16 days in Australia Itinerary

16 days in Australia Itinerary

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16 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: New Delhi
Fly:  14​h 30​min
1
Cairns
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
2
Port Douglas
— 3 nights
shuttle + Fly:  5​h 45​min
3
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
4
Melbourne
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
5
Sydney
— 3 nights
Fly:  15​h 15​min
End: New Delhi

2
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Scuba & Snorkeling and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Get out of town with these interesting Cairns side-trips: Palm Cove (Village Gallery & Palm Cove Beach). Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Esplanade Boardwalk.

To see photos, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Cairns online tour planner .

New Delhi, India to Cairns is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from India Standard Time (IST) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) (AEST), which is usually a 4 hour difference. While traveling from New Delhi, expect somewhat warmer days and much hotter nights in Cairns, ranging from highs of 36°C to lows of 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Palm Cove
Find places to stay Dec 27 — 29:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk

3
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.
Visiting Safaris and Opal Reef will get you outdoors. Spend the 30th (Mon) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. The adventure continues: explore and take pictures at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures and stop by With Sugar.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Port Douglas visit planner .

Traveling by car from Cairns to Port Douglas takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. In December, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Find places to stay Dec 29 — Jan 1:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

2
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.
Get some cultural insight at Walkatjara Art and Kata Tjuta. Get outdoors at Uluru and Mutitjulu Waterhole. Next up on the itinerary: appreciate the views at Valley of the Winds, take some stellar pictures from Uluru, take an in-depth tour of Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, and head outdoors with Walpa Gorge.

To see traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park day trip planning tool .

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Port Douglas to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 6 hours. Another option is to drive. When traveling from Port Douglas in January, plan for somewhat warmer days in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, with highs around 43°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Find places to stay Jan 1 — 4:
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Kata Tjuta ©
Kata Tjuta
Uluru ©
Uluru
Valley of the Winds ©
Valley of the Winds

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.
Get in touch with nature at Royal Botanic Gardens and Melbourne Zoo. Do some cultural sightseeing at Melbourne Central and Melbourne Museum. There's lots more to do: learn about all things military at Shrine of Remembrance, soar above the sights with a balloon tour, explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Victoria, and stop by Ambiance Gifts.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Melbourne road trip planning website .

Traveling by flight from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Melbourne takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in January; daily highs in Melbourne reach 32°C and lows reach 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Outdoors Museums Tours
Find places to stay Jan 4 — 7:
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Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum

3
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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Wed): appreciate the extensive heritage of The Rocks, see a show at Sydney Opera House, then trek along The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Bondi Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: wander the streets of Darling Harbour and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Manly Beach.

To see other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Sydney online trip maker .

You can fly from Melbourne to Sydney in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Traveling from Melbourne in January, expect a bit warmer with lows of 23°C in Sydney. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Manly Beach
Manly Beach
The Rocks ©
The Rocks

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