12 days in Australia Itinerary

12 days in Australia Itinerary

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12 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  6​h
1
Cairns
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Cape Tribulation
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
bus:  30​min
4
Palm Cove
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 15​min
5
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
End: Sydney

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Sun): explore and take pictures at The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Keep things going the next day: trek along Esplanade Boardwalk and then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To find traveler tips, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read our Cairns trip builder app .

Sydney to Cairns is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Sydney in September, with highs in Cairns at 33°C and lows at 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to go by car to Cape Tribulation.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk

2
nights
Cape Tribulation

Cape Tribulation ©
A lush headland that's part of the forested Daintree Region, Cape Tribulation was so named by Lieutenant--later Captain--Cook in 1770, when his ship ran aground in the area.
On the 3rd (Tue), learn more about the world around you at Daintree Entomological museum and then identify plant and animal life at Daintree National Park. On the 4th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sand and surf at Thornton Beach, then engage your brain at Daintree Discovery Centre, and then deepen your appreciation for local ecosystems through Eco Tours.

For where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Cape Tribulation journey planner.

Drive from Cairns to Cape Tribulation in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Cape Tribulation can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to drive to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Photography Tours, Daintree Discovery Centre
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Daintree National Park ©
Daintree National Park
Photography Tours
Thornton Beach ©
Thornton Beach

2
nights
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.
On the 5th (Thu), identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, head outdoors with Horses in Port, then identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, and finally stop by With Sugar. On the next day, learn about winemaking at Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery, then look for all kinds of wild species at Mossman Gorge Centre, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Four Mile Beach.

For traveler tips, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, use the Port Douglas tour itinerary planner.

Drive from Cape Tribulation to Port Douglas in 2 hours. In September in Port Douglas, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can take a bus to Palm Cove.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery, Mossman Gorge Centre
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Four Mile Beach ©
Four Mile Beach

1
night
Palm Cove

Palm Cove ©
A small community of about 1,200 people, Palm Cove sits beside the clear blue waters of the South Pacific.
On the 7th (Sat), stroll through Palm Cove Beach, then identify plant and animal life at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, and then take in the exciting artwork at Village Gallery. On the 8th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get a new perspective on nature at Emu Ridge Gallery, identify plant and animal life at Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Trinity Beach.

To find other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read Palm Cove trip builder website .

Palm Cove is just a stone's throw from Port Douglas. In September, daily temperatures in Palm Cove can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Palm Cove

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Kuranda, Trinity Beach
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Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach

3
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 9th (Mon): go for a walk through Lungkata Walk, then make a trip to Uluru, then take in the dramatic natural features at Uluru, and finally trek along Kuniya Walk. On your second day here, admire the verdant scenery at Valley of the Winds, take in the dramatic natural features at Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga, and then get advice or help at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre.

To find other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park day trip planning app .

Fly from Palm Cove to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Palm Cove in September, plan for little chillier nights in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, with lows around 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

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
Valley of the Winds ©
Valley of the Winds

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