16 days in Australia Itinerary

16 days in Australia Itinerary

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16 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Seattle
Fly:  20​h
1
Sydney
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
2
St Kilda
— 2 nights
Fly + shuttle:  6​h 30​min
3
Port Douglas
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
4
Cairns
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + subway + shuttle:  24​h
End: Seattle

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.
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, tour the pleasant surroundings at Manly Beach, wander the streets of Darling Harbour, and take in the views from Sydney Harbour Bridge.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Sydney journey maker .

Seattle, USA to Sydney is an approximately 20-hour flight. You can also do a combination of shuttle and flight. Traveling from Seattle to Sydney, you'll lose 18 hours due to the time zone difference. In May, daytime highs in Sydney are 70°F, while nighttime lows are 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to St Kilda.

Things to do in Sydney

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

2
nights
St Kilda

St Kilda ©
St Kilda is an inner suburb (neighbourhood) of the metropolitan area of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 6 km south-east of Melbourne's Central Business District. On the 25th (Sat), enjoy the sand and surf at St. Kilda Beach, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Werribee Open Range Zoo, and then let little ones run wild at Barkly Gardens. On the 26th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Jewish Museum of Australia, then take an in-depth tour of Jewish Holocaust Centre, then examine the collection at Scienceworks, and finally let little ones run wild at Logan Reserve.

To see maps, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read our St Kilda trip planner .

Getting from Sydney to St Kilda by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. In May, St Kilda is slightly colder than Sydney - with highs of 63°F and lows of 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in St Kilda

Parks Museums Fun & Games

Side Trips

Werribee Open Range Zoo, Barkly Gardens, Logan Reserve, Scienceworks, Jewish Holocaust Centre
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Werribee Open Range Zoo ©
Werribee Open Range Zoo
St. Kilda Beach ©
St. Kilda Beach
Scienceworks ©
Scienceworks

3
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.
Spend the 27th (Mon) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 28th (Tue) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, see the vivid underwater world at Opal Reef, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas.

To see more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Port Douglas online trip maker .

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from St Kilda to Port Douglas takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Traveling from St Kilda in May, expect nights in Port Douglas to be much warmer, around 69°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 82°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

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

3
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.
Spend the 31st (Fri) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 2nd (Sun) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. The adventure continues: stroll through Esplanade Boardwalk, have fun at Esplanade Lagoon Pool, and take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Gardens.

To see more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Cairns trip itinerary maker site .

Drive from Port Douglas to Cairns in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. In May, plan for daily highs up to 82°F, and evening lows to 69°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk

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