16 days in Australia Itinerary

16 days in Australia Itinerary

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16 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Springfield
Fly:  23​h 30​min
1
Cairns
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h
2
Brisbane
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
3
Melbourne
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
4
Sydney
— 5 nights
Fly:  22​h 15​min
End: Springfield

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.
Visiting Scuba & Snorkeling and Trinity Beach will get you outdoors. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cairns: Palm Cove (Hartley's Crocodile Adventures & Palm Cove Beach). There's still lots to do: pause for some serene contemplation at St Monica's Cathedral.

For more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Cairns trip itinerary planner.

Springfield, USA to Cairns is an approximately 23.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. You'll lose 16 hours traveling from Springfield to Cairns due to the time zone difference. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Springfield in May, with highs in Cairns at 82°F and lows at 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Cairns

#Outdoors, #Wildlife, #Parks

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Trinity Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach

2
nights
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 22nd (Tue): look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, explore the world behind art at Queensland Art Gallery, and then take in the views from Victoria Bridge Abutment.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Brisbane holiday site .

Getting from Cairns to Brisbane by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Cairns in May, with highs in Brisbane at 74°F and lows at 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Brisbane

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Museums
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Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Queensland Art Gallery ©
Queensland Art Gallery
Victoria Bridge Abutment ©
Victoria Bridge Abutment

4
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Shrine of Remembrance and Old Melbourne Gaol. Escape the urban bustle at Melbourne Zoo and St. Kilda Beach. There's much more to do: examine the collection at Melbourne Museum, admire the landmark architecture of Royal Exhibition Building, enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck 88, and wander the streets of Melbourne Central.

To see photos, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Melbourne online route planner .

Getting from Brisbane to Melbourne by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In May, Melbourne is little chillier than Brisbane - with highs of 63°F and lows of 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

#Museums, #Parks, #Outdoors

Side Trip

St. Kilda Beach
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Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance
National Gallery of Victoria ©
National Gallery of Victoria
St. Kilda Beach ©
St. Kilda Beach

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.
Get in touch with nature at Bondi Beach and Sydney Harbour National Park. Visit Manly Beach and Clovelly for some beach relaxation. And it doesn't end there: listen to music at Sydney Opera House, examine the collection at Australian National Maritime Museum, kick back and relax at Coogee Beach, and trek along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk.

To see where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Sydney itinerary tool .

Fly from Melbourne to Sydney in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Melbourne in May; daily highs in Sydney reach 70°F and lows reach 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk
Manly Beach
Manly Beach

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