16 days in Australia Itinerary

16 days in Australia Itinerary

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16 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Dallas
Fly:  23​h
1
Melbourne
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h
2
Perth
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h 15​min
3
Cairns
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + foot + bus:  9​h
4
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)
— 2 nights
+2
bus + foot + Fly:  14​h 30​min
5
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
6
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly:  19​h 15​min
End: Dallas

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.
Melbourne is known for museums, parks, shopping, zoos & aquariums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, make a trip to Flinders Street Station, enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck 88, and contemplate the long history of Old Melbourne Gaol.

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Dallas, USA to Melbourne is an approximately 23-hour flight. You can also do a combination of tram and flight; or do a combination of tram, flight, and train. Traveling from Dallas to Melbourne, you'll lose 16 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect cooler temperatures when traveling from Dallas in September; daily highs in Melbourne reach 63°F and lows reach 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Perth.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums Parks Historic Sites
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National Gallery of Victoria ©
National Gallery of Victoria
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum

1
night
Perth

Perth ©
A modern metropolis of glassy skyscrapers, waterside boulevards, and lush residential neighborhoods, Perth sits on the edge of the Swan Coastal Plain.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Thu): contemplate the waterfront views at Swan River, then contemplate the long history of The Perth Mint, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Kings Park & Botanic Garden.

To find where to stay, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Perth trip itinerary app .

You can fly from Melbourne to Perth in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Melbourne to Perth, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Melbourne in September, plan for a bit warmer days in Perth, with highs around 69°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to travel to Jabiru.

Things to do in Perth

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Kings Park and Botanic Garden ©
Kings Park and Botanic Garden
Swan River ©
Swan River
The Perth Mint ©
The Perth Mint

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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Fri): admire the natural beauty at Botanical Gardens and then relax in the rural setting at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures. On your second day here, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Cairns trip planner .

Getting from Perth to Cairns by flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Perth to Cairns is 2 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Perth in September, with highs in Cairns at 83°F and lows at 66°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can travel to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park).

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

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

2
nights
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) ©
Jabiru is a town in the Northern Territory of Australia. Start off your visit on the 16th (Sun): steep yourself in history at Nourlangie Rock and then make a trip to Ubirr. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Anbangbang Billabong, then explore the striking landscape at Nanguluwur Art Site, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Maguk Gorge.

To see ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) vacation planning app .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Cairns to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) in 9 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and car; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trip

Kakadu National Park
Find places to stay Sep 16 — 18:
Highlights from your plan
Maguk Gorge ©
Maguk Gorge
Ubirr ©
Ubirr
Nourlangie Rock ©
Nourlangie Rock

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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Wed): head outdoors with Walpa Gorge, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Kata Tjuta, and then get advice or help at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre. On the 20th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: trek along Uluru Hiking Path, then view the masterpieces at Walkatjara Art, then explore the striking landscape at Uluru, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Kuniya Walk.

To see traveler tips, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park travel itinerary planner.

Do a combination of bus and flight from Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 14.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and flight. In September, daily temperatures in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park can reach 83°F, while at night they dip to 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature
Find places to stay Sep 18 — 20:
Highlights from your plan
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga ©
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga
Uluru ©
Uluru
Uluru Hiking Path ©
Uluru Hiking Path

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.
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 Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, enjoy the sand and surf at Coogee Beach, and appreciate the extensive heritage of The Rocks.

To see reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Sydney trip itinerary site .

Fly from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Sydney in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in September, you will find days in Sydney are slightly colder (71°F), and nights are about the same (54°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Neighborhoods
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Highlights from your plan
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge

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