16 days in Australia Itinerary

16 days in Australia Itinerary

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16 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Guangzhou
+3
Train + Bus + Fly + Shuttle:  13​h 15​min
1
Port Douglas
— 1 day
Bus:  1​h 15​min
2
Cairns
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h
3
Sydney
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
4
Canberra
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 30​min
5
Melbourne
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
6
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 3 nights
Fly:  16​h 45​min
End: Guangzhou

1
day
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 11th (Sat), learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then explore the galleries of Ngarru Gallery.

For maps, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Port Douglas vacation planner .

Guangzhou, China to Port Douglas is an approximately 13.5-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and shuttle. The time zone difference when traveling from Guangzhou to Port Douglas is 2 hours. Plan for warmer temperatures traveling from Guangzhou in January, with highs in Port Douglas at 37°C and lows at 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to take a bus to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas ©
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas

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 12th (Sun): take in the waterfront at The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk, then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then hike along Esplanade Boardwalk. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Mon): get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, then enjoy the sand and surf at Trinity Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Palm Cove Beach.

For ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Cairns road trip website .

You can take a bus from Port Douglas to Cairns in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a shuttle. January in Cairns sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Palm Cove Beach, The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk, Trinity Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach

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.
Family-friendly places like Bondi Beach and Manly Beach will thrill your kids. Museum-lovers will appreciate Australian National Maritime Museum and Art Gallery of New South Wales. And it doesn't end there: wander the streets of The Rocks, hike along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, and get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium.

To see photos, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Sydney journey planner .

Getting from Cairns to Sydney by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Cairns in January; daily highs in Sydney reach 32°C and lows reach 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Canberra.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Museums

Side Trip

Bondi to Coogee Walk
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Darling Harbour ©
Darling Harbour
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
The Rocks ©
The Rocks

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 (Sun), explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Australia, then take an in-depth tour of Australian War Memorial, and then get curious at Questacon.

To find more things to do, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Canberra online travel planner .

Traveling by car from Sydney to Canberra takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Sydney in January, plan for slightly colder nights in Canberra, with lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) 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.
Bring the kids along to Melbourne Museum and Melbourne Zoo. Museum-lovers will appreciate National Gallery of Victoria and Sovereign Hill. Next up on the itinerary: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, get engrossed in the history at Immigration Museum, take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck, and don't miss a visit to Fitzroy Gardens.

To find maps, reviews, photos, and tourist information, go to the Melbourne day trip planner.

Fly from Canberra to Melbourne in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Canberra in January, you will find days in Melbourne are little chillier (32°C), and nights are about the same (17°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Sovereign Hill
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Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum
Sovereign Hill ©
Sovereign Hill
National Gallery of Victoria ©
National Gallery of Victoria

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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): browse the exhibits of Walkatjara Art, then trek along Kuniya Walk, then take in the awesome beauty at Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga, and finally admire the verdant scenery at Valley of the Winds. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Fri): explore the striking landscape at Uluru, then contemplate the waterfront views at Mutitjulu Waterhole, and then get answers to all your questions at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre.

For ratings, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip planning website .

You can fly from Melbourne to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 5 hours. Another option is to drive. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Melbourne in January; daily highs in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park reach 43°C and lows reach 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

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

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