16 days in Australia Itinerary

16 days in Australia Itinerary

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16 days in Australia Itinerary

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

3
days
Cairns

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 in touch with nature at Palm Cove Beach and Trinity Beach. Do some cultural sightseeing at St Monica's Cathedral and Doongal Aboriginal Art. There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Atherton Tablelands, admire the natural beauty at Botanical Gardens, browse the exhibits of Bones and Jones, and head off the coast to Michaelmas Cay.

For reviews, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Cairns vacation 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. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Springfield in May: high temperatures in Cairns hover around 82°F and lows are around 69°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Cairns

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Beaches

Side Trips

Palm Cove Beach, Trinity Beach, The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk
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Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
Michaelmas Cay ©
Michaelmas Cay

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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): explore the world behind art at GOMA, examine the collection at Museum of Brisbane, and then snap pictures at Victoria Bridge Abutment. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the masterpieces at Queensland Art Gallery, examine the collection at Queensland Museum & Sciencentre, and then wander the streets of West End.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Brisbane route planner.

You can fly from Cairns to Brisbane in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Cairns in May, with highs in Brisbane at 74°F and lows at 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Brisbane

#Museums, #Parks, #Neighborhoods
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GOMA ©
GOMA
Museum of Brisbane ©
Museum of Brisbane
Queensland Museum & Sciencentre ©
Queensland Museum & Sciencentre

4
days
Melbourne

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Get a sense of the local culture at Old Melbourne Gaol and Federation Square. Discover out-of-the-way places like Ballarat Wildlife Park and Y Water Discovery Centre. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Melbourne: Art Gallery of Ballarat (in Ballarat) and Sedona Estate (in Murrindindi). Dedicate the 28th (Mon) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Patrick's Cathedral, contemplate the long history of St Paul's Cathedral, and take an in-depth tour of Immigration Museum.

To see ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Melbourne driving holiday site .

Traveling by flight from Brisbane to Melbourne takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Brisbane in May; daily highs in Melbourne reach 63°F and lows reach 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

#Tours, #Historic Sites, #Wildlife

Side Trips

Ballarat, Sedona Estate, Y Water Discovery Centre
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Wine Tours & Tastings
Ballarat Wildlife Park ©
Ballarat Wildlife Park
Y Water Discovery Centre ©
Y Water Discovery Centre

3
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.
Get outdoors at Jenolan Caves and Featherdale Wildlife Park. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Bouddi National Park and Nan Tien Temple. There's much more to do: explore the world behind art at Art Gallery of New South Wales, stroll through Clovelly, see the interesting displays at Australian National Maritime Museum, and admire the striking features of Olympia Milk Bar.

For maps, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Sydney online itinerary planner .

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Sydney takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Melbourne in May, expect Sydney to be a bit warmer, temps between 70°F and 54°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Nature

Side Trips

Nan Tien Temple, Featherdale Wildlife Park, Bouddi National Park, Jenolan Caves
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Jenolan Caves ©
Jenolan Caves
Featherdale Wildlife Park ©
Featherdale Wildlife Park
Art Gallery of New South Wales ©
Art Gallery of New South Wales

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