16 days in Australia Itinerary

16 days in Australia Itinerary

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16 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: New York City
bus + Fly:  22​h 45​min
1
Brisbane
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
3
Cairns
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
4
Darwin
— 1 night
Drive:  7​h 30​min
5
Perth
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + bus + train:  10​h 15​min
6
Warrnambool
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h 30​min
7
Melbourne
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:  27​h
End: New York City

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): admire the masterpieces at Queensland Art Gallery and then have fun at South Bank Parklands. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get great views at Mount Coot-tha Lookout and then browse the collection at State Library Of Queensland.

To find photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Brisbane trip planning tool .

New York City, USA to Brisbane is an approximately 23-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 15 hours traveling from New York City to Brisbane. Traveling from New York City in October, expect nights in Brisbane to be about the same, around 61°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 77°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Brisbane

#Parks, #Fun & Games, #Museums
Find places to stay Oct 22 — 24:
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South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
State Library Of Queensland ©
State Library Of Queensland
Mount Coot-tha Lookout ©
Mount Coot-tha Lookout

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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Thu): admire the natural beauty at The Royal Botanic Garden, pause for some photo ops at Mrs Macquarie's Chair, then snap pictures at Sydney Harbour Bridge, and finally wander the streets of The Rocks. On the 26th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, then enjoy the sand and surf at Bondi Beach, then trek along The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk, and finally make a trip to Sydney Opera House.

For maps, reviews, photos, and tourist information, go to the Sydney trip planner .

Getting from Brisbane to Sydney by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 76°F in October, and nighttime lows around 59°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Sydney

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Trails
Find places to stay Oct 24 — 27:
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk
The Royal Botanic Garden ©
The Royal Botanic Garden

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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Sat): relax in the rural setting at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures. Here are some ideas for day two: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Cairns trip planning app .

You can fly from Sydney to Cairns in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Traveling from Sydney in October, expect Cairns to be somewhat warmer, temps between 85°F and 69°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) so you can travel to Darwin.

Things to do in Cairns

#Outdoors, #Wildlife, #Adventure

Side Trip

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

1
night
Darwin

The smallest of Australia’s state capitals, Darwin has nevertheless become an attractive and important urban center, being simultaneously one of the country’s most modernized cities and a gateway to both the Top End region and South East Asia.
On the 29th (Mon), race across the water with a speed boat tour, pause for some photo ops at Darwin Cenotaph, and then pause for some serene contemplation at St Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Cathedral.

For ratings, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Darwin trip itinerary builder site .

Traveling by flight from Cairns to Darwin takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Cairns in October; daily highs in Darwin reach 92°F and lows reach 75°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Tue) to allow time for travel to Perth.

Things to do in Darwin

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Museums
Find places to stay Oct 29 — 30:
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Speed Boats Tours
Defence of Darwin Experience ©
Defence of Darwin Experience
Darwin Cenotaph ©
Darwin Cenotaph

2
nights
Perth

Perth ©
A modern metropolis of glassy skyscrapers, waterside boulevards, and lush residential neighborhoods, Perth sits on the edge of the Swan Coastal Plain.
On the 31st (Wed), contemplate the waterfront views at Swan River, then have some family-friendly fun at The Escape Hunt Experience Perth, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Kings Park & Botanic Garden.

To see more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Perth trip planner.

You can fly from Darwin to Perth in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Darwin to Perth. Traveling from Darwin in October, expect nights in Perth to be cooler, around 51°F, while days are little chillier, around 75°F. You will leave for Warrnambool on the 1st (Thu).

Things to do in Perth

#Parks, #Nature, #Fun & Games

Side Trip

The Escape Hunt Experience Perth
Find places to stay Oct 30 — Nov 1:
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Kings Park & Botanic Garden ©
Kings Park & Botanic Garden
Swan River ©
Swan River
The Escape Hunt Experience Perth ©
The Escape Hunt Experience Perth

1
night
Warrnambool

Warrnambool ©
Warrnambool is a regional centre and former port city on the south-western coast of Victoria, Australia. On the 2nd (Fri), step off the mainland to explore Griffiths Island, get impressive views of Tower Hill Wildlife Reserve, and then admire the striking features of Warrnambool Breakwater.

To find photos, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Warrnambool online driving holiday planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Perth to Warrnambool takes 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Australian Western Standard Time (AWST) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Victoria) (AEST) is 2 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Warrnambool

#Nature, #Parks, #Wildlife

Side Trip

Griffiths Island
Find places to stay Nov 1 — 2:
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Tower Hill Wildlife Reserve ©
Tower Hill Wildlife Reserve
Griffiths Island ©
Griffiths Island

2
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
On the 3rd (Sat), shop like a local with Melbourne Central and then take in the awesome beauty at Dandenong Ranges National Park. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, then learn about all things military at Shrine of Remembrance, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Paul's Cathedral, and finally make a trip to Lygon Street.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, use the Melbourne trip itinerary planning tool .

Traveling by flight from Warrnambool to Melbourne takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In November, daytime highs in Melbourne are 73°F, while nighttime lows are 50°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

#Parks, #Nature, #Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Dandenong Ranges National Park
Find places to stay Nov 2 — 4:
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Dandenong Ranges National Park ©
Dandenong Ranges National Park
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance

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