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
— 4 nights
Fly + train:  3​h 45​min
2
Mosman
— 3 nights
train + Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Brisbane
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
4
Bribie Island
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
5
Williamstown
— 2 nights
Fly:  27​h
End: Springfield

4
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Atherton Tablelands and Michaelmas Cay. Get in touch with nature at Scuba & Snorkeling and Hartley's Crocodile Adventures. Go for a jaunt from Cairns to Palm Cove to see Palm Cove Beach about 32 minutes away. There's much more to do: identify plant and animal life at Tablelands, Waterfalls, and Spanish Castle, view the masterpieces at Bones and Jones, brush up on your military savvy at The Australian Armour & Artillery Museum, and have some family-friendly fun at Cairns Kart Hire Track.

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Springfield, USA to Cairns is an approximately 23.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 16 hours traveling from Springfield to Cairns. Traveling from Springfield in May, expect Cairns to be somewhat warmer, temps between 82°F and 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Mosman.

Things to do in Cairns

#Wildlife, #Parks, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Palm Cove, The Australian Armour & Artillery Museum, Cairns Kart Hire Track
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Michaelmas Cay ©
Michaelmas Cay
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

3
nights
Mosman

Mosman ©
If it weren't for the amazing view of Sydney Harbour, Mosman might seem light-years away from Australia's largest and busiest city.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Wed): stroll through Bronte Beach, kick back and relax at Tamarama Beach, then enjoy the sea views from Macquarie Lighthouse, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Shelly Beach, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Balmoral Beach, Mosman. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: steep yourself in history at Manly Quarantine Station, then steep yourself in history at Vaucluse House, then meet the residents at Taronga Zoo, and finally stroll through Nielsen Park.

For photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Mosman journey site .

Getting from Cairns to Mosman by combination of flight and train takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Cairns in May: high temperatures in Mosman hover around 70°F and lows are around 53°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Mosman

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trips

Vaucluse, Manly, Bronte Beach, Tamarama Beach
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Balmoral Beach, Mosman ©
Balmoral Beach, Mosman
Shelly Beach ©
Shelly Beach
Bronte Beach ©
Bronte Beach

3
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.
Popular historic sites such as Wolston Farmhouse and Victoria Bridge Abutment are in your itinerary. Get some cultural insight at Queensland Art Gallery and Newstead House. There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, admire the masterpieces at GOMA, take a stroll through West End, and make a trip to Boggo Road Gaol.

To find ratings, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read Brisbane route planning website .

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Mosman to Brisbane takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, flight, and bus; or drive. In May, daytime highs in Brisbane are 74°F, while nighttime lows are 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Bribie Island.

Things to do in Brisbane

#Neighborhoods, #Historic Sites, #Museums

Side Trip

Wolston Farmhouse
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West End ©
West End
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Wolston Farmhouse ©
Wolston Farmhouse

2
nights
Bribie Island

Bribie Island ©
Start off your visit on the 28th (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at Sylvan Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: identify plant and animal life at Eric the Emu, enjoy the sand and surf at Bongaree Beach, then see the interesting displays at Bribie Island Seaside Museum, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Woorim Beach.

To see other places to visit, maps, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Bribie Island road trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Brisbane to Bribie Island takes 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 74°F in May, and nighttime lows around 55°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) so you can travel to Williamstown.

Things to do in Bribie Island

#Parks, #Beaches, #Outdoors
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Bribie Island Seaside Museum ©
Bribie Island Seaside Museum

2
nights
Williamstown

Williamstown ©
Start off your visit on the 30th (Wed): take in the architecture and atmosphere at St John's Anglican Church and then contemplate the long history of Abbotsford Convent. On the next day, see the interesting displays at Scienceworks, admire all the interesting features of Rippon Lea, then kick back and relax at St. Kilda Beach, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Williamstown Uniting Church.

For traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Williamstown trip planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Bribie Island to Williamstown. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Bribie Island in May: high temperatures in Williamstown hover around 63°F and lows are around 47°F. You'll have a few hours on the 1st (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Williamstown

#Historic Sites, #Museums, #Parks

Side Trips

Abbotsford Convent, St. Kilda Beach, St John's Anglican Church, RAAF Museum, Scienceworks
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Rippon Lea ©
Rippon Lea
St. Kilda Beach ©
St. Kilda Beach
Scienceworks ©
Scienceworks

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