12 days in Australia Itinerary

12 days in Australia Itinerary

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Cairns — 4 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.
Get in touch with nature at Trinity Beach and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Change things up with these side-trips from Cairns: Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas (in Port Douglas) and Palm Cove (Palm Cove Beach & Spas). There's much more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Billy Tea Safaris, admire the natural beauty at Botanical Gardens, and see majestic marine mammals with Seastar Cruises Reef Day Trips.

For reviews, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Cairns trip maker.

Ottawa, Canada to Cairns is an approximately 28-hour flight. Traveling from Ottawa to Cairns, you'll lose 15 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Ottawa in October, things will get much hotter in Cairns: highs are around 34°C and lows about 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Darwin.
Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks
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Darwin — 3 nights

Outback Capital of the Northern Territory

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like RFDS Darwin Tourist Facility and Defence of Darwin Experience. Escape the urban bustle at Speed Boats Tours and Crocosaurus Cove. Spend the 24th (Mon) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's still lots to do: brush up on your military savvy at Darwin Aviation Museum and cool off at Darwin Waterfront.

To find where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Darwin driving holiday planner.

Getting from Cairns to Darwin by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 0.5 hours traveling from Cairns to Darwin. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Cairns in October; daily highs in Darwin reach 39°C and lows reach 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Gold Coast.
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Gold Coast — 3 nights

A city of towering skyscrapers, sandy beaches, and tree-lined streets, Gold Coast has an unpretentious air complemented by a citywide focus on sports and the arts.
Get outdoors at Kurrawa Beach and Coolangatta Beach. Explore hidden gems such as Sundive Byron Bay and Burleigh Heads Beach. When in Gold Coast, make a side trip to see Cape Byron Walking Track in Byron Bay, approximately Byron Bay away. There's more to do: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Burleigh Head National Park and browse the different shops at Robina Town Centre.

For where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Gold Coast route maker website.

You can fly from Darwin to Gold Coast in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Australian Central Standard Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time is 0.5 hours. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Darwin in October: high temperatures in Gold Coast hover around 29°C and lows are around 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Sat) to allow time for the flight back home.
Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife
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Australia travel guide

Beaches · Wildlife Areas · Gardens
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.