16 days in Australia Itinerary

16 days in Australia Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Sydney
— 3 nights
2
Canberra
— 1 night
3
Melbourne
— 3 nights
4
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 3 nights
5
Cairns
— 3 nights
6
Port Douglas
— 2 nights

3
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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate The Rocks and St Phillip's Anglican church. Visiting Bondi Beach and Bondi to Coogee Walk will get you outdoors. There's still lots to do: see a show at Sydney Opera House, see the interesting displays at Australian National Maritime Museum, take an in-depth tour of Hyde Park Barracks, and contemplate the long history of Justice & Police Museum.

For where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Sydney trip planner.

Use the Route module to find travel options from your starting location to Sydney. Expect a daytime high around °C in May, and nighttime lows around °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Canberra.

Things to do in Sydney

Museums Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Bondi to Coogee Walk
Find places to stay May 15 — 18:
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The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Bondi to Coogee Walk ©
Bondi to Coogee Walk
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach

1
night
Canberra

Canberra ©
A planned city with streets laid out in elaborate, geometric patterns and founded specifically to serve as the capital of the emerging Australian state, Canberra has a self-sufficient atmosphere.
On the 19th (Tue), explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Australia, get engrossed in the history at Australian War Memorial, and then get curious at Questacon.

To see ratings, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Canberra visit planner.

You can drive from Sydney to Canberra in 3.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Sydney in May, things will get a bit cooler in Canberra: highs are around °C and lows about °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Canberra

Museums Childrens Museums
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Australian War Memorial ©
Australian War Memorial
National Gallery of Australia ©
National Gallery of Australia
Questacon ©
Questacon

3
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Melbourne Museum and National Gallery of Victoria are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll explore and learn at Immigration Museum and Museum of Chinese Australian History Inc.. The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Old Melbourne Gaol, explore the world behind art at ArtVo, examine the collection at Australian Sports Museum, and learn more about the world around you at The National Opal Collection.

To see more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read Melbourne trip site.

You can fly from Canberra to Melbourne in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Canberra in May, expect a bit warmer with lows of °C in Melbourne. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums Historic Sites Parks
Find places to stay May 19 — 22:
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Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum
National Gallery of Victoria ©
National Gallery of Victoria
Old Melbourne Gaol ©
Old Melbourne Gaol

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Uluru and Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre. Do some cultural sightseeing at Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga and Kuniya Walk. The adventure continues: appreciate the views at Valley of the Winds, view the masterpieces at Walkatjara Art, take in the pleasant sights at Lungkata Walk, and make a trip to Field of Light.

Before you visit Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Fly from Melbourne to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. You'll gain 0.5 hours traveling from Melbourne to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Melbourne in May, you will find days in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park are somewhat warmer (°C), and nights are about the same (°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Museums
Find places to stay May 22 — 25:
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Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga ©
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga
Valley of the Winds ©
Valley of the Winds

3
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Village Gallery and Doongal Aboriginal Art Gallery Cairns. Take a break from the city and head to Scuba & Snorkeling and Esplanade Boardwalk. Take a break from Cairns with a short trip to Palm Cove Beach in Palm Cove, about 32 minutes away. There's lots more to do: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, explore and take pictures at The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk, and stroll through Trinity Beach.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Cairns road trip planner.

Getting from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Cairns by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive. The time zone changes from Australian Central Standard Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a 0.5 hour difference. In May, Cairns is a bit warmer than Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park - with highs of °C and lows of °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) so you can go by car to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Palm Cove, The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk, Trinity Beach
Find places to stay May 25 — 28:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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.
On the 29th (Fri), explore the gorgeous colors at Opal Reef, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then explore the galleries of Ngarru Gallery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Sat): take an exotic tour of a safari tour.

For other places to visit, photos, maps, and other tourist information, use the Port Douglas itinerary builder app.

Traveling by car from Cairns to Port Douglas takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Port Douglas are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
Find places to stay May 28 — 30:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Opal Reef ©
Opal Reef

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