16 days in Australia Itinerary

16 days in Australia Itinerary

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16 days in Australia Itinerary

New York City
bus + Fly:  25​h
Canberra
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly:  7​h 15​min
Perth
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h 15​min
Melbourne
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 2 nights
Fly + shuttle:  6​h
Port Douglas
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
Cairns
— 2 nights
Fly:  23​h 30​min
New York City

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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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Tue): get a sense of history and politics at Parliament of Australia, admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Australia, and then get engrossed in the history at Australian War Memorial.

For maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Canberra trip planner.

New York City, USA to Canberra is an approximately 25-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from New York City to Canberra, you'll lose 15 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from New York City in September, expect nights in Canberra to be colder, around 37°F, while days are little chillier, around 63°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can drive to Sydney.

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Australian War Memorial ©
Australian War Memorial
Parliament of Australia ©
Parliament of Australia
National Gallery of Australia ©
National Gallery of Australia

2
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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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Wed): take in nature's colorful creations at The Royal Botanic Garden, see a show at Sydney Opera House, hike along The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk, then snap pictures at Sydney Harbour Bridge, and finally take a stroll through The Rocks. Here are some ideas for day two: wander the streets of Darling Harbour, tour the pleasant surroundings at Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, then kick back and relax at Bondi Beach, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Sydney Tower Eye and Skywalk.

To see maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Sydney online trip itinerary planner .

Drive from Canberra to Sydney in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Canberra in September; daily highs in Sydney reach 71°F and lows reach 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Perth.

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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
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Sydney Harbour Bridge

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Perth

Perth ©
A modern metropolis of glassy skyscrapers, waterside boulevards, and lush residential neighborhoods, Perth sits on the edge of the Swan Coastal Plain.
For traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Perth visit app .

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Perth takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) (AEST) to Australian Western Standard Time (AWST) is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Sydney in September, expect a bit cooler with lows of 47°F in Perth. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Melbourne.

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Kings Park & Botanic Garden ©
Kings Park & Botanic Garden
The Perth Mint ©
The Perth Mint

2
days
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sun): admire nature's wide array of creatures at Melbourne Zoo, explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Victoria, and then admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum, savor the flavors at Food & Drink, then learn about all things military at Shrine of Remembrance, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck 88.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Melbourne tour planning tool .

You can fly from Perth to Melbourne in 6.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. The time zone difference moving from Australian Western Standard Time (AWST) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Victoria) (AEST) is 2 hours. When traveling from Perth in September, plan for little chillier days in Melbourne, with highs around 63°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

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National Gallery of Victoria ©
National Gallery of Victoria
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo

2
days
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park ©
For quintessential Outback scenery and culture, you can't beat a holiday in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, a World Heritage Site.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Tue): trek along Uluru Hiking Path, get engrossed in the history at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Kata Tjuta. On the 12th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get outside with Walpa Gorge, explore the galleries of Walkatjara Art, then trek along Kuniya Walk, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Uluru.

For other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip builder tool .

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Melbourne in September: high temperatures in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park hover around 83°F and lows are around 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

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Kata Tjuta ©
Kata Tjuta
Uluru ©
Uluru
Walpa Gorge ©
Walpa Gorge

1
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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 13th (Thu), discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Port Douglas route planner .

Getting from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Port Douglas by combination of flight and shuttle takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive. Traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Port Douglas, with lows of 66°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can go by car to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

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Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
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Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas ©
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas

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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.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Cairns road trip planning site .

Drive from Port Douglas to Cairns in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. In September, daytime highs in Cairns are 83°F, while nighttime lows are 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

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Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk
Esplanade Lagoon Pool ©
Esplanade Lagoon Pool

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