16 days in Australia Itinerary

16 days in Australia Itinerary

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16 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Newark
Fly:  28​h
1
Sydney
— 1 night
Fly:  9​h
2
Albany
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
3
Margaret River
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  8​h 15​min
4
Esperance
— 1 night
Fly:  8​h 15​min
5
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 1 night
Fly + shuttle:  5​h 45​min
6
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  32​h
End: Newark

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sun): stroll through Manly Beach, then don't miss a visit to Sydney Opera House, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, and finally kick back and relax at Bondi Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Mon): wander the streets of Darling Harbour, then enjoy the sand and surf at Coogee Beach, then kick back and relax at Clovelly, and finally wander the streets of The Rocks.

To see reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Sydney holiday builder site .

Newark, USA to Sydney is an approximately 28-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 15 hours traveling from Newark to Sydney. Plan for much warmer temperatures traveling from Newark in December, with highs in Sydney at 81°F and lows at 65°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to travel to Albany.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Manly Beach
Manly Beach

1
night
Albany

Albany ©
Founded as a military outpost in 1826, Albany is the oldest town in Western Australia, just barely gaining this title by being settled two years earlier than Fremantle and Perth.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Tue): enjoy the sand and surf at Cheynes Beach, identify plant and animal life at Anvil Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Greens Pool. On the next day, examine the collection at National Anzac Centre, then stroll through Lowlands Beach, then stroll through Cosy Corner Beach, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at The Gap and Natural Bridge.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Albany trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Albany takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, train, and bus; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) to Australian Western Standard Time is minus 2 hours. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Sydney in December: high temperatures in Albany hover around 73°F and lows are around 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Margaret River.

Things to do in Albany

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Denmark, Cheynes Beach, Lowlands Beach, Cosy Corner Beach
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Greens Pool ©
Greens Pool
Cheynes Beach ©
Cheynes Beach
Lowlands Beach ©
Lowlands Beach

2
nights
Margaret River

Margaret River ©
A low-rise, laid-back town of approximately 4,500 inhabitants, Margaret River serves as an ideal local base to explore the surrounding wine region.
On the 20th (Thu), explore the fascinating underground world of Lake Cave, find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, then Head underground at Ngilgi Cave, and finally stroll through Meelup Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Fri): visit a coastal fixture at Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse, take in the dramatic natural features at Jewel Cave, then explore the fascinating underground world of Mammoth Cave, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Surfers Point.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read Margaret River online trip maker .

You can drive from Albany to Margaret River in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can travel to Esperance.

Things to do in Margaret River

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Boranup, Augusta, Meelup Beach, Ngilgi Cave, Surfers Point
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Lake Cave ©
Lake Cave
Meelup Beach ©
Meelup Beach
Mammoth Cave ©
Mammoth Cave

1
night
Esperance

Esperance ©
Esperance is a town in the Goldfields-Esperance region of Western Australia, on the Southern Ocean coastline approximately 720km east-southeast of the state capital, Perth. Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): explore the striking landscape of Cape Le Grand National Park. On your second day here, stroll through Thistle Cove, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Lucky Bay, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Frenchman's Peak.

For traveler tips, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read our Esperance trip builder website .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Margaret River to Esperance in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In December in Esperance, expect temperatures between 78°F during the day and 56°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) to allow time to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Esperance

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Cape Le Grand National Park ©
Cape Le Grand National Park
Lucky Bay ©
Lucky Bay
Thistle Cove ©
Thistle Cove

1
night
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 24th (Mon): head outdoors with Walpa Gorge, then take in the awesome beauty at Kata Tjuta, then see the world from above with a helicopter tour, and finally go for a walk through Field of Light. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Tue): trek along Uluru Hiking Path, get engrossed in the history at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, view the masterpieces at Walkatjara Art, then hike along Kuniya Walk, then contemplate the waterfront views at Mutitjulu Waterhole, and finally explore and take pictures at Uluru.

To see reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park day trip planner.

Getting from Esperance to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park by flight takes about 8.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Esperance to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In December, Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is a bit warmer than Esperance - with highs of 97°F and lows of 70°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Helicopter Tours
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Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga ©
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga
Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre ©
Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre

2
nights
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.
Get outdoors at Agincourt Reef and Scuba & Snorkeling. Relax by the water at Palm Cove Beach and Trinity Beach. There's more to do: identify plant and animal life at Mossman Gorge and stroll through Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas.

For ratings, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Port Douglas trip builder site .

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. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in December: highs in Port Douglas hover around 88°F, while lows dip to 73°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Palm Cove Beach, Mossman Gorge Centre, Trinity Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Agincourt Reef ©
Agincourt Reef
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach

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