12 days in Australia Itinerary

12 days in Australia Itinerary

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Sydney
— 3 nights
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Gold Coast
— 1 night
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Brisbane
— 1 night
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Port Douglas
— 2 nights
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Cairns
— 1 night
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Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 3 nights

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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.
Visit Bondi Beach and Manly Beach for some beach relaxation. Take a break from the city and head to Bondi to Coogee Walk and Clovelly Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Sydney: Shelly Beach (in Manly) and Wentworth Falls (in Wentworth Falls). There's still lots to do: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, observe the fascinating underwater world at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, take in the dramatic natural features at Mrs Macquarie's Chair, and kick back and relax at Lady Bay.

For other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read our Sydney online itinerary maker.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from your home destination to Sydney. In December, daytime highs in Sydney are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Shelly Beach, Bondi to Coogee Walk, Wentworth Falls
Highlights from your plan
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Bondi to Coogee Walk ©
Bondi to Coogee Walk
Manly Beach
Manly Beach

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Gold Coast

Gold Coast ©
A city of towering skyscrapers, sandy beaches, and tree-lined streets, Gold Coast has an unpretentious air complemented by a citywide focus on sports and the arts.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Burleigh Heads Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Surfers Paradise Beach, and then get outside with Pelican Feeding.

To find ratings, photos, maps, and tourist information, use the Gold Coast online trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Gold Coast takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Gold Coast can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Brisbane.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Surfers Paradise Beach ©
Surfers Paradise Beach
Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Pelican Feeding ©
Pelican Feeding

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Brisbane

Brisbane ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Sun): get great views at Mount Coot-Tha Summit Lookout and then look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary.

For ratings, maps, photos, and tourist information, use the Brisbane trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Gold Coast to Brisbane takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Brisbane

Wildlife · Parks
Highlights from your plan
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Mount Coot-Tha Summit Lookout ©
Mount Coot-Tha Summit Lookout

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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 28th (Mon), look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through Palm Cove Beach and then identify plant and animal life at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read Port Douglas online itinerary builder.

Fly from Brisbane to Port Douglas in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Brisbane in December, you will find days in Port Douglas are a bit warmer (36°C), and nights are about the same (26°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, Palm Cove Beach
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach
Safaris

1
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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.
On the 30th (Wed), kick back and relax at Trinity Beach, stroll through Esplanade Boardwalk, and then take a memorable tour with Tours.

To see more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Cairns vacation site.

Traveling by car from Port Douglas to Cairns takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. December in Cairns sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 26°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) so you can travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trip

Trinity Beach
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk

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Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park ©
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Uluru and Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga. Bring the kids along to Valley of the Winds and Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre. There's lots more to do: hike along Uluru Hiking Path, look for all kinds of wild species at Kuniya Walk, contemplate the waterfront views at Mutitjulu Waterhole, and shop like a local with Walkatjara Art Uluru.

For where to stay, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read our Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park planning tool.

You can fly from Cairns to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. You'll gain 0.5 hours traveling from Cairns to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Cairns in December: highs in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park hover around 42°C, while lows dip to 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks · Nature · Museums
Highlights from your plan
Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga ©
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga
Valley of the Winds ©
Valley of the Winds

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