12 days in Australia Itinerary

12 days in Australia Itinerary

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Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
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Port Douglas
— 3 nights


Melbourne — 1 night

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 10th (Wed): see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum, take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens.

For photos, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Melbourne trip builder tool.

Chandigarh, India to Melbourne is an approximately 18-hour flight. You'll lose 4.5 hours traveling from Chandigarh to Melbourne due to the time zone difference. In August in Melbourne, expect temperatures between 16°C during the day and 6°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Sydney.
Parks · Museums

Sydney — 3 nights

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, sightseeing, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the striking features of Sydney Opera House, hunt for treasures at Sydney Fish Market, take a stroll through Darling Harbour, and get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Sydney trip itinerary builder site.

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Sydney takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Melbourne in August: high temperatures in Sydney hover around 22°C and lows are around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.
Parks · Neighborhoods · Outdoors · Historic Sites
Side Trip

Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park — 3 nights

Please note that visitors are no longer allowed to trek up Uluru.

Located right in the center of Australia, the national park boasts perhaps the country's most iconic natural symbol and a sacred place for the region's indigenous people--as well as Kata Tjuta, a collection of 36 red rocks forming an equally distinctive sight.
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is known for nature, sightseeing, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: stroll through Uluru, take in the dramatic natural features at Walpa Gorge, go for a walk through Mala Walk, and take in the awesome beauty at Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga.

To see maps, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park driving holiday planner.

You can fly from Sydney to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) to Australian Central Standard Time (ACST) is minus 0.5 hours. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Sydney in August: highs in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park hover around 27°C, while lows dip to 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can fly to Cairns.
Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors

Cairns — 1 night

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 17th (Wed): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Cairns holiday maker.

You can fly from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Cairns in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Cairns, you'll lose 0.5 hours due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, expect a bit warmer days and much hotter nights in Cairns, ranging from highs of 31°C to lows of 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Port Douglas.
Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours
Highlights from your trip

Port Douglas — 3 nights

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 18th (Thu), see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Fri): look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To find photos, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read Port Douglas trip itinerary website.

Traveling by car from Cairns to Port Douglas takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In August in Port Douglas, expect temperatures between 31°C during the day and 19°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight back home.
Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Spas
Side Trip

Australia travel guide

Beaches · Wildlife Areas · Gardens
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.