12 days in Australia Itinerary

12 days in Australia Itinerary

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12 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Singapore
Fly + Drive:  15​h
1
Exmouth
— 1 night
Fly + bus:  9​h 45​min
2
Margaret River
— 1 night
bus + Fly:  11​h 45​min
3
Kangaroo Island
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 45​min
4
Alice Springs
— 2 nights
Fly + shuttle:  5​h 15​min
5
Port Douglas
— 1 day
bus:  1​h 15​min
6
Cairns
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h 30​min
End: Singapore

1
night
Exmouth

Exmouth ©
Exmouth is a town on the tip of the North West Cape in Western Australia. Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sat): explore the gorgeous colors at Ningaloo Coast World Heritage Area and then stroll through Turquoise Bay. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Sun): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Shothole Canyon and then have unforgettable encounters with a shark diving experience.

To find photos, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Exmouth vacation planner.

Singapore, Singapore to Exmouth is an approximately 15-hour combination of flight and car. You can also fly; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Singapore in May, things will get slightly colder in Exmouth: highs are around 33°C and lows about 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to travel to Margaret River.

Things to do in Exmouth

Outdoors Wildlife Parks
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Turquoise Bay ©
Turquoise Bay
Ningaloo Coast World Heritage Area ©
Ningaloo Coast World Heritage Area
Shark Diving

1
night
Margaret River

Margaret River ©
A low-rise, laid-back town of approximately 4,500 inhabitants, Margaret River serves as an ideal local base to explore the surrounding wine region.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Mon): visit a coastal fixture at Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse, then explore the fascinating underground world of Jewel Cave, then Head underground at Lake Cave, and finally explore the fascinating underground world of Mammoth Cave. Keep things going the next day: explore the fascinating underground world of Ngilgi Cave and then indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area.

To find traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Margaret River road trip planning tool .

Do a combination of flight and bus from Exmouth to Margaret River in 10 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, flight, and bus; or drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can travel to Kangaroo Island.

Things to do in Margaret River

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trips

Boranup, Augusta, Ngilgi Cave
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Ngilgi Cave ©
Ngilgi Cave
Lake Cave ©
Lake Cave
Mammoth Cave ©
Mammoth Cave

1
night
Kangaroo Island

Kangaroo Island ©
Abandoned by Aborigines a few thousand years ago, Kangaroo Island attracts over 140,000 visitors each year.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): identify plant and animal life at Raptor Domain and then identify plant and animal life at Seal Bay Conservation Park. Keep things going the next day: explore the striking landscape of Flinders Chase National Park.

To find traveler tips and tourist information, read our Kangaroo Island itinerary maker site .

Getting from Margaret River to Kangaroo Island by combination of bus, flight, and taxi takes about 12 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Margaret River to Kangaroo Island. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) to allow time to travel to Alice Springs.

Things to do in Kangaroo Island

Parks Wildlife Nature
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Raptor Domain ©
Raptor Domain
Flinders Chase National Park ©
Flinders Chase National Park
Seal Bay Conservation Park ©
Seal Bay Conservation Park

2
nights
Alice Springs

Alice Springs ©
Situated right in the heart of Australia, Alice Springs serves as an urban oasis deep within the country’s parched, desert-like Red Center.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Fri): identify plant and animal life at Alice Springs Desert Park, get interesting insight from Tours, and then explore the striking landscape of Emily Gap. Here are some ideas for day two: look for all kinds of wild species at Alice Springs Reptile Centre, look for all kinds of wild species at The Kangaroo Sanctuary, and then take some stellar pictures from Anzac Hill.

To see other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read Alice Springs day trip planning app .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Kangaroo Island to Alice Springs takes 5 hours. In May in Alice Springs, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 9°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Alice Springs

Parks Wildlife Tours
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Alice Springs Reptile Centre ©
Alice Springs Reptile Centre
The Kangaroo Sanctuary ©
The Kangaroo Sanctuary
Alice Springs Desert Park ©
Alice Springs Desert Park

1
day
Port Douglas

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 26th (Sun), admire nature's wide array of creatures at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, and then identify plant and animal life at Mossman Gorge.

To see more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Port Douglas trip builder website .

You can do a combination of flight and shuttle from Alice Springs to Port Douglas in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Alice Springs in May, you will find days in Port Douglas are a bit warmer (32°C), and nights are warmer (24°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can drive to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Mossman Gorge
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Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas ©
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas
Horseback Riding Tours

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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Mon): take a memorable tour with Tours. Here are some ideas for day two: identify plant and animal life at The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk, look for all kinds of wild species at Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Palm Cove Beach.

For reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Cairns trip builder .

Traveling by car from Port Douglas to Cairns takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. In May, daily temperatures in Cairns can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk, Palm Cove Beach, Australian Butterfly Sanctuary
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach

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