12 days in Australia Itinerary

12 days in Australia Itinerary

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12 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Kuala Lumpur
Fly:  9​h 30​min
1
Melbourne
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Sydney
— 5 nights
Fly:  11​h 30​min
End: Kuala Lumpur

4
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Visiting Dandenong Ranges National Park and Eastern Beach Reserve will get you outdoors. Explore hidden gems such as Fort Nepean and Convent Gallery. Step out of Melbourne with an excursion to Point Lonsdale Lighthouse in Point Lonsdale--about 1h 35 min away. Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at St Paul's Cathedral, get curious at Australian Centre for the Moving Image, wander the streets of Melbourne Central, and take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Patrick's Cathedral.

For where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Melbourne travel planner.

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Melbourne is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference moving from Malaysia Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Victoria) is 2 hours. Expect much colder temperatures when traveling from Kuala Lumpur in May; daily highs in Melbourne reach 20°C and lows reach 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Convent Gallery, Dandenong Ranges National Park, Fort Nepean, Point Lonsdale Lighthouse, Eastern Beach Reserve
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Eastern Beach Reserve ©
Eastern Beach Reserve
Fort Nepean ©
Fort Nepean
Point Lonsdale Lighthouse ©
Point Lonsdale Lighthouse

5
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Sydney Town Hall and St. Mary's Cathedral. Madame Tussauds Sydney and Powerhouse Museum 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). There's much more to do: get to know the fascinating history of Cremorne Point to Mosman Bay Walk, wander the streets of Chinatown, play a few rounds at The Lakes Golf Club, and examine the collection at Australian National Maritime Museum.

To see maps, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Sydney trip planner.

You can fly from Melbourne to Sydney in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Melbourne in May: high temperatures in Sydney hover around 24°C and lows are around 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Museums Parks

Side Trips

Katoomba, Shelly Beach
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Shelly Beach ©
Shelly Beach
Sydney Town Hall ©
Sydney Town Hall
The Giant Stairway ©
The Giant Stairway

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