12 days in Australia Itinerary

12 days in Australia Itinerary

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12 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Bengaluru
Fly:  16​h 45​min
1
Cairns
— 1 night
bus:  1​h 15​min
2
Port Douglas
— 1 night
shuttle + Fly:  5​h 45​min
3
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 1 day
Fly:  4​h 45​min
4
Melbourne
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 30​min
5
Canberra
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
6
Sydney
— 4 nights
Fly:  16​h 30​min
End: Bengaluru

1
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.
On the 8th (Thu), see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Fri): brush up on your military savvy at The Australian Armour & Artillery Museum, then stroll through Trinity Beach, and then kick back and relax at Palm Cove Beach.

For where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Cairns online trip builder .

Bengaluru, India to Cairns is an approximately 17-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from India Standard Time (IST) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) (AEST) is 4 hours. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Bengaluru in August, with highs in Cairns at 31°C and lows at 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Palm Cove Beach, Trinity Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach

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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Sat): take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For reviews, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Port Douglas attractions planning website .

Traveling by car from Cairns to Port Douglas takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. August in Port Douglas sees daily highs of 31°C and lows of 19°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Tours Wildlife Outdoors
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Scuba & Snorkeling

1
day
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 11th (Sun): hike along Kuniya Walk, take in the dramatic natural features at Uluru, then take in the exciting artwork at Walkatjara Art, then get answers to all your questions at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, and finally hike along Uluru Hiking Path.

For where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip itinerary builder website .

Do a combination of shuttle and flight from Port Douglas to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Port Douglas in August, expect nights in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to be much colder, around 6°C, while days are slightly colder, around 27°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Trails
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Uluru ©
Uluru
Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre ©
Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre
Walkatjara Art ©
Walkatjara Art

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night
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Mon): examine the collection at Melbourne Museum, then take an in-depth tour of Royal Historical Society of Victoria, then see the interesting displays at The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia, and finally view the masterpieces at Craft Victoria. On the 13th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at National Sports Museum, brush up on your military savvy at Shrine of Remembrance, then admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Victoria, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of East Melbourne Synagogue.

For more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Melbourne tour itinerary website .

Traveling by flight from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Melbourne takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. While traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Melbourne, ranging from highs of 16°C to lows of 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can travel to Canberra.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
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Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum
Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance
National Gallery of Victoria ©
National Gallery of Victoria

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night
Canberra

Canberra ©
A planned city with streets laid out in elaborate, geometric patterns and founded specifically to serve as the capital of the emerging Australian state, Canberra has a self-sufficient atmosphere.
On the 14th (Wed), explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Australia, then explore the world behind art at National Portrait Gallery, and then take an in-depth tour of Australian War Memorial.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Canberra online travel route planner .

You can fly from Melbourne to Canberra in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Melbourne in August, expect a bit cooler with lows of 0°C in Canberra. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can go by car to Sydney.

Things to do in Canberra

Museums
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Australian War Memorial ©
Australian War Memorial
National Gallery of Australia ©
National Gallery of Australia
National Portrait Gallery ©
National Portrait Gallery

4
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.
Visit Bondi Beach and Manly Beach for some beach relaxation. The Rocks and Elizabeth Bay House will appeal to history buffs. The adventure continues: see a show at Sydney Opera House, explore the world behind art at Australian Centre for Photography, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Peter's Presbyterian Church, and examine the collection at Australian National Maritime Museum.

To find maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Sydney trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Canberra to Sydney takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Canberra in August, expect Sydney to be somewhat warmer, temps between 22°C and 11°C. On the 18th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Museums Beaches Parks
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The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House

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