16 days in Australia Itinerary

16 days in Australia Itinerary

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16 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Newark
Fly:  30​h
1
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Melbourne
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 45​min
3
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
4
Brisbane
— 2 nights
Fly + shuttle:  6​h
5
Port Douglas
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Cairns
— 1 night
Fly:  30​h
End: Newark

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: see a show at Sydney Opera House, stroll through Manly Beach, take a stroll through Darling Harbour, and appreciate the extensive heritage of The Rocks.

For photos, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Sydney online trip itinerary planner .

Newark, USA to Sydney is an approximately 30-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Newark to Sydney is 15 hours. Traveling from Newark in August, expect Sydney to be a bit cooler, temps between 66°F and 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Melbourne.

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
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Melbourne

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 15th (Thu): see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum, then admire the natural beauty at Melbourne Zoo, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens. Here are some ideas for day two: steep yourself in history at Old Melbourne Gaol, then explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Victoria, then admire the landmark architecture of Shrine of Remembrance, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck 88.

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Getting from Sydney to Melbourne by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Sydney in August, things will get little chillier in Melbourne: highs are around 57°F and lows about 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums Parks Historic Sites
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Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo

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nights
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park ©
For quintessential Outback scenery and culture, you can't beat a holiday in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, a World Heritage Site.
On the 17th (Sat), hike along Uluru Hiking Path, take in the exciting artwork at Walkatjara Art, get engrossed in the history at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, don't miss a visit to Uluru, then contemplate the waterfront views at Mutitjulu Waterhole, and finally trek along Kuniya Walk. On the 18th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get outside with Walpa Gorge, take in the awesome beauty at Kata Tjuta, and then take in the pleasant sights at Lungkata Walk.

To see maps, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park online tour planner .

You can fly from Melbourne to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Melbourne in August, you will find days in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park are a bit warmer (74°F), and nights are about the same (42°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta ©
Kata Tjuta
Lungkata Walk ©
Lungkata Walk

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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 19th (Mon): look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, then get great views at Mount Coot-tha Lookout, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Roma Street Parkland. Here are some ideas for day two: try out the rides at Wheel of Brisbane and then stroll around South Bank Parklands.

For ratings, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Brisbane online tour itinerary planner .

Traveling by flight from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Brisbane takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in August, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 50°F in Brisbane. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Port Douglas.

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

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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 21st (Wed), identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas. Here are some ideas for day two: identify plant and animal life at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Four Mile Beach.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Port Douglas trip itinerary website .

You can do a combination of flight and shuttle from Brisbane to Port Douglas in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle; or drive. In August, Port Douglas is a bit warmer than Brisbane - with highs of 80°F and lows of 62°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) early enough to go by car to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas ©
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Sat): enjoy some diversion at Esplanade Lagoon Pool, then hike along Esplanade Boardwalk, then have fun at Muddy's Playground, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Gardens.

For where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Cairns trip planner .

Drive from Port Douglas to Cairns in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 80°F in August, and nighttime lows around 63°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk
Botanical Gardens ©
Botanical Gardens

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