12 days in Australia Itinerary

12 days in Australia Itinerary

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12 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Fort Smith
Fly + Drive:  30​h
1
Gold Coast
— 1 day
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Sydney
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 30​min
3
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 1 night
Fly + taxi:  2​h
4
Alice Springs
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 15​min
5
Darwin
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h 15​min
6
Townsville
— 1 day
Fly:  2​h
7
Cairns
— 3 nights
Fly:  27​h
End: Fort Smith

1
day
Gold Coast

Gold Coast ©
A city of towering skyscrapers, sandy beaches, and tree-lined streets, Gold Coast has an unpretentious air complemented by a citywide focus on sports and the arts.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Wed): kick back and relax at Coolangatta Beach, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Burleigh Heads Beach, and then explore the striking landscape of Burleigh Head National Park.

To find other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Gold Coast trip planning website .

Fort Smith, USA to Gold Coast is an approximately 30-hour flight. Traveling from Fort Smith to Gold Coast, you'll lose 16 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Fort Smith in September, with highs in Gold Coast at 74°F and lows at 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Coolangatta Beach ©
Coolangatta Beach
Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Thu): catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, hike along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Bondi Beach, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Clovelly.

To see maps, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, use the Sydney tour itinerary tool .

Traveling by flight from Gold Coast to Sydney takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In September in Sydney, expect temperatures between 71°F during the day and 54°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

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
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House

1
night
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.
On the 28th (Fri), explore the striking landscape at Uluru, then trek along Kuniya Walk, then shop like a local with Walkatjara Art, and finally take in the awesome beauty at Kata Tjuta.

For photos, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip planner.

You can fly from Sydney to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 5.5 hours. Another option is to drive. While traveling from Sydney, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, ranging from highs of 83°F to lows of 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Alice Springs.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga ©
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga
Uluru ©
Uluru
Kuniya Walk ©
Kuniya Walk

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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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Sat): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Gillen, look for all kinds of wild species at Alice Springs Reptile Centre, and then identify plant and animal life at Alice Springs Desert Park.

To see reviews, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Alice Springs itinerary planning website .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Alice Springs takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In September in Alice Springs, expect temperatures between 82°F during the day and 50°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to travel to Darwin.

Things to do in Alice Springs

Parks Wildlife Nature
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Alice Springs Reptile Centre ©
Alice Springs Reptile Centre
Alice Springs Desert Park ©
Alice Springs Desert Park
Mount Gillen ©
Mount Gillen

1
night
Darwin

The smallest of Australia’s state capitals, Darwin has nevertheless become an attractive and important urban center, being simultaneously one of the country’s most modernized cities and a gateway to both the Top End region and South East Asia.
On the 30th (Sun), take a memorable tour with Tours. Keep things going the next day: get interesting insight from Tours and then look for all kinds of wild species at Crocosaurus Cove.

For photos, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read Darwin sightseeing planner.

Fly from Alice Springs to Darwin in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Alice Springs in September, plan for somewhat warmer days in Darwin, with highs around 91°F, while nights are warmer with lows around 72°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) early enough to travel to Townsville.

Things to do in Darwin

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Speed Boats Tours
Crocosaurus Cove ©
Crocosaurus Cove

1
day
Townsville

Townsville
Tucked snugly beneath a steep, craggy mount--known as Castle Hill--the vibrant city of Townsville is as picturesque as its backdrop.
On the 2nd (Tue), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Reef HQ Great Barrier Reef Aquarium, then kick back and relax at The Strand, and then take in the pleasant sights at Castle Hill.

To see ratings, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Townsville planner .

You can fly from Darwin to Townsville in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Darwin in October; daily highs in Townsville reach 84°F and lows reach 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Townsville

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Castle Hill
Castle Hill
The Strand ©
The Strand

3
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 3rd (Wed): identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, tour the pleasant surroundings at Trinity Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Palm Cove Beach.

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You can fly from Townsville to Cairns in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 85°F, and evening lows to 69°F. On the 5th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, Palm Cove Beach, Trinity Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach

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