12 days in Australia Itinerary

12 days in Australia Itinerary

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12 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  4​h 45​min
1
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
2
Cairns
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Port Douglas
— 1 night
shuttle + Fly:  6​h
4
Brisbane
— 1 day
Fly:  3​h 45​min
5
Sydney
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
6
Hobart
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 45​min
7
Melbourne
— 1 night
End: Melbourne


4
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Uluru and Walpa Gorge. There's still lots to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Kata Tjuta, make a trip to Field of Light, appreciate the views at Valley of the Winds, and take in the exciting artwork at Walkatjara Art.

To find where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip itinerary planner.

Melbourne to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Melbourne in January, with highs in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park at 43°C and lows at 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Yulara
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Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta ©
Kata Tjuta
Valley of the Winds ©
Valley of the Winds

1
day
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 13th (Sun): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Cairns online travel route planner .

You can fly from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Cairns in 5 hours. Another option is to drive. Traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in January, you will find days in Cairns are little chillier (37°C), and nights are about the same (28°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can go by car to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Adventure Tours
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Scuba & Snorkeling

1
night
Port Douglas

A holiday in Port Douglas balances an activity-filled getaway with plenty of opportunities to relax, thanks to its proximity to the Great Barrier Reef and bustling beach life.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Mon): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Port Douglas trip maker .

Drive from Cairns to Port Douglas in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. In January, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Adventure Tours
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Scuba & Snorkeling

1
day
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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Tue): identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, then explore the activities along The Brisbane River, and then take in nature's colorful creations at City Botanic Gardens.

For other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Brisbane trip itinerary builder site .

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Port Douglas to Brisbane in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle, flight, and bus; or drive. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Port Douglas in January: highs in Brisbane hover around 34°C, while lows dip to 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Wildlife Nature
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Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
The Brisbane River
The Brisbane River
City Botanic Gardens ©
City Botanic Gardens

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 16th (Wed): admire the natural beauty at The Royal Botanic Garden, stroll through Coogee Beach, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Bondi Beach, and finally hike along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take a stroll through The Rocks, then stroll through Manly Beach, and then kick back and relax at Clovelly.

To find photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Sydney online route planner .

Getting from Brisbane to Sydney by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. January in Sydney sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 23°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can travel to Hobart.

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
Hobart

Hobart ©
Snaking up the side of a rounded, tree-dotted hill, Hobart sits between Tasmania’s sprawling mountains and the vast estuary of the River Derwent.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Fri): take in the awesome beauty at Mount Wellington, contemplate the long history of Cascades Female Factory Historic Site, then admire the natural beauty at Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens, and finally identify plant and animal life at Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary.

For where to stay, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read our Hobart trip builder tool .

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Hobart takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, ferry, and bus; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Sydney in January: high temperatures in Hobart hover around 26°C and lows are around 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Hobart

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trip

Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary
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Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary
Mount Wellington ©
Mount Wellington
Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens ©
Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens

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 19th (Sat), meet the residents at Melbourne Zoo, then enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck 88, and then admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens.

To find ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Melbourne trip builder .

Fly from Hobart to Melbourne in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Traveling from Hobart in January, you will find days in Melbourne are a bit warmer (32°C), and nights are about the same (17°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Outdoors Zoos & Aquariums
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Highlights from your plan
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Eureka Skydeck 88 ©
Eureka Skydeck 88

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