16 days in Australia Itinerary

16 days in Australia Itinerary

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16 days in Australia Itinerary

Zurich
Fly:  27​h
Darwin
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h
Alice Springs
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h
Orange
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
Cairns
— 5 nights
Fly:  5​h
Melbourne
— 2 nights
Fly:  25​h
Zurich

1
day
Darwin

Darwin ©
The smallest of Australia’s state capitals, Darwin has nevertheless become an attractive and important urban center, being simultaneously one of the country’s most modernized cities and a gateway to both the Top End region and South East Asia.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Wed): race across the water with a speed boat tour, identify plant and animal life at Crocosaurus Cove, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Mindil Beach.

To find traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Darwin trip maker site .

Zurich, Switzerland to Darwin is an approximately 27-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 8 hours traveling from Zurich to Darwin. Traveling from Zurich in October, expect Darwin to be much hotter, temps between 39°C and 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Alice Springs.

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Mindil Beach ©
Mindil Beach
Crocosaurus Cove ©
Crocosaurus Cove
Speed Boats Tours

2
days
Alice Springs

Alice Springs ©
Situated right in the heart of Australia, Alice Springs serves as an urban oasis deep within the country’s parched, desert-like Red Center.
On the 18th (Thu), admire the natural beauty at Olive Pink Botanic Garden and then identify plant and animal life at Alice Springs Desert Park. Here are some ideas for day two: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Gillen, look for gifts at Tjanpi Desert Weavers, steep yourself in history at Alice Springs Telegraph Station Historical Reserve, then take some stellar pictures from Anzac Hill, and finally identify plant and animal life at The Kangaroo Sanctuary.

To see more things to do, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Alice Springs trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by flight from Darwin to Alice Springs takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect little chillier evenings in Alice Springs when traveling from Darwin in October, with lows around 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Orange.

Things to do in Alice Springs

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The Kangaroo Sanctuary ©
The Kangaroo Sanctuary
Alice Springs Desert Park ©
Alice Springs Desert Park
Alice Springs Reptile Centre ©
Alice Springs Reptile Centre

1
day
Orange

Orange ©
Orange is a city in the Central West region of New South Wales, Australia. Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sun): indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, admire the natural beauty at Cook Park, then do a tasting at Orange Mountain Wines, and finally explore the activities along Lake Canobolas.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read Orange trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Alice Springs to Orange takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Alice Springs in October: high temperatures in Orange hover around 28°C and lows are around 9°C. You'll have a few hours on the 22nd (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling to Cairns.

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Lake Canobolas ©
Lake Canobolas
Cook Park ©
Cook Park
Worldly Treasures ©
Worldly Treasures

4
days
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. Relax by the water at Palm Cove Beach and Four Mile Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cairns: Safaris (in Port Douglas) and Palm Cove (Hartley's Crocodile Adventures & Spas & Wellness). It doesn't end there: trek along Esplanade Boardwalk and get interesting insight from Shaolin Junk Cruises.

For more things to do, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Cairns vacation builder tool .

Traveling by flight from Orange to Cairns takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. When traveling from Orange in October, plan for a bit warmer days and much hotter nights in Cairns: temperatures range from 34°C by day to 24°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Cairns

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Side Trips

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

3
days
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Visiting St. Kilda Beach and Warrandyte State Park will get you outdoors. And it doesn't end there: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, stroll through Melbourne Zoo, make a trip to Block Arcade, and admire the landmark architecture of Shrine of Remembrance.

To find ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read our Melbourne trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Cairns to Melbourne in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Cairns in October, expect nights in Melbourne to be much colder, around 9°C, while days are little chillier, around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

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Side Trip

St. Kilda Beach
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Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
St. Kilda Beach ©
St. Kilda Beach
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo

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