12 days in Australia & Japan Itinerary

12 days in Australia & Japan Itinerary

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Sydney, Australia
— 3 nights
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, Australia
— 2 nights
Port Douglas, Australia
— 1 night
Cairns, Australia
— 2 nights
Kyoto, Japan
— 3 nights


Sydney, Australia

— 3 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.
Sydney is known for nightlife, beaches, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, snap pictures at Sydney Harbour Bridge, take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Sydney Fish Market.

For where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Sydney trip planner.

San Francisco, USA to Sydney is an approximately 17-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time is 18 hours. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from San Francisco in June; daily highs in Sydney reach 65°F and lows reach 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks · Outdoors · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jun 12 — 15:

Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, Australia

— 2 nights
Please note that visitors are no longer allowed to trek up Uluru.

Located right in the center of Australia, the national park boasts perhaps the country's most iconic natural symbol and a sacred place for the region's indigenous people--as well as Kata Tjuta, a collection of 36 red rocks forming an equally distinctive sight.
On the 16th (Wed), hike along Uluru Hiking Path, take in the pleasant sights at Mala Walk, then explore the striking landscape at Uluru, and finally hike along Kuniya Walk. On the 17th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: go for a walk through Lungkata Walk and then take in the dramatic natural features at Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park online itinerary planner.

You can fly from Sydney to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time to Australian Central Standard Time is minus 0.5 hours. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Sydney in June since evenings lows in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park dip to 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails
Find places to stay Jun 15 — 17:

Port Douglas, Australia

— 1 night
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 18th (Fri), meet the residents at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, take an in-depth tour of Port Douglas Court House Museum, then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and finally take some stellar pictures from Flagstaff Hill Lookout.

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Getting from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Port Douglas by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive. You'll lose 0.5 hours traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Port Douglas due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in June, you will find days in Port Douglas are somewhat warmer (79°F), and nights are much hotter (65°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to drive to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Zoos & Aquariums
Find places to stay Jun 17 — 18:

Cairns, Australia

— 2 nights

The Gateway to the Great Barrier Reef

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 19th (Sat), get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Cairns road trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Port Douglas to Cairns takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In June in Cairns, expect temperatures between 79°F during the day and 66°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks
Find places to stay Jun 18 — 20:

Kyoto, Japan

— 3 nights
The national capital for over a thousand years, Kyoto retains much of the charm of old Japan, boasting numerous temples and shrines that seem completely untouched by the modern world.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Mon): contemplate the long history of Sanjusangendo Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and then make a trip to Kiyomizu-dera Temple. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to Nijo Castle, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ryoanji Temple, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ginkakuji Temple.

To see photos, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, go to the Kyoto vacation website.

Getting from Cairns to Kyoto by flight takes about 12 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Cairns to Kyoto. Expect a daytime high around 81°F in June, and nighttime lows around 67°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jun 20 — 23:

Australia travel guide

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.

Japan travel guide

Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Historic Sites
Land of the Rising Sun
Part of a volcanic archipelago that encompasses over 6,800 islands, Japan remains one of Asia's most fascinating tourist destinations, where a blend of modernity and tradition creates a look and feel completely different from any other place in the world. A tour of Japan lets you discover big cities filled with ancient temples and innovative skyscrapers, as well as quiet country landscapes dotted with castles, perfectly manicured gardens, cherry orchards, and primeval forests seemingly untouched by the hand of mass tourism. Many tourists on vacation in Japan devote lots of time to the country's unique cuisine, prepared with painstaking attention to detail and a genius for simple yet effective presentation.