12 days in Australia Itinerary

12 days in Australia Itinerary

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12 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: New Delhi
Fly + bus:  19​h 30​min
1
Margaret River
— 1 night
bus + Fly:  9​h 30​min
2
Alice Springs
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  2​h
3
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
4
Sydney
— 1 night
Fly + shuttle:  6​h 45​min
5
Port Douglas
— 1 night
bus:  1​h 15​min
6
Cairns
— 1 night
Fly:  14​h 30​min
End: New Delhi

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Tue): enjoy the sea views from Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse, Head underground at Jewel Cave, then Head underground at Lake Cave, and finally Head underground at Mammoth Cave. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Cowaramup Bay and then savor the flavors at Food & Drink.

To find out how to plan a trip to Margaret River, use our trip itinerary maker.

New Delhi, India to Margaret River is an approximately 19.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from New Delhi to Margaret River is 2 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to travel to Alice Springs.

Things to do in Margaret River

Parks Tours Nature

Side Trips

Augusta, Boranup, Cowaramup Bay
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Lake Cave ©
Lake Cave
Mammoth Cave ©
Mammoth Cave
Jewel Cave ©
Jewel Cave

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night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): identify plant and animal life at Alice Springs Desert Park, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, and then explore the striking landscape of Emily Gap. On the 24th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for all kinds of wild species at Alice Springs Reptile Centre, then look for all kinds of wild species at The Kangaroo Sanctuary, and then take some stellar pictures from Anzac Hill.

To find maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Alice Springs vacation builder tool .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Margaret River to Alice Springs takes 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Margaret River to Alice Springs is 1 hour. In May, daily temperatures in Alice Springs can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Alice Springs

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

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 25th (Sat): get outside with Walpa Gorge, then take in the dramatic natural features at Kata Tjuta, and then get answers to all your questions at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre. On your second day here, hike along Kuniya Walk, contemplate the waterfront views at Mutitjulu Waterhole, then explore the striking landscape at Uluru, and finally stroll through Uluru Hiking Path.

To find other places to visit, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park journey planner.

Getting from Alice Springs to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park by combination of taxi and flight takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive. In May, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Kata Tjuta ©
Kata Tjuta
Uluru ©
Uluru
Kuniya Walk ©
Kuniya Walk

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Mon): stroll through Bondi Beach and then kick back and relax at Manly Beach. On the next day, wander the streets of Darling Harbour, then catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, and then wander the streets of The Rocks.

Discover how to plan a Sydney trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

You can fly from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Sydney in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. When traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in May, plan for a bit cooler days in Sydney, with highs around 24°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Manly Beach
Manly Beach
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Wed): take a memorable tour with Tours. On the next day, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Mossman Gorge.

To see maps, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Port Douglas vacation maker .

You can do a combination of flight and shuttle from Sydney to Port Douglas in 7 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Sydney in May, with highs in Port Douglas at 32°C and lows at 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to drive to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Mossman Gorge
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas ©
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas

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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.
To find other places to visit, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read our Cairns vacation maker website .

Traveling by car from Port Douglas to Cairns takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. In May, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 24°C. On the 31st (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Trinity Beach
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Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach

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