16 days in Australia Itinerary

16 days in Australia Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Brisbane
Fly:  6 h
1
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
2
Cairns
— 3 nights
Fly:  4 h 45 min
3
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 2 nights
Fly:  4 h 45 min
4
Melbourne
— 3 nights
Fly:  3 h 30 min
5
Sydney
— 5 nights
Fly:  3 h 45 min
End: Brisbane

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 19th (Sat), stop by With Sugar and then get outside with Horses in Port. Here are some ideas for day two: head outdoors with The Bump Track and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Port Douglas tour itinerary maker.

Brisbane to Port Douglas is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Brisbane in September, expect Port Douglas to be somewhat warmer, temps between 33°C and 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Parks Wildlife
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas ©
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas
Four Mile Beach ©
Four Mile Beach

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.
Cairns is known for wildlife, adventure, and trails. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, appreciate the history behind Cairns Cenotaph, take a leisurely stroll along The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk, and head off the coast to Michaelmas Cay.

For other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read our Cairns trip maker website.

You can drive from Port Douglas to Cairns in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Cairns

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Earl Hill, Barron Gorge National Park, The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk
Earl Hill ©
Earl Hill

2
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.
On the 25th (Fri), go for a walk through Lungkata Walk, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga, and then explore the striking landscape at Walpa Gorge. On the 26th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: trek along Kuniya Walk, thenexplore the striking landscape at Uluru, thencontemplate the waterfront views at Mutitjulu Waterhole, and finally stroll through Uluru Hiking Path.

For maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park route planning tool.

You can fly from Cairns to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. You'll gain 0.5 hours traveling from Cairns to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Cairns in September, Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is little chillier at night with lows of 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Trails
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Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga ©
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga
Uluru ©
Uluru
Kuniya Walk ©
Kuniya Walk

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 is known for museums, shopping, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Melbourne Zoo, get your game on at Zero Latency, and head outdoors with Australian Rules Football Match.

To see where to stay, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Melbourne journey planner.

Traveling by flight from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Melbourne takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 0.5 hours traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Melbourne. When traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in September, plan for cooler days in Melbourne, with highs around 20°C, while nights are slightly colder with lows around 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

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

5
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.
Change things up with a short trip to Shelly Beach in Manly (about 36 minutes away). And it doesn't end there: hike along Bondi to Coogee Walk, kick back and relax at Bondi Beach, admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, and wander the streets of Darling Harbour.

To find maps, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Sydney online tour planner.

Fly from Melbourne to Sydney in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Melbourne in September, things will get somewhat warmer in Sydney: highs are around 25°C and lows about 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Shelly Beach, Bondi to Coogee Walk
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi to Coogee Walk ©
Bondi to Coogee Walk
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach

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