online trip planner .

Fly from Sydney to Lord Howe Island in 3.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Lord Howe Island

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Lagoon Beach ©
Lagoon Beach
Ned's Beach ©
Ned's Beach
Lord Howe Island Museum ©
Lord Howe Island Museum

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 2nd (Wed), enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck 88 and then buy something for everyone on your list at Melbourne Central.

For where to stay, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Melbourne holiday planner .

Fly from Lord Howe Island to Melbourne in 5.5 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Melbourne can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Shopping Neighborhoods
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Melbourne Central ©
Melbourne Central
Eureka Skydeck ©
Eureka Skydeck

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