12 days in Australia Itinerary

12 days in Australia Itinerary

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Cairns
— 2 nights
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Brisbane
— 1 night
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Sydney
— 2 nights
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Melbourne
— 2 nights
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Perth
— 2 nights
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Cairns

— 2 nights

The Gateway to the Great Barrier Reef

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 4th (Sun), tour the pleasant surroundings at Esplanade Boardwalk and then observe the fascinating underwater world at Cairns Aquarium. Keep things going the next day: identify plant and animal life at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, then enjoy the sand and surf at Palm Cove Beach, and then trek along Wrights Lookout.

To find more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Cairns trip planner.

Manchester, UK to Cairns is an approximately 23.5-hour flight. You'll lose 10 hours traveling from Manchester to Cairns due to the time zone difference. Expect warmer temperatures when traveling from Manchester in April; daily highs in Cairns reach 34°C and lows reach 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

Brisbane

— 1 night

Australia's New World City

Queensland’s biggest town and state capital, Brisbane has an attractive, manicured image based around its riverside aesthetic as well as the contrast between its high-rise center and extensive urban greenery.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Wed): get great views at Mount Coot-Tha Summit Lookout, take in nature's colorful creations at Roma Street Parkland, and then take in nature's colorful creations at City Botanic Gardens.

To find where to stay, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read Brisbane attractions planner.

Fly from Cairns to Brisbane in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or take a train. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Cairns in April; daily highs in Brisbane reach 30°C and lows reach 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks

Sydney

— 2 nights

The Harbour City

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 8th (Thu): admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, then see a show at Sydney Opera House, then take in the views from Sydney Harbour Bridge, and finally wander the streets of Darling Harbour. On the 9th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: trek along Bondi to Coogee Walk, then kick back and relax at Bondi Beach, and then stop by The Rocks.

To find ratings, maps, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Sydney travel itinerary planner.

Fly from Brisbane to Sydney in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or take a bus. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Brisbane in April: highs in Sydney hover around 26°C, while lows dip to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Neighborhoods · Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Melbourne

— 2 nights

Australia's Garden City

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 10th (Sat): learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Melbourne Zoo, take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, and then enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Sun): awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area.

For reviews, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Melbourne online driving holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Melbourne takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or take a train. Traveling from Sydney in April, things will get slightly colder in Melbourne: highs are around 23°C and lows about 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Perth.

Things to do in Melbourne

Tours · Wineries · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

Perth

— 2 nights

City of Light

A modern metropolis of glassy skyscrapers, waterside boulevards, and lush residential neighborhoods, Perth sits on the edge of the Swan Coastal Plain.
On the 12th (Mon), pause for some photo ops at State War Memorial, then admire the natural beauty at Kings Park and Botanic Garden, then steep yourself in history at The Perth Mint, and finally take in the views from Elizabeth Quay. On the 13th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the activities along Swan River, then browse the exhibits of Fremantle Prison, and then make a trip to Monument Hill War Memorial.

For photos, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, use the Perth route planner.

You can fly from Melbourne to Perth in 6.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive; or take a train. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) to Australian Western Standard Time (AWST) is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Melbourne in April, expect Perth to be somewhat warmer, temps between 31°C and 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Perth

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Museums

Side Trip

Australia travel guide

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Beaches · Gardens · Wildlife Areas
Australia is a country of breathtaking beauty and unforgettable adventure. From coast to coast you’ll find ancient rainforests, towering cities, stunning outback landscapes and white sand beaches. It’s not only the scenery that varies here, but also the lifestyle. Lay back and relax within a coastal paradise, explore the bustling laneways of a lively metropolis, or feed your sense of adventure in the most remote and remarkable pockets of the country. Whether you’re connecting with Aboriginal culture, tasting seafood straight from the ocean, or diving with gentle whale sharks, you’ll discover why there’s nothing like Australia.