16 days in Australia Itinerary

16 days in Australia Itinerary

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Start: Brisbane
Drive:  1 h 15 min
1
Gold Coast
— 1 night
Fly:  3 h 30 min
2
Sydney
— 4 nights
Fly:  3 h 30 min
3
Melbourne
— 3 nights
Fly + Shuttle:  6 h 30 min
4
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
Bus:  1 h 15 min
5
Cairns
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + Foot + Ferry:  4 h 45 min
6
Airlie Beach
— 2 nights
+2
Bus + Taxi + Fly:  5 h
End: Brisbane

1
night
Gold Coast

Gold Coast ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at Burleigh Head National Park, enjoy the sand and surf at Coolangatta Beach, and then stroll through Burleigh Heads Beach. Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Kurrawa Beach, then browse the different shops at Pacific Fair Shopping Centre, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Kirra Beach.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Gold Coast itinerary builder.

Brisbane to Gold Coast is an approximately 1.5- hour car ride. You can also take a bus; or take a train. In June, daily temperatures in Gold Coast can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Beaches Outdoors Parks
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Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park
Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Coolangatta Beach ©
Coolangatta 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.
Visit The Rocks and St. Mary's Cathedral for their historical value. Get in touch with nature at Blue Mountains and Bondi to Coogee Walk. Venture out of the city with trips to Bridal Veil Falls (in Katoomba) and Wentworth Falls (in Wentworth Falls). There's still lots to do: see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, take in the dramatic natural features at Mrs Macquarie's Chair, get to know the fascinating history of Cremorne Point to Mosman Bay Walk, and take in the views from Sydney Harbour Bridge.

To find more things to do, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Sydney trip maker tool.

Traveling by flight from Gold Coast to Sydney takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In June, plan for daily highs up to 21°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Katoomba, Wentworth Falls, Bondi to Coogee Walk
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Blue Mountains ©
Blue Mountains
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Wentworth Falls ©
Wentworth Falls

3
nights
Melbourne

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Spas and South Melbourne Market. Do your shopping at Federation Square and Collins St/Swanston St. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Melbourne: The Mill Markets (in Daylesford) and Ballarat Botanical Gardens (in Ballarat). There's still lots to do: soar above the sights with a balloon tour, wander the streets of Degraves Street, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Patrick's Cathedral.

To find photos, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Melbourne trip maker tool.

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Melbourne takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Sydney in June, with highs in Melbourne at 16°C and lows at 6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Melbourne

Shopping Neighborhoods Tours

Side Trips

Daylesford, Ballarat Botanical Gardens
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Spas
The Mill Markets ©
The Mill Markets
Balloon Rides

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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then stop by With Sugar, then look for all kinds of wild species at Mossman Gorge Centre, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas. On the next day, browse the exhibits of Ngarru Gallery, learn about winemaking at Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, and finally explore the gorgeous colors at Agincourt Reef.

To find out how to plan a trip to Port Douglas, use our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Melbourne to Port Douglas takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In July, Port Douglas is warmer than Melbourne - with highs of 30°C and lows of 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) to allow time to take a bus to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Parks Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery, Mossman Gorge Centre
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Boat Tours & Water Sports
Agincourt Reef ©
Agincourt Reef
Mossman Gorge Centre ©
Mossman Gorge Centre

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Palm Cove Beach and Trinity Beach. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Dolphin & Whale Watching and Crystal Cascades. There's much more to do: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, admire the natural beauty at Botanical Gardens, look for gifts at Annie's at the Beach, and scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour.

To see traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Cairns trip builder app.

Traveling by bus from Port Douglas to Cairns takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in July, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to travel to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Crystal Cascades, Trinity Beach
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach

2
nights
Airlie Beach

Airlie Beach ©
Very much a town with an emphasis on the tropical lifestyle, Airlie Beach offers exotic surroundings with palm trees and charming, sandy beaches.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Wed): take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports and then take in the pleasant sights at Bicentennial Walkway. On the 9th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, then kick back and relax at Airlie Beach Lagoon, and then take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour.

To see more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Airlie Beach trip planner.

Getting from Cairns to Airlie Beach by combination of flight and ferry takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. When traveling from Cairns in July, plan for slightly colder days in Airlie Beach, with highs around 24°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Tours Outdoors Beaches
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Airlie Beach Lagoon ©
Airlie Beach Lagoon
Boat Tours & Water Sports
Spas

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