12 days in Australia Itinerary

12 days in Australia Itinerary

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12 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Newark
Fly:  32​h
1
Lord Howe Island
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Sydney
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
3
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 2 nights
Fly + shuttle:  5​h 45​min
4
Port Douglas
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Cairns
— 1 night
Fly:  30​h
End: Newark

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 12th (Sun): get a new perspective on nature at Lord Howe Island Museum, stroll through Lagoon Beach, and then kick back and relax at Ned's Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: trek along Lord Howe Island Walking Trails, explore the striking landscape at Ball's Pyramid, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt Gower.

For photos, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Lord Howe Island trip planner .

Newark, USA to Lord Howe Island is an approximately 32-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Newark to Lord Howe Island is 15 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Lord Howe Island

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

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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Tue): take a stroll through The Rocks, then catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, and then take a stroll through Darling Harbour. On your second day here, enjoy the sand and surf at Manly Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Bondi Beach, and then explore the world behind art at Australian Centre for Photography.

To find where to stay, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read Sydney online sightseeing planner .

You can fly from Lord Howe Island to Sydney in 3.5 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Sydney can reach 70°F, while at night they dip to 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Sydney

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

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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Thu): trek along Kuniya Walk, contemplate the waterfront views at Mutitjulu Waterhole, then take in the dramatic natural features at Uluru, then explore the galleries of Walkatjara Art, and finally get engrossed in the history at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre. On the next day, get outside with Walpa Gorge, take in the awesome beauty at Kata Tjuta, and then trek along Uluru Hiking Path.

To find other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip builder site .

Fly from Sydney to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Sydney in May, you will find days in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park are somewhat warmer (76°F), and nights are about the same (51°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

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Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta ©
Kata Tjuta
Kuniya Walk ©
Kuniya Walk

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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sat): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Here are some ideas for day two: experience rural life at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures and then stroll through Palm Cove Beach.

To find where to stay, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read Port Douglas trip builder .

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Port Douglas takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in May, things will get somewhat warmer in Port Douglas: highs are around 82°F and lows about 69°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can go by car to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Palm Cove
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach

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night
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 20th (Mon): get interesting insight from Tours.

To find maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Cairns online tour itinerary planner .

You can drive from Port Douglas to Cairns in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a shuttle. May in Cairns sees daily highs of 82°F and lows of 69°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Tours Wildlife Outdoors
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Scuba & Snorkeling

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