12 days in Australia Itinerary

12 days in Australia Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Hong Kong
Bus + Fly:  11 h
1
Cairns
— 2 nights
Shuttle + Fly:  6 h
2
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly:  3 h 30 min
3
Melbourne
— 1 night
Fly:  6 h 15 min
4
Perth
— 3 nights
Fly:  11 h
End: Hong Kong

2
nights
Cairns

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Passions of Paradise Reef Tour as well as NQ Hire Boats. Museum-lovers will get to explore The Australian Armour & Artillery Museum and Samurai Gallery Australia. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like St Monica's Cathedral and Doongal Aboriginal Art Gallery Cairns. There's more to do: hike along Esplanade Boardwalk and pause for some photo ops at Cairns Cenotaph.

To see photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Cairns travel route planner.

Hong Kong, China to Cairns is an approximately 11.5- hour combination of bus and flight. You can also do a combination of ferry and flight; or fly. The time zone changes from Hong Kong Standard Time (HKT) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST), which is usually a 2 hour difference. Traveling from Hong Kong in December, things will get somewhat warmer in Cairns: highs are around 36°C and lows about 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Museums Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk
Passions of Paradise Reef Tour ©
Passions of Paradise Reef Tour
NQ Hire Boats ©
NQ Hire Boats

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.
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 Hyde Park Barracks. Appreciate the collections at Australian National Maritime Museum and Jason Ree. There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Bondi to Coogee Walk, take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, explore the world behind art at Art Gallery of New South Wales, and explore the striking landscape at Mrs Macquarie's Chair.

For photos, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Sydney online visit planner.

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Cairns to Sydney takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In December, Sydney is little chillier than Cairns - with highs of 32°C and lows of 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Museums

Side Trips

Taronga Zoo, Bondi to Coogee Walk
Highlights from your plan
The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Bondi to Coogee Walk ©
Bondi to Coogee Walk
Australian National Maritime Museum ©
Australian National Maritime Museum

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 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 find reviews, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Melbourne tour itinerary planner.

You can fly from Sydney to Melbourne in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. 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 travel to Perth.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trip

St. Kilda Beach
Highlights from your plan
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum
National Gallery of Victoria ©
National Gallery of Victoria
Old Melbourne Gaol ©
Old Melbourne Gaol

3
nights
Perth

Perth ©
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. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the long history of The Perth Mint, pause for some photo ops at The Bell Tower, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Kings Park and Botanic Garden.

To see more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read our Perth trip itinerary maker site.

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Perth takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) to Australian Western Standard Time (AWST) is minus 2 hours. When traveling from Melbourne in December, plan for somewhat warmer days in Perth, with highs around 35°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 17°C. You will leave for home on the 31st (Thu).

Things to do in Perth

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

Fremantle
Highlights from your plan
Swan River ©
Swan River
Fremantle Prison ©
Fremantle Prison
The Perth Mint ©
The Perth Mint

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