12 days in Australia Itinerary

12 days in Australia Itinerary

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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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Passions of Paradise Reef Tour. Museum-lovers will get to explore The Australian Armour & Artillery Museum and Samurai Gallery Australia. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Doongal Aboriginal Art Gallery Cairns and St Monica's Cathedral. It doesn't end there: trek along Esplanade Boardwalk and observe the fascinating underwater world at Cairns Aquarium.

For photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Cairns driving holiday planner.

Hong Kong, China to Cairns is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Hong Kong Standard Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time is 2 hours. Traveling from Hong Kong in December, things will get a bit warmer in Cairns: highs are around 36°C and lows about 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to fly to Sydney.
Museums · Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours

Sydney — 3 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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Taronga Zoo as well as Sydney Harbour Bridge. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Sydney Opera House and Australian National Maritime Museum. Appreciate the collections at Hyde Park Barracks and Art Gallery of New South Wales. The adventure continues: get to know the fascinating history of The Rocks, explore the striking landscape at Mrs Macquarie's Chair, take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, and hike along Bondi to Coogee Walk.

To find photos, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Sydney route planner.

You can fly from Cairns to Sydney in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Cairns in December, expect Sydney to be slightly colder, temps between 32°C and 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can catch the flight to Melbourne.
Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums · Neighborhoods
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Melbourne — 1 night

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 27th (Sun): see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum, then admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Victoria, and then take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck. On the next day, ponder the world of politics at Parliament House of Victoria, then contemplate the long history of Old Melbourne Gaol, then get engrossed in the history at Immigration Museum, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at St. Kilda Beach.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read our Melbourne tour itinerary planner.

You can fly from Sydney to Melbourne in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Traveling from Sydney in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Melbourne, with lows of 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) so you can fly to Perth.
Museums · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks
Side Trip

Perth — 3 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 29th (Tue), contemplate the waterfront views at Swan River, steep yourself in history at Fremantle Prison, and then make a trip to St Patrick's Basilica. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the long history of The Perth Mint and then admire the natural beauty at Kings Park and Botanic Garden.

To see ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Perth tour itinerary planning tool.

Fly from Melbourne to Perth in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) to Australian Western Standard Time (AWST), which is usually a -2 hour difference. When traveling from Melbourne in December, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Perth: temperatures range from 35°C by day to 17°C at night. On the 31st (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.
Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Museums
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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.