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
Sydney
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Blue Mountains National Park
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 30​min
Melbourne
— Few hours
Fly:  4​h 30​min
Whitsunday Island
— 1 night
ferry:  1​h 15​min
Airlie Beach
— 1 night
bus:  3​h 45​min
Townsville
— 1 night
Fly + shuttle:  4​h 30​min
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
Cairns
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:  7​h 30​min
End: Manila, Luzon

2
days
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 23rd (Sun), take a stroll through The Rocks, then trek along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Bondi Beach. On your second day here, see a show at Sydney Opera House, hike along The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk, then stroll through Manly Beach, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Clovelly.

To find other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Sydney trip builder app .

Manila, Philippines to Sydney is an approximately 11-hour combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Manila to Sydney, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Manila in December: high temperatures in Sydney hover around 32°C and lows are around 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can travel to Blue Mountains National Park.

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The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©

1
day
Blue Mountains National Park

Blue Mountains National Park ©
This is the official community page for Blue Mountains National Park. Kick off your visit on the 25th (Tue): explore the stunning scenery at Pulpit Rock Lookout, get to know the fascinating history of The National Pass, and then explore the activities along Wentworth Falls Lake.

To see reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Blue Mountains National Park trip itinerary builder .

You can drive from Sydney to Blue Mountains National Park in 2.5 hours. In December, daytime highs in Blue Mountains National Park are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Blue Mountains National Park

#Parks, #Nature, #Trails

Side Trip

Wentworth Falls Lake
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The National Pass ©
The National Pass
Pulpit Rock Lookout ©
Pulpit Rock Lookout

few
hours
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Escape Discovery Adventures. Kick off your visit on the 26th (Wed): take a memorable tour with Escape Discovery Adventures, brush up on your military savvy at Shrine of Remembrance, and then admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens.

To find reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Melbourne travel route planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Blue Mountains National Park to Melbourne. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Blue Mountains National Park in December, with highs in Melbourne at 30°C and lows at 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to travel to Whitsunday Island.

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Escape Discovery Adventures ©
Escape Discovery Adventures
Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens

1
day
Whitsunday Island

Whitsunday Island ©
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Thu): contemplate the waterfront views at Hill Inlet and then stroll through Whitehaven Beach.

For more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Whitsunday Island itinerary builder website .

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Whitsunday Island takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a train. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Melbourne in December, with highs in Whitsunday Island at 37°C and lows at 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can catch the ferry to Airlie Beach.

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Whitehaven Beach ©
Whitehaven Beach
Hill Inlet ©
Hill Inlet

1
day
Airlie Beach

Airlie Beach ©
Very much a town with an emphasis on the tropical lifestyle, Airlie Beach offers exotic surroundings with palm trees and charming, sandy beaches.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Fri): stop by Whitsunday Opals, then kick back and relax at Airlie Beach Lagoon, and then get interesting insight from Tours.

For ratings, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Airlie Beach itinerary builder app .

Traveling by ferry from Whitsunday Island to Airlie Beach takes 1.5 hours. Traveling from Whitsunday Island in December, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Airlie Beach, with lows around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can take a bus to Townsville.

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#Outdoors, #Tours, #Adventure
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Airlie Beach Lagoon ©
Airlie Beach Lagoon
Kayaking & Canoeing
Whitsunday Opals ©
Whitsunday Opals

1
day
Townsville

Townsville ©
Tucked snugly beneath a steep, craggy mount--known as Castle Hill--the vibrant city of Townsville is as picturesque as its backdrop.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sat): admire all the interesting features of Reef HQ Great Barrier Reef Aquarium, enjoy the sand and surf at The Strand, and then go for a walk through Castle Hill.

For ratings, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Townsville road trip website .

You can take a bus from Airlie Beach to Townsville in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in December, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can travel to Port Douglas.

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The Strand ©
The Strand
Castle Hill
Castle Hill

2
days
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.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Sun): look for gifts at With Sugar, see the vivid underwater world at Agincourt Reef, and then identify plant and animal life at Mossman Gorge. Keep things going the next day: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For traveler tips and other tourist information, read our Port Douglas vacation planner .

Do a combination of flight and shuttle from Townsville to Port Douglas in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. In December, daily temperatures in Port Douglas can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) to allow time to drive to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

#Wildlife, #Tours, #Outdoors

Side Trip

Mossman Gorge
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Agincourt Reef ©
Agincourt Reef

2
days
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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Tue): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed): stroll through Trinity Beach, kick back and relax at Palm Cove Beach, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Monica's Cathedral.

For ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Cairns trip itinerary maker site .

You can drive from Port Douglas to Cairns in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. December in Cairns sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 26°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Wildlife

Side Trips

Palm Cove Beach, Trinity Beach
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Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach

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