16 days in Australia Itinerary

16 days in Australia Itinerary

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16 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Plattsburgh
Fly:  27​h
1
Sydney
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Melbourne
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h
3
Gold Coast
— 1 night
4
Brisbane
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Maleny
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Noosa
— 2 nights
Travel:  18​h 30​min
7
Lizard Island
— Few hours
Travel:  5​h 45​min
8
Cow Bay
— 1 day
Fly:  37​h
End: Plattsburgh

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.
Get some cultural insight at The Rocks and Sydney Opera House. Get in touch with nature at Manly Beach and Bondi Beach. There's much more to do: trek along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, snap pictures at Sydney Harbour Bridge, stroll through The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk, and see the interesting displays at Australian National Maritime Museum.

To see maps, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Sydney travel itinerary planner.

Plattsburgh, USA to Sydney is an approximately 27-hour flight. Traveling from Plattsburgh to Sydney, you'll lose 15 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Plattsburgh in March, expect Sydney to be much hotter, temps between 79°F and 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
The Rocks ©
The Rocks

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.
Get some cultural insight at Shrine of Remembrance and Melbourne Museum. Get some historical perspective at Old Melbourne Gaol and St Paul's Cathedral. Next up on the itinerary: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Victoria, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck 88.

For maps, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read Melbourne trip itinerary planning website .

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Melbourne takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Sydney in March since evenings lows in Melbourne dip to 56°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Melbourne

Outdoors Parks Museums

Side Trip

St. Kilda Beach
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Melbourne Boat Hire ©
Melbourne Boat Hire
Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance
Old Melbourne Gaol ©
Old Melbourne Gaol

1
night
Gold Coast

Gold Coast
A city of towering skyscrapers, sandy beaches, and tree-lined streets, Gold Coast has an unpretentious air complemented by a citywide focus on sports and the arts.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Fri): look for all kinds of wild species at David Fleay Wildlife Park, then enjoy the sand and surf at Burleigh Heads Beach, and then kick back and relax at Surfer's Paradise Beach.

For reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Gold Coast trip itinerary maker .

Fly from Melbourne to Gold Coast in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Melbourne in March, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 68°F in Gold Coast. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can drive to Brisbane.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Surfer's Paradise Beach
Surfer's Paradise Beach
Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
David Fleay Wildlife Park ©
David Fleay Wildlife Park

1
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.
On the 9th (Sat), let little ones run wild at South Bank Parklands and then identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary.

For ratings, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Brisbane trip planner.

You can drive from Gold Coast to Brisbane in an hour. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. March in Brisbane sees daily highs of 82°F and lows of 68°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Maleny.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Fun & Games Wildlife
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Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands

1
night
Maleny

Maleny ©
A large influx of people searching for a cooperative lifestyle migrate to Maleny every year.
On the 10th (Sun), tour the pleasant surroundings at Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve, take in the spiritual surroundings of Chenrezig Institute, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Gardners Falls.

To find other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Maleny holiday planner .

You can drive from Brisbane to Maleny in 1.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. In March in Maleny, expect temperatures between 82°F during the day and 68°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to drive to Noosa.

Things to do in Maleny

Outdoors Trails Wildlife

Side Trip

Chenrezig Institute
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Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve ©
Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve
Chenrezig Institute ©
Chenrezig Institute
Gardners Falls ©
Gardners Falls

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Noosa

Noosa
Known for its "green" development and north-facing beach, Noosa is a natural getaway.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Mon): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Noosa National Park and then wander the streets of Hastings Street. Keep things going the next day: take in the dramatic natural features at Mount Coolum, enjoy the sand and surf at Peregian Beach, and then stroll through Noosa Main Beach.

To find where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Noosa trip builder app .

You can drive from Maleny to Noosa in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to travel to Lizard Island.

Things to do in Noosa

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trip

Mount Coolum
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Noosa National Park
Noosa National Park
Noosa Main Beach ©
Noosa Main Beach
Mount Coolum ©
Mount Coolum

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hours
Lizard Island

Lizard Island
On the 13th (Wed), see the vivid underwater world at No Name Reef and then take in the dramatic natural features at Cod Hole.

For other places to visit, maps, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Lizard Island trip planning website .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Noosa to Lizard Island. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to travel to Cow Bay.

Things to do in Lizard Island

Nature Parks Wildlife
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1
day
Cow Bay

Cow Bay
Start off your visit on the 14th (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Myall Beach, kick back and relax at Thornton Beach, and then take a peaceful walk through Daintree Rainforest - Cooper Creek Wilderness.

To find photos, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Cow Bay trip itinerary builder site .

Explore your travel options from Lizard Island to Cow Bay with the Route module. In March, daytime highs in Cow Bay are 87°F, while nighttime lows are 74°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cow Bay

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Cape Tribulation
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