16 days in Australia Itinerary

16 days in Australia Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
2
Cairns
— 2 nights
3
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 3 nights
4
Melbourne
— 2 nights
5
Sydney
— 4 nights

2
nights
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.
Step out of Port Douglas to go to Diwan and see Alexandra Bay Waterfall, which is approximately 48 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, stop by With Sugar, view the masterpieces at Ngarru Gallery, and identify plant and animal life at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures.

To find reviews, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Port Douglas trip itinerary maker app.

Toronto, Canada to Port Douglas is an approximately 30-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time is 15 hours. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Toronto in May; daily highs in Port Douglas reach °C and lows reach °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Alexandra Bay Waterfall, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas ©
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

2
nights
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 7th (Thu): take in the exciting artwork at Bones and Jones, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then appreciate the history behind Cairns Cenotaph. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Fri): stroll through Esplanade Boardwalk and then get interesting insight from Tours.

For more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Cairns trip planner.

Drive from Port Douglas to Cairns in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Cairns are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk

3
nights
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park ©
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.
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is known for nature, museums, and outdoors. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the striking landscape at Uluru, get advice or help at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, appreciate the views at Valley of the Winds, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga.

For ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park day trip tool.

You can fly from Cairns to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 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. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Cairns in May; daily highs in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park reach °C and lows reach °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Museums
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Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga ©
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga
Valley of the Winds ©
Valley of the Winds

2
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Tue): take in nature's colorful creations at Queen Victoria Gardens, enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck, thentake in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, thenpause for some photo ops at Shrine of Remembrance, and finally admire the natural beauty at Fitzroy Gardens. On the 13th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Melbourne Zoo, thensee the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum, and then admire the natural beauty at Royal Exhibition Building.

To find reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read Melbourne day trip planner.

You can fly from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Melbourne in 5 hours. Another option is to drive. The time zone difference moving from Australian Central Standard Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time is 0.5 hours. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in May; daily highs in Melbourne reach °C and lows reach °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Museums
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Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo

4
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.
Sydney is known for nightlife, beaches, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: listen to music at Sydney Opera House, take a stroll through Darling Harbour, take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, and explore the striking landscape at Mrs Macquarie's Chair.

To find reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Sydney tour builder app.

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Sydney takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Melbourne in May, expect Sydney to be somewhat warmer, temps between °C and °C. On the 17th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Bondi to Coogee Walk
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi to Coogee Walk ©
Bondi to Coogee Walk
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge

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