16 days in Australia Itinerary

16 days in Australia Itinerary

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16 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
1
Melbourne
— 4 nights
+2
Fly + foot + bus:  6​h
2
Noosa
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Brisbane
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h
4
Gold Coast
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
5
Cairns
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h
End: Melbourne

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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Melbourne Zoo and Eureka Skydeck 88. The adventure continues: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Victoria, take an in-depth tour of Immigration Museum, and steep yourself in history at Old Melbourne Gaol.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Melbourne online trip itinerary planner .

Use the Route module to see travel options from your home to Melbourne. In May, daytime highs in Melbourne are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Noosa.

Things to do in Melbourne

#Museums, #Parks, #Historic Sites
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Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo
Old Melbourne Gaol ©
Old Melbourne Gaol

2
nights
Noosa

Noosa ©
Known for its "green" development and north-facing beach, Noosa is a natural getaway.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Wed): stroll through Noosa Main Beach and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Mooloolaba Beach. On your second day here, explore the striking landscape of Noosa National Park.

For ratings, maps, photos, and tourist information, read our Noosa road trip website .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Melbourne to Noosa in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight, train, and bus; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Brisbane.

Things to do in Noosa

#Parks, #Nature, #Beaches

Side Trip

Mooloolaba Beach
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Noosa Main Beach ©
Noosa Main Beach
Mooloolaba Beach ©
Mooloolaba Beach
Noosa National Park
Noosa National Park

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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Fri): identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary and then take in nature's colorful creations at City Botanic Gardens. Keep things going the next day: explore and take pictures at Suncorp Stadium and then let the kids burn off some steam at South Bank Parklands.

To find maps, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read our Brisbane trip itinerary tool .

Getting from Noosa to Brisbane by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In May, daytime highs in Brisbane are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Brisbane

#Parks, #Fun & Games, #Wildlife
Find places to stay May 10 — 13:
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South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
City Botanic Gardens ©
City Botanic Gardens

2
nights
Gold Coast

Gold Coast ©
A city of towering skyscrapers, sandy beaches, and tree-lined streets, Gold Coast has an unpretentious air complemented by a citywide focus on sports and the arts.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Sun): meet the residents at Sea World Theme Park and then get in on the family fun at Infinity Attraction. Here are some ideas for day two: find something for the whole family at Warner Bros. Movie World and then enjoy breathtaking views from SkyPoint Observation Deck.

For reviews, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, use the Gold Coast online travel route planner .

You can drive from Brisbane to Gold Coast in an hour. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In May, daily temperatures in Gold Coast can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Gold Coast

#Theme Parks, #Parks, #Zoos & Aquariums
Find places to stay May 13 — 15:
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Sea World Theme Park ©
Sea World Theme Park
Warner Bros. Movie World ©
Warner Bros. Movie World
Surfer's Paradise Beach
Surfer's Paradise Beach

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.
Family-friendly places like Scuba & Snorkeling and Safaris will thrill your kids. Venture out of the city with trips to Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas (in Port Douglas) and Palm Cove (Hartley's Crocodile Adventures & Palm Cove Beach). There's more to do: tour the water at your own pace with Shaolin Junk Cruises and have some family-friendly fun at Cairns Kart Hire Track.

To see photos, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Cairns trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Gold Coast to Cairns takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In May, Cairns is somewhat warmer than Gold Coast - with highs of 32°C and lows of 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

#Outdoors, #Wildlife, #Tours

Side Trips

Port Douglas, Palm Cove, Cairns Kart Hire Track
Find places to stay May 15 — 19:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Safaris

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