12 days in Australia Itinerary

12 days in Australia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Australia Trip Planner

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Melbourne
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Melbourne

— 4 nights

Australia's Garden City

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Visiting Eastern Beach Reserve and Dandenong Ranges National Park will get you outdoors. Explore hidden gems such as Fort Nepean and Point Lonsdale Lighthouse. Step out of Melbourne with an excursion to Convent Gallery in Daylesford--about 1h 40 min away. Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Cooks' Cottage, browse the different shops at Melbourne Central, see the interesting displays at Australian Centre for the Moving Image, and pause for some serene contemplation at St Paul's Cathedral.

To see where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Melbourne vacation planner.

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Melbourne is an approximately 12-hour flight. The time zone changes from Malaysia Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a 2 hour difference. In May, Melbourne is colder than Kuala Lumpur - with highs of 20°C and lows of 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Tue) to allow time for travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Sydney

— 5 nights

The Harbour City

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Sydney Town Hall and The Lakes Golf Club. Madame Tussauds Sydney and Museum of Contemporary Art will appeal to museum buffs. Get out of town with these interesting Sydney side-trips: Shelly Beach (in Manly) and Katoomba (Echo Point Lookout & The Giant Stairway). The adventure continues: appreciate the extensive heritage of Cremorne Point to Mosman Bay Walk, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Mary's Cathedral, stop by Chinatown, and examine the collection at Australian National Maritime Museum.

To see maps, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Sydney sightseeing planning site.

Fly from Melbourne to Sydney in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Melbourne in May, things will get a bit warmer in Sydney: highs are around 24°C and lows about 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors · Museums · Parks · Trails

Side Trips

Australia travel guide

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Beaches · Gardens · Wildlife Areas
Australia is a country of breathtaking beauty and unforgettable adventure. From coast to coast you’ll find ancient rainforests, towering cities, stunning outback landscapes and white sand beaches. It’s not only the scenery that varies here, but also the lifestyle. Lay back and relax within a coastal paradise, explore the bustling laneways of a lively metropolis, or feed your sense of adventure in the most remote and remarkable pockets of the country. Whether you’re connecting with Aboriginal culture, tasting seafood straight from the ocean, or diving with gentle whale sharks, you’ll discover why there’s nothing like Australia.