12 days in Australia Itinerary

12 days in Australia Itinerary

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12 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Singapore
Fly:  13​h
1
Hobart
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 30​min
2
Canberra
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Sydney
— 2 nights
Fly + shuttle:  6​h 45​min
4
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
shuttle + Fly:  5​h 15​min
5
Darwin
— 2 nights
Fly:  9​h
End: Singapore

1
night
Hobart

Hobart ©
Snaking up the side of a rounded, tree-dotted hill, Hobart sits between Tasmania’s sprawling mountains and the vast estuary of the River Derwent.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Sat): get curious at Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, then see the interesting displays at Mawson's Hut Replica Museum, then identify plant and animal life at Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary, and finally snap pictures at Richmond Bridge. Keep things going the next day: steep yourself in history at Hobart Convict Penitentiary, then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Cascade Brewery, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Battery Point Sculpture Trail.

For traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Hobart visit planner.

Singapore, Singapore to Hobart is an approximately 13-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference moving from Singapore Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Tasmania) is 2 hours. Expect much colder temperatures when traveling from Singapore in August; daily highs in Hobart reach 15°C and lows reach 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Canberra.

Things to do in Hobart

Historic Sites Museums Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Richmond Bridge, Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary
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Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary
Mawson's Hut Replica Museum ©
Mawson's Hut Replica Museum
Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery ©
Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery

1
night
Canberra

Canberra ©
A planned city with streets laid out in elaborate, geometric patterns and founded specifically to serve as the capital of the emerging Australian state, Canberra has a self-sufficient atmosphere.
On the 5th (Mon), explore the world behind art at National Portrait Gallery, then get engrossed in the history at Australian War Memorial, and then make a trip to Mount Ainslie Lookout. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Tue): contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Burley Griffin and then get engrossed in the history at National Museum of Australia.

For photos, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Canberra holiday planner .

Traveling by flight from Hobart to Canberra takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Hobart in August, plan for little chillier nights in Canberra, with lows around 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Sydney.

Things to do in Canberra

Museums Nature Parks
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National Portrait Gallery ©
National Portrait Gallery
National Museum of Australia ©
National Museum of Australia
Australian War Memorial ©
Australian War Memorial

2
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.
On the 7th (Wed), take a stroll through The Rocks, then take in the views from Sydney Harbour Bridge, and then enjoy some music at Sydney Opera House. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at Australian National Maritime Museum and then wander the streets of Darling Harbour.

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Getting from Canberra to Sydney by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Canberra in August, with highs in Sydney at 22°C and lows at 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Sydney

Neighborhoods Museums Historic Sites
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Darling Harbour ©
Darling Harbour

2
nights
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Agincourt Reef and Opal Reef. Change things up with these side-trips from Port Douglas: Australian Butterfly Sanctuary (in Kuranda) and Palm Cove Beach (in Palm Cove). Spend the 9th (Fri) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. The adventure continues: take in the exciting artwork at Des Spencer Galleries.

To find maps, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Port Douglas route planner.

Do a combination of flight and shuttle from Sydney to Port Douglas in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Sydney in August, expect Port Douglas to be somewhat warmer, temps between 31°C and 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can travel to Darwin.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, Palm Cove Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Agincourt Reef ©
Agincourt Reef
Australian Butterfly Sanctuary ©
Australian Butterfly Sanctuary

2
nights
Darwin

Darwin ©
The smallest of Australia’s state capitals, Darwin has nevertheless become an attractive and important urban center, being simultaneously one of the country’s most modernized cities and a gateway to both the Top End region and South East Asia.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Mon): take an in-depth tour of RFDS Darwin Tourist Facility, then examine the collection at Defence of Darwin Experience, and then take an in-depth tour of Darwin Aviation Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Tue): explore the galleries of Outstation Gallery - Aboriginal Art from Art Centres and then race across the water with a speed boat tour.

For other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Darwin trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Port Douglas to Darwin by combination of shuttle and flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Port Douglas, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Darwin, ranging from highs of 37°C to lows of 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Darwin

Museums Tours Outdoors
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Defence of Darwin Experience ©
Defence of Darwin Experience
Darwin Aviation Museum ©
Darwin Aviation Museum
RFDS Darwin Tourist Facility ©
RFDS Darwin Tourist Facility

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