16 days in Australia Itinerary

16 days in Australia Itinerary

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16 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Portland
Fly + Drive:  32​h
1
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)
— 2 nights
+2
bus + foot + Fly:  12​h
2
St Kilda
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
3
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 2 nights
Fly + shuttle:  6​h
4
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
5
Cairns
— 3 nights
Fly:  19​h 45​min
End: Portland

2
nights
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) ©
Jabiru is a town in the Northern Territory of Australia. Keep things going the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Anbangbang Billabong, then explore the striking landscape at Nanguluwur Art Site, and then steep yourself in history at Nourlangie Rock.

For reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) trip builder tool .

Portland, USA to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) is an approximately 32-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 17 hours traveling from Portland to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) so you can travel to St Kilda.

Things to do in Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Kakadu National Park
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Nourlangie Rock ©
Nourlangie Rock
Anbangbang Billabong ©
Anbangbang Billabong
Ubirr ©
Ubirr

2
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St Kilda

St Kilda ©
St Kilda is an inner suburb (neighbourhood) of the metropolitan area of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 6 km south-east of Melbourne's Central Business District. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Scienceworks and National Wool Museum. Popular historic sites such as Cape Schanck Lighthouse and William Ricketts Sanctuary are in your itinerary. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around St Kilda: RAAF Museum (in Point Cook), Pulpit Rock (in Cape Schanck) and Panorama Garden Estate (in Boneo). Next up on the itinerary: admire the natural beauty at Rippon Lea.

To find reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the St Kilda trip planner .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) to St Kilda in 12 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, flight, and bus; or drive. In March, daily temperatures in St Kilda can reach 76°F, while at night they dip to 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in St Kilda

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Cape Schanck, William Ricketts Sanctuary, Panorama Garden Estate, Scienceworks, Rippon Lea Estate
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RAAF Museum ©
RAAF Museum
William Ricketts Sanctuary ©
William Ricketts Sanctuary
Cape Schanck Lighthouse ©
Cape Schanck Lighthouse

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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 26th (Tue): look for all kinds of wild species at Red Desert Reptiles, don't miss a visit to Anangu Uwankaraku Punu Aboriginal corporation, get engrossed in the history at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, then take in the exciting artwork at Walkatjara Art, then explore the striking landscape at Uluru, and finally trek along Kuniya Walk. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: learn more about the world around you at Wintjiri Arts + Museum, take in the dramatic natural features at Kata Tjuta, and then get outside with Walpa Gorge.

To find where to stay, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read our Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from St Kilda to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 4 hours. Another option is to drive. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from St Kilda in March; daily highs in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park reach 95°F and lows reach 70°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) so you can travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Yulara
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Uluru ©
Uluru
Kuniya Walk ©
Kuniya Walk
Walpa Gorge ©
Walpa Gorge

2
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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.
When in Port Douglas, make a side trip to see Daintree Discovery Centre in Cow Bay, approximately 1h 20 min away. Spend the 29th (Fri) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 30th (Sat) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. It doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Mossman Gorge.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Port Douglas trip itinerary site .

Getting from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Port Douglas by combination of flight and shuttle takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in March: highs in Port Douglas hover around 87°F, while lows dip to 74°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Mossman Gorge Centre, Daintree Discovery Centre
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Daintree Discovery Centre ©
Daintree Discovery Centre

3
nights
Cairns

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.
Historic Village Herberton and St Monica's Cathedral will appeal to history buffs. Let the collections at The Crystal Caves and Bones and Jones capture your imagination. Take a break from Cairns with a short trip to Spy & Camera Museum in Herberton, about 1h 30 min away. There's much more to do: identify plant and animal life at Tablelands, Waterfalls, and Spanish Castle, have fun at Esplanade Lagoon Pool, learn about all things military at The Australian Armour & Artillery Museum, and shop like a local with Cairns Art Gallery.

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You can drive from Port Douglas to Cairns in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 87°F, and evening lows to 74°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Museums Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Herberton, The Crystal Caves
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Historic Village Herberton ©
Historic Village Herberton
Spy & Camera Museum ©
Spy & Camera Museum
The Crystal Caves ©
The Crystal Caves

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