16 days in Australia Itinerary

16 days in Australia Itinerary

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16 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Cardiff
Fly:  26​h
1
Melbourne
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
3
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 2 nights
Fly + shuttle:  5​h 45​min
4
Port Douglas
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Cairns
— 2 nights
+3
Fly + bus + foot + bus:  9​h
6
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)
— 2 nights
Fly:  32​h
End: Cardiff

1
night
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 19th (Tue), steep yourself in history at Old Melbourne Gaol, examine the collection at Melbourne Museum, and then admire all the interesting features of Royal Exhibition Building. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Victoria, then brush up on your military savvy at Shrine of Remembrance, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens.

To see other places to visit, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Melbourne online visit planner .

Cardiff, UK to Melbourne is an approximately 26-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 10 hours traveling from Cardiff to Melbourne. When traveling from Cardiff in November, plan for much warmer days in Melbourne, with highs around 26°C, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum
Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance
Old Melbourne Gaol ©
Old Melbourne Gaol

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.
Visit The Rocks and Justice & Police Museum for their historical value. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Sydney Opera House and Brett Whiteley Studio. And it doesn't end there: take a stroll through Darling Harbour, explore the world behind art at Australian Centre for Photography, see the interesting displays at Australian National Maritime Museum, and hike along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk.

To see traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Sydney online road trip planner .

Getting from Melbourne to Sydney by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Traveling from Melbourne in November, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Sydney, with lows of 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Neighborhoods Outdoors
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The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Darling Harbour
Darling Harbour

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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Sun): trek along Kuniya Walk, contemplate the waterfront views at Mutitjulu Waterhole, then take in the dramatic natural features at Uluru, and finally hike along Uluru Hiking Path. On the next day, get engrossed in the history at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, take in the exciting artwork at Walkatjara Art, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Kata Tjuta, and finally head outdoors with Walpa Gorge.

To see traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park online vacation planner .

You can fly from Sydney to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. When traveling from Sydney in November, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park: temperatures range from 41°C by day to 22°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta ©
Kata Tjuta
Kuniya Walk ©
Kuniya Walk

1
day
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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Tue): get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see reviews, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read Port Douglas trip planner .

You can do a combination of flight and shuttle from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Port Douglas in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. When traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in November, plan for slightly colder days and somewhat warmer nights in Port Douglas: temperatures range from 36°C by day to 26°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Adventure Outdoors Tours
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Scuba & Snorkeling

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 27th (Wed): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at St Monica's Cathedral, hike along Esplanade Boardwalk, then explore the world behind art at Samurai Gallery Australia, and finally have fun at Esplanade Lagoon Pool.

To see reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Cairns trip itinerary maker site .

Drive from Port Douglas to Cairns in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. In November, daily temperatures in Cairns can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park).

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Adventure Tours
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Scuba & Snorkeling
St Monica's Cathedral ©
St Monica's Cathedral
Samurai Gallery Australia ©
Samurai Gallery Australia

2
nights
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) ©
Jabiru is a town in the Northern Territory of Australia. Popular historic sites such as Ubirr and Nourlangie Rock are in your itinerary. Get some cultural insight at Yellow Water and Mamukala Wetlands. There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Cahills Crossing, don't miss a visit to Bardedjilidji Walk, and explore the striking landscape at Maguk Gorge.

To see where to stay, photos, maps, and more tourist information, use the Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) trip maker 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. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trip

Kakadu National Park
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Yellow Water ©
Yellow Water
Ubirr ©
Ubirr
Nourlangie Rock ©
Nourlangie Rock

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