12 days in Australia Itinerary

12 days in Australia Itinerary

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12 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Chennai
Fly:  19​h 30​min
1
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)
— 1 night
+3
bus + foot + bus + Fly:  14​h 30​min
2
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 1 night
Fly + train:  6​h
3
Leura
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
5
Lord Howe Island
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 15​min
6
Cairns
— 2 nights
Fly:  13​h 15​min
End: Chennai

1
night
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) ©
Jabiru is a town in the Northern Territory of Australia. Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Tue): steep yourself in history at Nourlangie Rock and then delve into the distant past at Ubirr. On your second day here, don't miss a visit to Mirrai Lookout, identify plant and animal life at Yellow Water, and then see the interesting displays at Warradjan Cultural Centre.

To find where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) trip planner .

Chennai, India to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Chennai to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) is 4 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) to allow time to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Kakadu National Park
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Ubirr ©
Ubirr
Yellow Water ©
Yellow Water
Nourlangie Rock ©
Nourlangie Rock

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 4th (Thu), admire the verdant scenery at Valley of the Winds and then get outside with Walpa Gorge. On the 5th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Field of Light, hike along Uluru Hiking Path, then take in the dramatic natural features at Uluru, and finally hike along Kuniya Walk.

To see photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip planner .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park takes 14.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and flight. In July, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can travel to Leura.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Valley of the Winds ©
Valley of the Winds
Walpa Gorge ©
Walpa Gorge
Field of Light ©
Field of Light

1
day
Leura

Leura ©
Leura is a suburb in the City of Blue Mountains local government area that is located west of the Sydney central business district in New South Wales, Australia. Start off your visit on the 6th (Sat): admire the natural beauty at Everglades Historic House and Gardens, explore the world behind art at Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum, then take in the dramatic scenery at Wentworth Falls, then don't miss a visit to Sublime Point Lookout, and finally learn about winemaking at Megalong Creek Estate.

To find ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Leura driving holiday planner.

You can do a combination of flight and train from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Leura in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in July: highs in Leura hover around 20°C, while lows dip to 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Sydney.

Things to do in Leura

Wineries Parks Museums

Side Trips

Megalong Creek Estate, Wentworth Falls, Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum
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Wentworth Falls ©
Wentworth Falls
Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum ©
Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum
Everglades Historic House and Gardens ©

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.
Sydney is known for nightlife, trails, beaches, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: wander the streets of The Rocks, enjoy the sand and surf at Clovelly, take in nature's colorful creations at The Royal Botanic Garden, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Bondi Beach.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, go to the Sydney visit planner .

You can drive from Leura to Sydney in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. Traveling from Leura in July, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 9°C in Sydney. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Lord Howe Island.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Darling Harbour
Darling Harbour

1
night
Lord Howe Island

Lord Howe Island ©
Bursting out of the Tasman Sea, Lord Howe Island offers stunning scenery and many sandy beaches.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Wed): stroll through Lord Howe Island Walking Trails, see the interesting displays at Lord Howe Island Museum, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Ned's Beach.

For traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Lord Howe Island road trip planner .

You can fly from Sydney to Lord Howe Island in 3.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Lord Howe Island

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

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.
On the 11th (Thu), see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Fri): kick back and relax at Palm Cove Beach.

To see ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Cairns trip builder .

Traveling by flight from Lord Howe Island to Cairns takes 5.5 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Cairns can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. On the 12th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trip

Palm Cove Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach

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