16 days in Australia Itinerary

16 days in Australia Itinerary

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16 days in Australia Itinerary

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

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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Wed): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On the next day, enjoy some diversion at Esplanade Lagoon Pool, stroll through Esplanade Boardwalk, and then admire the natural beauty at Botanical Gardens.

To see ratings, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Cairns day trip planner.

Dallas, USA to Cairns is an approximately 22-hour flight. You can also do a combination of tram and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland), which is usually a 16 hour difference. Traveling from Dallas in July, things will get little chillier in Cairns: highs are around 79°F and lows about 64°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

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

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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Fri): take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports. Here are some ideas for day two: do a tasting at Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, then relax in the rural setting at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, and finally stop by Coffee Works.

To see ratings, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Port Douglas trip builder website .

Traveling by car from Cairns to Port Douglas takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. In July, daytime highs in Port Douglas are 78°F, while nighttime lows are 64°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Wildlife Adventure

Side Trips

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas ©
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas

2
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.
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is known for nature, museums, outdoors, trails, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the dramatic natural features at Uluru, take in the exciting artwork at Walkatjara Art, tour the pleasant surroundings at Kuniya Walk, and take in the pleasant sights at Lungkata Walk.

To see ratings, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park tour itinerary builder tool .

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Port Douglas to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Port Douglas in July, you will find days in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park are slightly colder (69°F), and nights are much colder (39°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Uluru ©
Uluru
Walpa Gorge ©
Walpa Gorge
Uluru Hiking Path ©
Uluru Hiking Path

1
night
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Wed): see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum, get lost in a book at State Library of Victoria, and then admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens. On the next day, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Melbourne Zoo, then explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Victoria, and then take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck 88.

For reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Melbourne day trip tool .

Fly from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Melbourne in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in July, you will find days in Melbourne are a bit cooler (56°F), and nights are about the same (42°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Museums Outdoors
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Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo

4
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.
Spend the 21st (Sun) exploring nature at Sydney Harbour National Park. There's lots more to do: listen to music at Sydney Opera House, take a stroll through The Rocks, meet the residents at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Bondi Beach.

To find reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Sydney tour itinerary tool .

Fly from Melbourne to Sydney in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Melbourne in July: highs in Sydney hover around 65°F, while lows dip to 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

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

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