16 days in Australia Itinerary

16 days in Australia Itinerary

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16 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Cleveland
Fly:  23​h 45​min
1
Brisbane
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 45​min
2
Sydney
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Canberra
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 30​min
4
Melbourne
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
5
Perth
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h
6
Alice Springs
— 1 day
Fly:  4​h 15​min
7
Cairns
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
8
Port Douglas
— 1 night
shuttle + Fly:  29​h
End: Cleveland

1
night
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.
On the 14th (Sun), look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, then admire the natural beauty at Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt. Coot-tha, and then get great views at Mount Coot-tha Lookout. On your second day here, take in nature's colorful creations at Roma Street Parkland, then let little ones run wild at South Bank Parklands, and then admire the natural beauty at City Botanic Gardens.

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Cleveland, USA to Brisbane is an approximately 24-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight, bus, and train. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) (AEST) is 15 hours. Prepare for much hotter weather when traveling from Cleveland in April: high temperatures in Brisbane hover around 78°F and lows are around 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Fun & Games Wildlife
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South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Mount Coot-tha Lookout ©
Mount Coot-tha Lookout

3
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.
Sydney is known for nightlife, trails, beaches, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, take a stroll through Darling Harbour, enjoy the sand and surf at Manly Beach, and get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium.

For photos, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Sydney trip planner .

You can fly from Brisbane to Sydney in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. When traveling from Brisbane in April, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Sydney: temperatures range from 73°F by day to 59°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can drive to Canberra.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Neighborhoods
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney ©
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney

1
night
Canberra

Canberra ©
A planned city with streets laid out in elaborate, geometric patterns and founded specifically to serve as the capital of the emerging Australian state, Canberra has a self-sufficient atmosphere.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Fri): get engrossed in the history at Australian War Memorial, then explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Australia, then engage your brain at Questacon, and finally ponder the world of politics at Parliament of Australia.

To find more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Canberra trip planner .

You can drive from Sydney to Canberra in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Sydney in April, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Canberra, with lows of 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Canberra

Museums Childrens Museums
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Australian War Memorial ©
Australian War Memorial
Parliament of Australia ©
Parliament of Australia
National Gallery of Australia ©
National Gallery of Australia

2
nights
Melbourne

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sat): see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum, get to know the resident critters at Melbourne Zoo, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Royal Botanic Gardens. Keep things going the next day: learn about all things military at Shrine of Remembrance, admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Victoria, and then soar above the sights with a balloon tour.

For reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Melbourne trip itinerary builder site .

Getting from Canberra to Melbourne by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Canberra in April, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Melbourne, with lows of 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Perth.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums Outdoors Tours
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Balloon Rides
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo

1
night
Perth

Perth ©
A modern metropolis of glassy skyscrapers, waterside boulevards, and lush residential neighborhoods, Perth sits on the edge of the Swan Coastal Plain.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Mon): explore the activities along Swan River, contemplate the long history of The Perth Mint, then pause for some photo ops at Kings Park War Memorial, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Kings Park & Botanic Garden.

To find where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Perth trip itinerary maker app .

You can fly from Melbourne to Perth in 6.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Melbourne to Perth. Traveling from Melbourne in April, expect Perth to be somewhat warmer, temps between 80°F and 56°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can travel to Alice Springs.

Things to do in Perth

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Kings Park & Botanic Garden ©
Kings Park & Botanic Garden
Swan River ©
Swan River
The Perth Mint ©
The Perth Mint

1
day
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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): identify plant and animal life at Alice Springs Desert Park, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, and then identify plant and animal life at The Kangaroo Sanctuary.

For reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Alice Springs trip itinerary maker app .

You can fly from Perth to Alice Springs in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Perth to Alice Springs, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. April in Alice Springs sees daily highs of 84°F and lows of 55°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Alice Springs

Parks Wildlife Tours
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The Kangaroo Sanctuary ©
The Kangaroo Sanctuary
Walking tours
Alice Springs Desert Park ©
Alice Springs Desert Park

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Wed): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Keep things going the next day: have fun at Esplanade Lagoon Pool, then take in the dramatic scenery at Josephine Falls, then trek along Esplanade Boardwalk, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Gardens.

For where to stay, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, use the Cairns trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Alice Springs to Cairns takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Alice Springs in April, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Cairns, with lows around 72°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk
Esplanade Lagoon Pool ©
Esplanade Lagoon Pool

1
night
Port Douglas

A holiday in Port Douglas balances an activity-filled getaway with plenty of opportunities to relax, thanks to its proximity to the Great Barrier Reef and bustling beach life.
On the 26th (Fri), take a memorable tour with Tours.

To see maps, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Port Douglas online travel route planner .

You can drive from Cairns to Port Douglas in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a shuttle. In April, daily temperatures in Port Douglas can reach 85°F, while at night they dip to 71°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling

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