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
Drive:  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.
Start 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 next day: see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum, then take in nature's colorful creations at Melbourne Zoo, and then have some family-friendly fun at Zero Latency.

To find photos, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read Melbourne travel itinerary planner.

Auckland, New Zealand to Melbourne is an approximately 7-hour flight. The time zone changes from New Zealand Standard Time (NZST) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Victoria) (AEST), which is usually a -2 hour difference. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Auckland in September: highs in Melbourne hover around 20°C, while lows dip to 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Outdoors Zoos & Aquariums
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Zero Latency ©
Zero Latency
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo

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.
On the 30th (Mon), trek along Kuniya Walk, then explore the activities along Mutitjulu Waterhole, then make a trip to Uluru, and finally trek along Uluru Hiking Path. On the next day, get outside with Walpa Gorge, then take in the dramatic natural features at Kata Tjuta, and then take an in-depth tour of Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre.

For more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park sightseeing planner .

Fly from Melbourne to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Melbourne in September, with highs in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park at 33°C and lows at 12°C. Wrap up 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 ©
Kata Tjuta
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.
On the 2nd (Wed), discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Keep things going the next day: take an exotic tour of a safari tour.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Port Douglas trip simple and quick.

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Port Douglas takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in October, you will find days in Port Douglas are slightly colder (34°C), and nights are a bit warmer (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 Outdoors Tours
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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: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

To see where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Cairns trip itinerary planner .

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, daytime highs in Cairns are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can travel to Whitsunday Island.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Nature & Wildlife Tours

1
night
Whitsunday Island

Whitsunday Island ©
On the 6th (Sun), contemplate the waterfront views at Hill Inlet and then enjoy the sand and surf at Whitehaven Beach.

For more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read our Whitsunday Island trip itinerary builder website .

Getting from Cairns to Whitsunday Island by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Cairns in October, plan for slightly colder nights in Whitsunday Island, with lows around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can 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: enjoy the sand and surf at Bondi Beach, meet the residents at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, hike along The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk, and take a stroll through The Rocks.

To find reviews, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read Sydney trip itinerary planner .

You can fly from Whitsunday Island to Sydney in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a train. While traveling from Whitsunday Island, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Sydney, ranging from highs of 28°C to lows of 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
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Manly Beach
Manly Beach

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