16 days in Australia Itinerary

16 days in Australia Itinerary

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16 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Springfield
Fly:  22​h 15​min
1
Sydney
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Melbourne
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
3
Bribie Island
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
4
Cairns
— 3 nights
Fly:  23​h 30​min
End: Springfield

5
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 Bondi Beach and Manly Beach for some beach relaxation. Get a sense of the local culture at The Rocks and Darling Harbour. Spend the 21st (Mon) exploring nature at Sydney Harbour National Park. Next up on the itinerary: trek along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, explore the world behind art at Australian Centre for Photography, snap pictures at Sydney Harbour Bridge, and stroll through The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk.

For ratings, photos, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Sydney day trip planning site .

Springfield, USA to Sydney is an approximately 22.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales), which is usually a 16 hour difference. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Springfield in May: highs in Sydney hover around 70°F, while lows dip to 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk

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.
Get some cultural insight at Shrine of Remembrance and Old Melbourne Gaol. Step off the beaten path and head to St. Patrick's Cathedral and St Paul's Cathedral. There's much more to do: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum, take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck 88, and meet the residents at Melbourne Zoo.

To see ratings, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Melbourne holiday maker site .

You can fly from Sydney to Melbourne in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Sydney in May, things will get little chillier in Melbourne: highs are around 63°F and lows about 46°F. On the 26th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Bribie Island.

Things to do in Melbourne

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Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance
Old Melbourne Gaol ©
Old Melbourne Gaol
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum

3
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Bribie Island

Bribie Island ©
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Woorim Beach, then identify plant and animal life at Bribie Island Butterfly House, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Sylvan Beach. On the 28th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: kick back and relax at Red Beach and then enjoy the sand and surf at Bongaree Beach.

To see traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read our Bribie Island trip builder site .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Melbourne to Bribie Island. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Melbourne in May, with highs in Bribie Island at 74°F and lows at 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Bribie Island

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Bribie Island Butterfly House ©
Bribie Island Butterfly House

3
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 explore the less-touristy side of things at Palm Cove Beach and Tablelands, Waterfalls, and Spanish Castle. Take a break from the city and head to Scuba & Snorkeling and Trinity Beach. And it doesn't end there: admire the natural beauty at Botanical Gardens, let little ones run wild at Muddy's Playground, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Monica's Cathedral.

For maps, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read our Cairns road trip planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Bribie Island to Cairns. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Bribie Island in May: high temperatures in Cairns hover around 82°F and lows are around 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Palm Cove Beach, Trinity Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach

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