16 days in Australia Itinerary

16 days in Australia Itinerary

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16 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
Fly:  25​h
1
Canberra
— 1 day
Drive:  3​h 15​min
2
Sydney
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Melbourne
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + foot + bus:  12​h
4
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)
— 2 nights
+2
bus + foot + Fly:  9​h
5
Cairns
— 2 nights
Fly:  23​h 15​min
End: Washington DC

1
day
Canberra

Canberra ©
A planned city with streets laid out in elaborate, geometric patterns and founded specifically to serve as the capital of the emerging Australian state, Canberra has a self-sufficient atmosphere.
On the 1st (Sun), get engrossed in the history at Australian War Memorial, then pick up some local products at Fyshwick Fresh Food Market, then explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Australia, and finally ponder the world of politics at Parliament of Australia.

For traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read our Canberra trip itinerary website .

Washington DC, USA to Canberra is an approximately 25-hour flight. You can also do a combination of subway, bus, and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. You'll lose 15 hours traveling from Washington DC to Canberra due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Washington DC in September, plan for little chillier days and much colder nights in Canberra: temperatures range from 63°F by day to 37°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) so you can go by car to Sydney.

Things to do in Canberra

Museums Shopping
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Australian War Memorial ©
Australian War Memorial
National Gallery of Australia ©
National Gallery of Australia
Fyshwick Fresh Food Market ©
Fyshwick Fresh Food Market

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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Australian National Maritime Museum and Art Gallery of New South Wales. Get some cultural insight at The Rocks and Darling Harbour. There's much more to do: browse the eclectic array of goods at Sydney Fish Market, enjoy the sand and surf at Bondi Beach, look for gifts at Volle Jewellery, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Manly Beach.

To see maps, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Sydney trip itinerary maker app .

Traveling by car from Canberra to Sydney takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Traveling from Canberra in September, things will get somewhat warmer in Sydney: highs are around 71°F and lows about 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Australian National Maritime Museum ©

3
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Shop till you drop at Melbourne Central and Readings Book Shop. Melbourne Museum and National Gallery of Victoria will appeal to museum buffs. There's still lots to do: take an in-depth tour of Shrine of Remembrance, buy something for everyone on your list at Bourke Street Mall, admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, and look for gifts at Lightning Ridge Opal Mines.

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Fly from Sydney to Melbourne in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Sydney in September: high temperatures in Melbourne hover around 63°F and lows are around 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park).

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums Shopping Historic Sites
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Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum
Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance
National Gallery of Victoria ©
National Gallery of Victoria

2
nights
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) ©
Jabiru is a town in the Northern Territory of Australia. Your inner history buff will appreciate Ubirr and Nourlangie Rock. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Maguk Gorge and Cahills Crossing. Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Warradjan Cultural Centre, don't miss a visit to Mirrai Lookout, and look for all kinds of wild species at Yellow Water.

To find photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) vacation builder site .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Melbourne to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) takes 12 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Wildlife Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Kakadu National Park
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Ubirr ©
Ubirr
Maguk Gorge ©
Maguk Gorge
Nourlangie Rock ©
Nourlangie Rock

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.
You'll get in some beach time at Trinity Beach and Palm Cove Beach. Go for a jaunt from Cairns to Palm Cove to see Hartley's Crocodile Adventures about 44 minutes away. Spend the 12th (Thu) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. It doesn't end there: take in the exciting artwork at Bones and Jones.

For ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Cairns tour builder .

Getting from Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) to Cairns by combination of bus and flight takes about 9 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight; or drive. In September in Cairns, expect temperatures between 83°F during the day and 66°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

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

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