16 days in Australia Itinerary

16 days in Australia Itinerary

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16 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  23​h 15​min
1
Cairns
— 4 nights
+2
Fly + foot + ferry:  4​h 45​min
2
Airlie Beach
— 3 nights
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  5​h 45​min
3
Sydney
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
4
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  34​h
End: London

4
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Cairns: Hartley's Crocodile Adventures (in Palm Cove) and Safaris (in Port Douglas). The adventure continues: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, get interesting insight from Tours, trek along Esplanade Boardwalk, and pause for some photo ops at Cairns Cenotaph.

For photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Cairns trip itinerary website .

London, UK to Cairns is an approximately 23.5-hour flight. You'll lose 10 hours traveling from London to Cairns due to the time zone difference. In October, Cairns is much hotter than London - with highs of 34°C and lows of 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can travel to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Safaris
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Safaris

3
nights
Airlie Beach

Very much a town with an emphasis on the tropical lifestyle, Airlie Beach offers exotic surroundings with palm trees and charming, sandy beaches.
Venture out of the city with trips to Hamilton Island (Hamilton Island Art Gallery & Hamilton Island Marina). There's lots more to do: get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, enjoy the sand and surf at Airlie Beach Lagoon, and see the world from above with a helicopter tour.

For more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, use the Airlie Beach tour planning tool .

Traveling by combination of flight and ferry from Cairns to Airlie Beach takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. When traveling from Cairns in October, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Airlie Beach: temperatures range from 30°C by day to 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Hamilton Island, Coral Beach and the Beak, Conway National Park
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Waterskiing & Jetskiing
Speed Boats Tours
Scuba & Snorkeling

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, shopping, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: enjoy some music at Sydney Opera House, tour the pleasant surroundings at Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, snap pictures at Sydney Harbour Bridge, and examine the collection at Australian National Maritime Museum.

To see ratings, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read our Sydney trip itinerary website .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Airlie Beach to Sydney in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and flight; or drive. Traveling from Airlie Beach in October, expect a bit cooler with lows of 17°C in Sydney. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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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
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.
On the 15th (Thu), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga, then get answers to all your questions at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Uluru. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Fri): admire the verdant scenery at Valley of the Winds.

For where to stay, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park journey site .

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. When traveling from Sydney in October, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park: temperatures range from 38°C by day to 18°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Museums
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Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga ©
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga
Valley of the Winds ©
Valley of the Winds

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