16 days in Australia Itinerary

16 days in Australia Itinerary

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16 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Chennai
Fly:  16​h
1
Sydney
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Faulconbridge
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
3
Canberra
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 30​min
4
Melbourne
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
5
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 2 nights
Fly + shuttle:  5​h 45​min
6
Port Douglas
— 1 night
bus:  1​h 15​min
7
Cairns
— 3 nights
Fly:  13​h 15​min
End: Chennai

2
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at The Rocks and Darling Harbour. Museum-lovers will get to explore Australian National Maritime Museum and Art Gallery of New South Wales. There's much more to do: see a show at Sydney Opera House, kick back and relax at Bondi Beach, admire the masterpieces at Australian Centre for Photography, and steep yourself in history at Justice & Police Museum.

To find reviews, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Sydney travel route builder app .

Chennai, India to Sydney is an approximately 16-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. You'll lose 4 hours traveling from Chennai to Sydney due to the time zone difference. Plan for colder temperatures traveling from Chennai in May, with highs in Sydney at 24°C and lows at 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can travel to Faulconbridge.

Things to do in Sydney

Museums Neighborhoods Historic Sites
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The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Australian National Maritime Museum ©
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach

1
night
Faulconbridge

Faulconbridge ©
Faulconbridge is a village located in the Blue Mountains 77 km west of Sydney, New South Wales and is 450 metres above sea level. On the 5th (Sun), admire the masterpieces at Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum, examine the collection at Valley Heights Locomotive Depot Heritage Museum, then snap pictures at Lennox Bridge, then delve into the lush surroundings at Birdwood Gully Park, and finally stroll the grounds of Faulconbridge Cemetery.

To find where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Faulconbridge road trip planning tool .

Drive from Sydney to Faulconbridge in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Sydney in May, Faulconbridge is slightly colder at night with lows of 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Canberra.

Things to do in Faulconbridge

Museums Trails Nature

Side Trips

Lennox Bridge, Valley Heights Locomotive Depot Heritage Museum, Birdwood Gully Park
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Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum ©
Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum
Lennox Bridge ©
Lennox Bridge

1
night
Canberra

Canberra ©
A planned city with streets laid out in elaborate, geometric patterns and founded specifically to serve as the capital of the emerging Australian state, Canberra has a self-sufficient atmosphere.
On the 6th (Mon), admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Australia, explore the world behind art at National Portrait Gallery, and then get engrossed in the history at Australian War Memorial.

For more things to do, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read Canberra trip planner .

You can drive from Faulconbridge to Canberra in 3.5 hours. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Faulconbridge in May; daily highs in Canberra reach 19°C and lows reach 2°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Canberra

Museums
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Australian War Memorial ©
Australian War Memorial
National Gallery of Australia ©
National Gallery of Australia
National Portrait Gallery ©
National Portrait Gallery

3
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Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Melbourne Museum and National Gallery of Victoria will appeal to museum buffs. Visit Shrine of Remembrance and Old Melbourne Gaol for their historical value. There's much more to do: examine the collection at The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia, explore the galleries of The Johnston Collection, take an in-depth tour of Immigration Museum, and admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens.

To find ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Melbourne trip planner .

Fly from Canberra to Melbourne in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Canberra in May, plan for a bit warmer nights in Melbourne, with lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums Historic Sites Tours
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Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum
Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance
National Gallery of Victoria ©
National Gallery of Victoria

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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Fri): hike along Kuniya Walk, contemplate the waterfront views at Mutitjulu Waterhole, then take in the dramatic natural features at Uluru, and finally stroll through Uluru Hiking Path. On the next day, view the masterpieces at Walkatjara Art, then take an in-depth tour of Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, then go for a walk through Lungkata Walk, and finally take in the awesome beauty at Kata Tjuta.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park online tour itinerary planner .

You can fly from Melbourne to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. While traveling from Melbourne, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, ranging from highs of 28°C to lows of 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Trails
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Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta ©
Kata Tjuta
Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre ©
Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre

1
night
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.
On the 12th (Sun), see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take an exotic tour of a safari tour.

For reviews, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Port Douglas trip planning app .

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Port Douglas takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in May: high temperatures in Port Douglas hover around 32°C and lows are around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris

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.
Get outdoors at Scuba & Snorkeling and Nature & Wildlife Tours. The adventure continues: hike along Esplanade Boardwalk and take in the exciting artwork at Bones and Jones.

For more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Cairns road trip app .

Getting from Port Douglas to Cairns by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a shuttle. May in Cairns sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 24°C at night. On the 16th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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