16 days in Australia Itinerary

16 days in Australia Itinerary

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16 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Los Angeles
Fly:  20​h 15​min
1
Hobart
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
2
Melbourne
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Adelaide
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h 15​min
4
Albany
— 2 nights
Fly:  9​h 30​min
5
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 1 night
Fly + shuttle:  5​h 45​min
6
Port Douglas
— 2 nights
shuttle + Fly:  22​h 45​min
End: Los Angeles

2
nights
Hobart

Hobart ©
Snaking up the side of a rounded, tree-dotted hill, Hobart sits between Tasmania’s sprawling mountains and the vast estuary of the River Derwent.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Tue): kick back and relax at Seven Mile Beach, look for all kinds of wild species at Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary, and then contemplate the long history of Claremont House. On the next day, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

For ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Hobart trip itinerary planner .

Los Angeles, USA to Hobart is an approximately 20.5-hour flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of tram and flight. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Tasmania) (AEST) is 18 hours. December in Hobart sees daily highs of 70°F and lows of 52°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Hobart

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Seven Mile Beach, Claremont House
Find places to stay Dec 24 — 26:
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Seven Mile Beach ©
Seven Mile Beach
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary

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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Brighton Beach and then take in the awesome beauty at Dandenong Ranges National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Fri): get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To see other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Melbourne online holiday planner .

You can fly from Hobart to Melbourne in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Traveling from Hobart in December, you will find days in Melbourne are a bit warmer (78°F), and nights are about the same (54°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Adelaide.

Things to do in Melbourne

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Brighton Beach, Dandenong Ranges National Park
Find places to stay Dec 26 — 28:
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Brighton Beach ©
Brighton Beach
Dandenong Ranges National Park ©
Dandenong Ranges National Park
Nature & Wildlife Tours

2
nights
Adelaide

Adelaide ©
Adelaide exists contentedly as a cultured, diverse, and attractive city with a laid-back center, leafy residential districts, and an underlying cosmopolitan atmosphere.
On the 29th (Sat), look for all kinds of wild species at Gorge Wildlife Park, admire the natural beauty at The Cedars, and then kick back and relax at Aldinga Beach. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the long history of Carrick Hill, then enjoy the sand and surf at Henley Beach, and then trek along River Torrens Linear Park Trail.

To see more things to do, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read our Adelaide trip planner.

Getting from Melbourne to Adelaide by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. In December, daytime highs in Adelaide are 79°F, while nighttime lows are 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Albany.

Things to do in Adelaide

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Henley Beach, Gorge Wildlife Park, The Cedars, Aldinga Beach
Find places to stay Dec 28 — 30:
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Gorge Wildlife Park ©
Gorge Wildlife Park
Aldinga Beach ©
Aldinga Beach
Carrick Hill ©
Carrick Hill

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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.
Explore hidden gems such as Cheynes Beach and Lowlands Beach. Visiting Anvil Beach and Shelley Beach will get you outdoors. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Albany: Bluff Knoll (in Stirling Range National Park) and Denmark (Lights Beach & Elephant Rocks). There's more to do: identify plant and animal life at Muttonbird Beach and Shelter Island.

For maps, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Albany trip planner .

Fly from Adelaide to Albany in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Adelaide to Albany is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Adelaide in December, expect Albany to be slightly colder, temps between 73°F and 53°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Albany

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Denmark, Cheynes Beach, Bluff Knoll, Lowlands Beach
Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 2:
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Elephant Rocks ©
Elephant Rocks
Bluff Knoll ©
Bluff Knoll
Cheynes Beach ©
Cheynes Beach

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 3rd (Thu): look for all kinds of wild species at Red Desert Reptiles, take in the exciting artwork at Walkatjara Art, take in the dramatic natural features at Uluru, then explore the activities along Mutitjulu Waterhole, and finally trek along Kuniya Walk. Keep things going the next day: get outside with Walpa Gorge, then take in the dramatic natural features at Kata Tjuta, and then get engrossed in the history at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre.

To find other places to visit, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip maker site .

Fly from Albany to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, and flight; or drive. Traveling from Albany to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Albany in January, you will find days in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park are much hotter (99°F), and nights are a bit warmer (73°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Red Desert Reptiles
Find places to stay Jan 2 — 4:
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Uluru ©
Uluru
Walpa Gorge ©
Walpa Gorge
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga ©
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga

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.
We've included these beaches for you: Four Mile Beach and Palm Cove Beach. Discover out-of-the-way places like St Monica's Cathedral and Ngarru Gallery. Spend the 5th (Sat) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. And it doesn't end there: experience rural life at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, brush up on your military savvy at The Australian Armour & Artillery Museum, and do a tasting at Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Port Douglas online tour itinerary planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Port Douglas takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. When traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in January, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Port Douglas: temperatures range from 89°F by day to 75°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Cairns, Palm Cove, Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery
Find places to stay Jan 4 — 7:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
St Monica's Cathedral ©
St Monica's Cathedral

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