16 days in Australia Itinerary

16 days in Australia Itinerary

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16 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: New Delhi
Fly:  15​h 15​min
1
Sydney
— 1 day
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Port Macquarie
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
3
Byron Bay
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
4
Noosa
— 2 nights
5
Brisbane
— 1 night
+2
Fly + taxi + bus:  5​h
6
Airlie Beach
— 1 night
Drive + ferry:  4​h 30​min
7
Magnetic Island
— 1 night
ferry:  30​min
8
Townsville
— 1 night
9
Cairns
— 6 nights
Fly:  14​h 30​min
End: New Delhi

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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.
On the 12th (Sun), tour the pleasant surroundings at Bondi Beach, then tour the pleasant surroundings at The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk, then see a show at Sydney Opera House, and finally wander the streets of The Rocks.

For maps, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Sydney route maker .

New Delhi, India to Sydney is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from India Standard Time (IST) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) (AEST), which is usually a 4 hour difference. Plan for colder temperatures traveling from New Delhi in May, with highs in Sydney at 24°C and lows at 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can travel to Port Macquarie.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Neighborhoods
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
The Rocks ©
The Rocks

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Port Macquarie

Port Macquarie ©
Known for its numerous beaches and resident koala population, Port Macquarie offers visitors a welcoming environment in which to unwind.
On the 13th (Mon), look for all kinds of wild species at Koala Hospital, enjoy the sea views from Tacking Point Lighthouse, then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Sea Acres Rainforest Centre Port Macquarie, and finally make a trip to Breakwall Waking Path.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read Port Macquarie trip planner.

You can fly from Sydney to Port Macquarie in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. When traveling from Sydney in May, plan for a bit cooler days in Port Macquarie, with highs around 16°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to drive to Byron Bay.

Things to do in Port Macquarie

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites
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Koala Hospital ©
Koala Hospital
Tacking Point Lighthouse ©
Tacking Point Lighthouse

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night
Byron Bay

Byron Bay
Named after Lord Byron's grandfather, Byron Bay is not only famous as the easternmost point of Australia, but even more so as one of the liveliest vacation spots in the country.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Tue): explore the galleries of Thomgallery, then trek along Cape Byron Walking Track, then get interesting insight from Tours, and finally look for gifts at Truly Tea.

To find ratings, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Byron Bay trip site .

Getting from Port Macquarie to Byron Bay by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Port Macquarie in May: highs in Byron Bay hover around 27°C, while lows dip to 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Noosa.

Things to do in Byron Bay

Outdoors Adventure Tours
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Cape Byron Walking Track
Cape Byron Walking Track
Kayaking & Canoeing
Thomgallery ©
Thomgallery

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nights
Noosa

Noosa ©
Known for its "green" development and north-facing beach, Noosa is a natural getaway.
On the 15th (Wed), hunt for treasures at The Original Eumundi Markets, then enjoy the sand and surf at Noosa Main Beach, and then stop by Berkelouw Book Barn. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Noosa National Park and then take some stellar pictures from Lows Lookout.

For where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Noosa trip itinerary maker website .

You can drive from Byron Bay to Noosa in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can go by car to Brisbane.

Things to do in Noosa

Parks Nature Shopping

Side Trips

Eumundi, Lows Lookout
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The Original Eumundi Markets ©
The Original Eumundi Markets
Noosa National Park
Noosa National Park
Noosa Main Beach ©
Noosa Main Beach

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night
Brisbane

Brisbane ©
Queensland’s biggest town and state capital, Brisbane has an attractive, manicured image based around its riverside aesthetic as well as the contrast between its high-rise center and extensive urban greenery.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Fri): look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, then explore the world behind art at Gallery of Modern Art, and then admire the natural beauty at City Botanic Gardens.

To find maps, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Brisbane trip planning website .

You can drive from Noosa to Brisbane in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Brisbane can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to travel to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Wildlife Museums
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Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Gallery of Modern Art ©
Gallery of Modern Art
City Botanic Gardens ©
City Botanic Gardens

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Airlie Beach

Airlie Beach ©
Very much a town with an emphasis on the tropical lifestyle, Airlie Beach offers exotic surroundings with palm trees and charming, sandy beaches.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Airlie Beach Lagoon, browse the exhibits of Above & Below Photography, then paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, and finally browse the exhibits of Art Whitsunday Gallery & Shop.

For more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Airlie Beach travel planner .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Brisbane to Airlie Beach in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and ferry; or drive. Traveling from Brisbane in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Airlie Beach, with lows of 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Magnetic Island.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Adventure Tours
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Airlie Beach Lagoon ©
Airlie Beach Lagoon
Kayaking & Canoeing

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night
Magnetic Island

Magnetic Island ©
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sun): get interesting insight from Big Mama Sailing, then enjoy the sand and surf at Geoffrey Bay, and then explore and take pictures at Magnetic Island Forts Walk.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Magnetic Island trip simple and quick.

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Airlie Beach to Magnetic Island in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of bus, train, and ferry. Traveling from Airlie Beach in May, expect nights in Magnetic Island to be about the same, around 21°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 32°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can catch the ferry to Townsville.

Things to do in Magnetic Island

Outdoors Adventure Tours
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Geoffrey Bay ©
Geoffrey Bay

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Townsville

Townsville ©
Tucked snugly beneath a steep, craggy mount--known as Castle Hill--the vibrant city of Townsville is as picturesque as its backdrop.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Mon): explore the striking landscape of Museum of Tropical Queensland, then enjoy the sand and surf at The Strand, and then go for a walk through Castle Hill.

For reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Townsville trip itinerary app .

Townsville is very close to Magnetic Island. In May in Townsville, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 21°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Townsville

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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The Strand ©
The Strand
Castle Hill
Castle Hill
Museum of Tropical Queensland ©
Museum of Tropical Queensland

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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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Botanical Gardens. Escape the urban bustle at Palm Cove Beach and Balloon Rides. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cairns: Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas (in Port Douglas) and Hartley's Crocodile Adventures (in Palm Cove). Spend the 21st (Tue) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's still lots to do: get interesting insight from Tours, stroll through Esplanade Boardwalk, and look for gifts at Australian Leather Company.

To see ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Cairns driving holiday planning app .

Traveling by flight from Townsville to Cairns takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in May, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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