12 days in Australia Itinerary

12 days in Australia Itinerary

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12 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Atlanta
Fly:  23​h 30​min
1
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h
2
Cairns
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
3
Perth
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h 15​min
4
Melbourne
— 2 nights
Fly:  25​h
End: Atlanta

3
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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Bondi Beach and Manly Beach. Get outdoors at Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk and Clovelly. And it doesn't end there: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, take in nature's colorful creations at The Royal Botanic Garden, trek along The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk, and enjoy the sand and surf at Clontarf Beach.

For reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Sydney trip itinerary planning tool .

Atlanta, USA to Sydney is an approximately 23.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) is 15 hours. Prepare for warmer weather when traveling from Atlanta in December: high temperatures in Sydney hover around 81°F and lows are around 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Manly Beach
Manly Beach

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 (Thu): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Fri): experience rural life at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures and then stroll through Palm Cove Beach.

Plan my day in Cairns using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

You can fly from Sydney to Cairns in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Sydney in December; daily highs in Cairns reach 88°F and lows reach 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Perth.

Things to do in Cairns

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

1
night
Perth

Perth ©
A modern metropolis of glassy skyscrapers, waterside boulevards, and lush residential neighborhoods, Perth sits on the edge of the Swan Coastal Plain.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Sat): kick back and relax at Scarborough Beach, then kick back and relax at Cottesloe Beach, and then admire the natural beauty at Kings Park & Botanic Garden.

To find reviews, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, use the Perth online trip maker .

Fly from Cairns to Perth in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Cairns to Perth due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Cairns in December, Perth is a bit cooler at night with lows of 59°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Perth

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Cottesloe Beach, Scarborough Beach
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Kings Park and Botanic Garden ©
Kings Park and Botanic Garden
Cottesloe Beach ©
Cottesloe Beach
Scarborough Beach ©
Scarborough Beach

2
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Escape the urban bustle at Sandridge Beach and Melbourne Boat Hire. We've included these beaches for you: Half Moon Bay and St. Kilda Beach. There's lots more to do: meet the residents at Melbourne Zoo, admire the natural beauty at Fitzroy Gardens, and enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck 88.

To see photos and tourist information, read our Melbourne day trip app .

Getting from Perth to Melbourne by flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Perth to Melbourne due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Perth in December; daily highs in Melbourne reach 78°F and lows reach 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

St. Kilda Beach
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Sandridge Beach ©
Sandridge Beach
St. Kilda Beach ©
St. Kilda Beach
Half Moon Bay ©
Half Moon Bay

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