16 days in Australia Itinerary

16 days in Australia Itinerary

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16 days in Australia Itinerary

Minneapolis
Fly:  22​h 45​min
Sydney
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
Canberra
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 45​min
Melbourne
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h
Cairns
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h
Brisbane
— 2 nights
Fly:  21​h
Minneapolis

4
days
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, trails, beaches, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, take in nature's colorful creations at The Royal Botanic Garden, kick back and relax at Bondi Beach, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium.

To see reviews, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Sydney online travel planner .

Minneapolis, USA to Sydney is an approximately 23-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) (AEST), which is usually a 16 hour difference. Traveling from Minneapolis in January, expect Sydney to be much hotter, temps between 82°F and 68°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can go by car to Canberra.

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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
The Rocks ©
The Rocks
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Sydney Harbour Bridge

1
day
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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Thu): get engrossed in the history at Australian War Memorial and then delve into the lush surroundings at Gondwana Rainforest.

For where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, use the Canberra journey maker site .

Traveling by car from Sydney to Canberra takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Traveling from Sydney in January, Canberra is a bit cooler at night with lows of 56°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Canberra

#Nature, #Parks, #Museums

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Gondwana Rainforest
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Australian War Memorial ©
Australian War Memorial

3
days
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, parks, shopping, zoos & aquariums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, examine the collection at Melbourne Museum, contemplate the long history of Old Melbourne Gaol, and don't miss a visit to Flinders Street Station.

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You can fly from Canberra to Melbourne in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Canberra in January, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Melbourne: temperatures range from 81°F by day to 58°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Mon) to allow time for travel to Cairns.

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Melbourne Boat Hire
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo

3
days
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Palm Cove (Hartley's Crocodile Adventures & Palm Cove Beach). Spend the 22nd (Tue) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's still lots to do: hike along Esplanade Boardwalk and take in the exciting artwork at Michael Seebeck Gallery.

For ratings, photos, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Cairns trip website .

You can fly from Melbourne to Cairns in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Melbourne in January; daily highs in Cairns reach 89°F and lows reach 75°F. On the 24th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Cairns

#Outdoors, #Wildlife, #Parks

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Palm Cove
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk

2
days
Brisbane

Brisbane ©
Queensland’s biggest town and state capital, Brisbane has an attractive, manicured image based around its riverside aesthetic as well as the contrast between its high-rise center and extensive urban greenery.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Fri): admire the natural beauty at Roma Street Parkland and then let the kids burn off some steam at South Bank Parklands. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Sat): look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary and then get great views at Mount Coot-tha Lookout.

To see photos, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Brisbane driving holiday planning site .

You can fly from Cairns to Brisbane in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from Cairns in January, expect nights in Brisbane to be about the same, around 71°F, while days are slightly colder, around 84°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

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South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Mount Coot-tha Lookout ©
Mount Coot-tha Lookout

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