16 days in Australia Itinerary

16 days in Australia Itinerary

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16 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
Fly:  25​h
1
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Melbourne
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
3
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 3 nights
Fly + shuttle:  5​h 45​min
4
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
5
Cairns
— 2 nights
Fly:  23​h 15​min
End: Washington DC

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, shopping, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see a show at Sydney Opera House, snap pictures at Sydney Harbour Bridge, enjoy the sand and surf at Bondi Beach, and stroll through Manly Beach.

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Washington DC, USA to Sydney is an approximately 25-hour flight. You can also do a combination of subway, bus, and flight; or do a combination of subway, bus, and flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) is 15 hours. Traveling from Washington DC in February, expect Sydney to be much hotter, temps between 80°F and 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge

3
nights
Melbourne

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Melbourne is known for museums, shopping, parks, nightlife, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, don't miss a visit to Flinders Street Station, admire the masterpieces at The Johnston Collection, and see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum.

For ratings, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Melbourne vacation maker website .

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Melbourne takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Sydney in February, Melbourne is little chillier at night with lows of 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Melbourne

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

3
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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.
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is known for nature, museums, outdoors, trails, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire all the interesting features of Uluru, contemplate the waterfront views at Mutitjulu Waterhole, take in the awesome beauty at Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga, and admire the verdant scenery at Valley of the Winds.

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Getting from Melbourne to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive. Traveling from Melbourne in February, things will get somewhat warmer in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park: highs are around 98°F and lows about 71°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga ©
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga
Mutitjulu Waterhole ©
Mutitjulu Waterhole

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sat): stop by With Sugar, then take a memorable tour with Tours, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Opal Reef. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, take an exotic tour of a safari tour, and then get to know the resident critters at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas.

For other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Port Douglas journey planner.

You can do a combination of flight and shuttle from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Port Douglas in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in February, you will find days in Port Douglas are a bit cooler (88°F), and nights are about the same (75°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can catcht the bus to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Safaris

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.
On the 17th (Mon), explore and take pictures at The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas and then hike along Esplanade Boardwalk.

For photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Cairns online driving holiday planner .

You can take a bus from Port Douglas to Cairns in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In February, daytime highs in Cairns are 88°F, while nighttime lows are 75°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Spas, The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk
Spas

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