12 days in Australia Itinerary

12 days in Australia Itinerary

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12 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Manila, Luzon
bus + Fly:  11​h 30​min
1
Melbourne
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Sydney
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Leura
— 2 nights
train + Fly:  6​h
4
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 1 night
Fly + shuttle:  6​h
5
Port Douglas
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Cairns
— 1 night
Fly + bus:  7​h 30​min
End: Manila, Luzon

2
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
For shopping fun, head to Melbourne Central or Readings Book Shop. Do some cultural sightseeing at Shrine of Remembrance and National Gallery of Victoria. The adventure continues: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, look for gifts at Ambiance Gifts, wander the streets of Collins St/Swanston St, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Degraves Street.

To see other places to visit, maps, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Melbourne road trip planning site .

Manila, Philippines to Melbourne is an approximately 11.5-hour combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Manila to Melbourne is 2 hours. Traveling from Manila in December, you will find days in Melbourne are little chillier (30°C), and nights are cooler (14°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

#Shopping, #Neighborhoods, #Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 23 — 25:
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Melbourne Central ©
Melbourne Central
Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance
Old Melbourne Gaol ©
Old Melbourne Gaol

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.
For shopping fun, head to Sydney Fish Market or Haigh's Chocolates Strand Arcade. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like The Rocks and Australian National Maritime Museum. There's lots more to do: see a show at Sydney Opera House, take in the views from Sydney Harbour Bridge, take a stroll through Darling Harbour, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Bondi Beach.

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Fly from Melbourne to Sydney in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Melbourne in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Sydney, with lows of 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can go by car to Leura.

Things to do in Sydney

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Dec 25 — 28:
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Sydney Fish Market ©
Sydney Fish Market
The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House

2
nights
Leura

Leura ©
Leura is a suburb in the City of Blue Mountains local government area that is located west of the Sydney central business district in New South Wales, Australia. Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sat): look for gifts at Teddy Sinclair, look for gifts at Rick Rutherford's Country, pick up a one of a kind souvenir at Victory Theatre Antique Centre, then stop by The Candy Store Leura, then look for gifts at The Nook, and finally browse the different shops at Leura Mall. Here are some ideas for day two: look for gifts at Blue Mountains Chocolate Company, then view the masterpieces at Lost Bear Gallery, then look for gifts at Katoomba Vintage Emporium, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of The National Pass.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Leura online sightseeing planner .

Getting from Sydney to Leura by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train. December in Leura sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Leura

#Shopping, #Parks, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Katoomba, Victory Theatre Antique Centre, Rick Rutherford's Country, The National Pass
Find places to stay Dec 28 — 30:
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The Nook ©
The Nook
Rick Rutherford's Country ©
Rick Rutherford's Country
The Candy Store Leura ©
The Candy Store Leura

1
night
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park ©
For quintessential Outback scenery and culture, you can't beat a holiday in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, a World Heritage Site.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Mon): trek along Kuniya Walk, take in the dramatic natural features at Uluru, then get engrossed in the history at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, then view the masterpieces at Walkatjara Art, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Uluru Hiking Path.

To find more things to do, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park day trip app .

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Leura to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Leura in December, things will get somewhat warmer in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park: highs are around 42°C and lows about 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) so you can travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors
Find places to stay Dec 30 — 31:
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Uluru ©
Uluru
Kuniya Walk ©
Kuniya Walk
Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre
Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre

1
day
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 1st (Tue), see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see reviews, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Port Douglas route planner.

Do a combination of flight and shuttle from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Port Douglas in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. While traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Port Douglas, ranging from highs of 37°C to lows of 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to drive to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

#Wildlife, #Outdoors, #Adventure
Find places to stay Dec 31 — Jan 1:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling

1
night
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 2nd (Wed), discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Cairns trip app .

Traveling by car from Port Douglas to Cairns takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. January in Cairns sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

#Wildlife, #Outdoors, #Adventure
Find places to stay Jan 1 — 2:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling

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