12 days in Australia Itinerary

12 days in Australia Itinerary

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12 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Auckland
Fly:  7​h
1
Melbourne
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 45​min
2
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 2 nights
Fly + shuttle:  5​h 45​min
3
Port Douglas
— 1 night
bus:  1​h 15​min
4
Cairns
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
5
Whitsunday Island
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h
6
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
End: Auckland

1
night
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sat): enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck 88 and then admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Sun): see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum, meet the residents at Melbourne Zoo, and then have some family-friendly fun at Zero Latency.

For more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Melbourne trip planning app .

Auckland, New Zealand to Melbourne is an approximately 7-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Auckland to Melbourne. When traveling from Auckland in September, plan for a bit warmer days in Melbourne, with highs around 20°C, while nights are slightly colder with lows around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Museums
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Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum
Eureka Skydeck ©
Eureka Skydeck

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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Mon): trek along Kuniya Walk, contemplate the waterfront views at Mutitjulu Waterhole, then don't miss a visit to Uluru, and finally hike along Uluru Hiking Path. On the 1st (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: head outdoors with Walpa Gorge, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Kata Tjuta, and then get engrossed in the history at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip itinerary site .

You can fly from Melbourne to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 5 hours. Another option is to drive. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Melbourne in September, with highs in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park at 33°C and lows at 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga ©
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga
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 2nd (Wed): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Here are some ideas for day two: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, use the Port Douglas route builder website .

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Port Douglas takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. When traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in October, plan for little chillier days in Port Douglas, with highs around 34°C, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to go by car to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris

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 4th (Fri): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Here are some ideas for day two: look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Cairns itinerary maker tool .

You can drive from Port Douglas to Cairns in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a shuttle. In October, daily temperatures in Cairns can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can travel to Whitsunday Island.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Nature & Wildlife Tours

1
night
Whitsunday Island

Whitsunday Island ©
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sun): contemplate the waterfront views at Hill Inlet and then kick back and relax at Whitehaven Beach.

To see ratings, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, go to the Whitsunday Island travel itinerary planner .

You can fly from Cairns to Whitsunday Island in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Whitsunday Island when traveling from Cairns in October, with lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Whitsunday Island

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Hill Inlet ©
Hill Inlet
Whitehaven Beach ©
Whitehaven Beach

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: kick back and relax at Bondi Beach, take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, stroll through Manly Beach, and take in the views from Sydney Harbour Bridge.

For other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Sydney trip itinerary builder site .

Fly from Whitsunday Island to Sydney in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a train. When traveling from Whitsunday Island in October, plan for slightly colder days in Sydney, with highs around 28°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Find places to stay Oct 6 — 9:
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Manly Beach
Manly Beach

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