16 days in Australia Itinerary

16 days in Australia Itinerary

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16 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Los Angeles
Fly:  17​h 45​min
1
Sydney
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Katoomba
— 2 nights
train + Fly:  6​h
3
Melbourne
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
4
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 3 nights
Fly + shuttle:  5​h 45​min
5
Port Douglas
— 1 night
bus:  1​h 15​min
6
Cairns
— 1 night
Fly:  16​h 45​min
End: Los Angeles

2
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, trek along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, take in the views from Sydney Harbour Bridge, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Sydney Fish Market.

For other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Sydney trip planner .

Los Angeles, USA to Sydney is an approximately 18-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Los Angeles to Sydney, you'll lose 18 hours due to the time zone difference. In May, Sydney is a bit cooler than Los Angeles - with highs of 70°F and lows of 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to drive to Katoomba.

Things to do in Sydney

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

2
nights
Katoomba

Katoomba ©
Located off of the Great Western Highway, Katoomba is the main hub of the City of Blue Mountains.
On the 15th (Wed), admire the natural beauty at Everglades Historic House and Gardens, trek along Fortress Rock, then admire the masterpieces at Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum, then admire the sheer force of Wentworth Falls, and finally explore the stunning scenery at Lincoln's Rock. On the next day, get great views at Hargraves Lookout, take some stellar pictures from The Three Sisters, take in the dramatic scenery at Bridal Veil Falls, then make a trip to Gallery Blackheath, and finally head outdoors with Evans Lookout.

To find where to stay, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Katoomba trip itinerary website .

You can drive from Sydney to Katoomba in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Traveling from Sydney in May, Katoomba is a bit cooler at night with lows of 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Katoomba

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Blackheath, Leura, Hargraves Lookout, Lincoln's Rock, Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum
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Fortress Rock ©
Fortress Rock
Wentworth Falls ©
Wentworth Falls
Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum ©
Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum

2
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, admire the striking features of Royal Exhibition Building, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Melbourne Zoo, and get interesting insight from Tours.

To see maps, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Melbourne trip itinerary maker tool .

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Katoomba to Melbourne takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Katoomba in May, expect nights in Melbourne to be about the same, around 46°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 63°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Melbourne

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

3
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: don't miss a visit to Uluru, get engrossed in the history at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, get outside with Walpa Gorge, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Uluru Hiking Path.

For photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park vacation maker website .

You can fly from Melbourne to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Melbourne in May, expect nights in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to be about the same, around 51°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 76°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Uluru ©
Uluru
Lungkata Walk ©
Lungkata Walk
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga ©
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga

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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On the 24th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: browse the exhibits of Des Spencer Galleries, experience rural life at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, then meet the residents at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, and finally look for gifts at With Sugar.

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You can do a combination of flight and shuttle from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Port Douglas in 6 hours. Another option is to drive. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in May: high temperatures in Port Douglas hover around 82°F and lows are around 69°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can drive 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
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 25th (Sat): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

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Traveling by car from Port Douglas to Cairns takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. In May, daily temperatures in Cairns can reach 82°F, while at night they dip to 69°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
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Scuba & Snorkeling

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